GCU released a brand-new, modernized student portal to enhance and streamline your college experience. This innovative portal is mobile friendly, so you can log in and access it on any device, from anywhere.
Here are some of the exciting new features:
- Application dashboard customizable to your top-used apps most relevant to you
- Easy-to-use payment app
- Access to view class schedule, grades and counselor contact information
- Coursework management tools
- Student resources, helpful links and more!
Most of the information, tools, and resources frequently used in the old Student Portal are still accessible in this updated version. First, let’s take a look at how to access the new portal website.
GCU Portal Login
Navigate to gcuportal.gcu.edu and click Student Access to log in.
If you are prompted to select an account type when logging in, select Work or school account before entering your password.
GCU Portal Navigation
Once logged into the GCU portal, you can view courses, counselors, and personal information. You also have a dashboard of applications (referred to as apps) on the Portal Home page. You will use these apps to access most of the same tools and resources available in the previous version of the portal.
Below is an example of the new GCU Portal home page layout:
You will see course abbreviations for your current and most recent courses up to five weeks, or upcoming classes (3 days prior to start). Clicking a course abbreviation will open the LoudCloud classroom for that course in a new window. The GCU Portal will remain open in the previous window. Additionally, the End of Course Survey will populate under My Courses within the last week of your course.
In this section, you will see email and telephone contact information for your Student Services and/or Field Experience Counselors.
If you have set up a preferred email client (e.g. Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo) on your computer or device, clicking your counselor’s email address in this section will open a window to draft and send a message.
You can view and manage personal information in this section. Looking at this section from the homepage, you'll see your name, Student ID, cumulative GPA, and primary Program of Study. Click the vertical ellipses (three dots) in the upper right-hand corner of the section header and select View Details to add or change personal your information.
- You must contact your SSC to update certain types of personal information, like First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth, etc.
On the page that follows, you can click the vertical ellipses in the upper right-hand corner of the My Information section and select Edit Information.
This will open an Edit Address window where you can update your address, phone number, and email contact information. Click Save to apply changes and close the window.
The Who has access to my information section shows you which third-parties, such as a parent or spouse, have access to your information through a Student Information Release Form (SIRF) that you filled out for them. For more information regarding third-parties with access to your information, please contact your SSC.
The majority of tools and resources available in the new GCU Portal are accessed through a series of apps that appear on the My Apps dashboard. Clicking any of these will open the GCU Portal page or external website where that information is found.
By default, all available apps will appear on your dashboard the first time you log into the portal. To customize applications on the My Apps dashboard, you can click the vertical ellipses (three dots) at the top-right of the section header and select Edit.
This will change the appearance of all apps on the dashboard from color to gray-scale, as follows:
Selecting Edit will also create a menu of three colored buttons in the upper right-hand corner of the My Apps dashboard. You will use to these menu buttons to Add Apps (orange), Cancel Adding Apps (red), or Save Apps (green).
- Clicking either the red or the green button will close the dashboard and app customization, returning you to the Portal Home.
Deleting an Application
While editing the dashboard, you can click the trashcan icon at the bottom of most apps to remove them from the Portal Home view.
- Some apps do not have the trashcan icon. These permanent applications cannot be removed from the Student Portal home page.
Adding an Application
Click the orange Add Apps button at the top-right of the section to add an application. This will open an alphabetical list of apps not currently displayed on the My Apps dashboard.
You must Select a Theme (i.e. color) for the chosen app before the green + ADD APP button can be clicked. Once the desired apps have been added, you can close this window (click the X in the upper right-hand corner) to see them on the dashboard.
Customizing an Application
Click the cog icon at the bottom of any app to modify its appearance on the My Apps dashboard.
This will open a window for you to change settings for that specific app. Customizations include the size and theme (color) of the app. Click Save to make the changes.
NOTE Not all apps can be resized.
As apps are resized, the amount of information that is displayed on the Portal dashboard changes. Below is an example of how the Finance app displays information at different sizes.
Moving an Application
You can rearrange apps on the dashboard by clicking and holding the drag arrow icon at the bottom-right of any app. While holding the drag arrow icon, you can then drag and release the app where you want it to appear on the dashboard.
Closing Application/Dashboard Customization
Click the green Save Apps button in the upper right-hand corner of My Apps to save any modifications, close dashboard customization, and return to the Portal Home.
You can return to the Portal Home page from any page in the GCU Portal by clicking the Portal Home link in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
NOTE If you are on a mobile device, the Portal Home button may only appear as house icon.
Click Choose Theme in the upper left-hand corner of the GCU Portal home page (above the GCU header) to select and apply one of three color themes across all of the GCU Portal pages.