Congratulations on your acceptance to Grand Canyon University! The first step to being a new student is to set up your GCU username and password.
Set Up Your Account
Setting up your account is a two-step process.
- Start by registering for password reset to create your personal security questions.
- Once you’re finished registering, reset your password to create a unique password that’s a little easier to remember.
Access Your Student Portal
The next step is accessing your GCU Portal and becoming familiar with all the information and resources it provides. From the GCU Portal, you have access to a wealth of information, including links to your courses. Your counselor's contact information, learning resources, and your student email are also located inside of your GCU Portal.
Set Up Your Student Email
Accessing and setting up your student email is important to communicate with your classmates and instructor. Once you have access to your email, you can download and install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for free! This special offer, which gives you access to the latest Office programs, is available while you are an active student with GCU.
Access Your Courses
After your email is setup, you are now ready to access your courses! The GCU Portal provides direct access to all of your active courses from the My Courses section of the home page. Clicking the link to your course will take you right into LoudCloud. Just like traditional classes, it’s important to introduce yourself to your classmates. You can let your fellow students and your instructor know a little bit about yourself by posting to the Class Wall. Many of our courses also have eBooks; however, not all courses have eBooks, so make sure to check Canyon Connect for your specific course!
Get to Know Your Resources
Once you’re ready to begin working on assignments, be sure to check out the Student Success Center. It contains information for specific colleges at GCU, writing tools, style guides and templates, and many more useful resources to assist you with your coursework.
We want you to be prepared to start your education with us, so we provide interactive training sessions through our Student Success Webinars. These online seminars cover topics like navigating LoudCloud, accessing your GCU email and navigating the Student Portal. The sessions are taught in real-time and give you the opportunity to ask questions to our technicians.
If you can’t make it to one of our Webinars for LoudCloud, check out our LMS Test Drive! This webpage will give you the opportunity to explore the LoudCloud website before starting your courses:
Of course, our Help Center is always available for any questions you may have. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you on your educational journey. Welcome to Grand Canyon University!