If this is your first time logging into the Whitecaps Portal, your user name will
be in the format of “GC0123456”, where 0123456 is the student ID#, and your password
will be your date of birth in 6-digit MMDDYY format (010190 for Jan 1, 1990).
If you have logged into the Whitecaps Portal before, enter your GC network user name
and the password you used previously.
Activating Your GC Student Email @Whitecaps Account
Step 1: Login to the Whitecaps Portal, found on the Galveston College Webpage – www.gc.edu,
with your GC network user name and password.
Step 2: To view and retrieve your email address, click on VIEW MY @ WHITECAPS LOGIN INFORMATION.
Once you have obtained your @Whitecaps Email address and password,
Step 3: Click on the “Quick Links” tab, and then select @whitecaps Email & Office 365.
Step 4: You will then be taken to an external site, Microsoft Office 365. Your email address
will be the user id and the default password will be date of birth (mmddyy).
Step 5: You will then be asked to go through steps to complete the setup of your account.
You will be asked to change your password to a STRONG password, which must be at least
8 characters long, with at least 1 capital letter and at least 1 numeric character.
Step 6: Once complete, it will take a few moments for account completion, and then you will
be taken to your new @Whitecaps Email.
Your @Whitecaps account also gives you access to Office 365, an online web-enabled
version of Microsoft Office. You will be able to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Power
Point, Outlook, and OneNote.
To access Office 365, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Once logged into your @whitecaps account, click the Office 365 apps link in the top
Step 2: You will be taken to Office 365 – and the first time you access it, it takes a few
moments as your @whitecaps account is associated with your Office 365 storage.
Step 3: Once the Office 365 storage has been assigned, you’ll be presented with your Document
Step 4: You’re now ready to work with Microsoft Office 365! To create a new document, simply
click on ‘new document’ and choose what type of document you want to create.
You are able to create, edit, print, and share your work from Office 365. Please
contact your instructor on how they would like to receive your assignments
Your @Whitecaps email is available for access on your mobile device. The basic setups
follow. As smart phones and mobile devices differ greatly by manufacturer and operating
system, these are listed as a guide. More detailed information is available within the Help System of Office 365.
Step 1: User Account: firstname.lastname@example.org, unless otherwise specified in your Whitecaps email tab on your Whitecaps portal
Step 2: Incoming Settings for IMAP Configuration
Server Name: outlook.office365.com
Encryption Method: SSL
Step 3: Outgoing Email Settings for SMTP:
Server Name: smtp.office365.com
Encryption Method: TLS
Should you encounter difficulty, please consult the Help Section of Office 365, or
visit the IT Service Desk in R-120.
Call 409-944-1352 directly for more help