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Virtual Private Network

Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network connection that can be used to access resources, including email, network shares, etc., from outside the University network (e.g., from off campus or from Guest wireless).

VPN is available to campus users who have a business need for such access. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is currently transitioning from a legacy VPN service (Cisco VPN Client icon2.jpg) to a new VPN service (Cisco AnyConnect icon1.png).

The old VPN (“Cisco VPN”) will be retired at the end of 2014. 

AnyConnect is an SSL VPN, and is supported on the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 (exception for the RT operating system)
  • Mac OS X (10.5 and newer)
  • Red Hat 6 (64-Bit)
  • Ubuntu 9.x
  • Android devices (via Google Play)
  • iPhone/iPad (via the App Store)


Note: At this time, Chrome OS and Windows RT do not support SSL VPN, including Cisco Anyconnect. Virtual desktops are an alternative for users of these operating systems (see OIT’s Remote Computing page for more information).


Note: After you register for VPN use with your Unviersity credentials and then click on the Accept button, you will be directed to the page with the old VPN software and documentation (no longer supported). After you register, you will need to return to this page instead (redirect should be in place by the end of November 2014).

Current University employees and students need to register for VPN access at this website:​


To download the documents and/or software below, you may be prompted to sign in with your University credentials.


Software Downloads:
     Windows 7-8:  AnyConnect for 
     Mac OS X:      AnyConnect for Mac


VPN Frequently Asked Questions: VPN Frequently Asked Questions 7-14.pdf

Direct Install (preferred method):

     Windows 7:     AnyConnect Client Install Instructions-Win7 9-14.pdf

     Windows 8.1:  AnyConnect Client Install Instructions-Win8-1 9-14.pdf

     Mac OS:          AnyConnect Client Install Instructions-MacOS 9-14.pdf

Browser-based install (requires that Java software be up to date and manually configured to allow the VPN URL):

     Windows 7-8: AnyConnect Browser Install Win 7-8 6-14.pdf

      Mac OS X:     AnyConnect Browser Install Mac OS X 6-14.pdf


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