CU-Boulder's VPN service provides a secure connection to the campus network from any location, as long as the device has an internet connection. The VPN can be used to access campus resources (e.g. library resources, file servers) or to securely browse the Internet.
The VPN web interface and the Network Connect VPN application have been retired, as of February 5. Going forward, Cisco AnyConnect, launched in spring 2014, is the only campus VPN service. Cisco AnyConnect VPN is an enhanced VPN product that supports the latest operating systems. Please refer to the information below to familiarize yourself with Cisco AnyConnect.
|Windows Windows||Cisco AnyConnect client for Windows||Windows - Setup and Connect with AnyConnect|
|MAC Macintosh||Cisco AnyConnect client for Mac||Macintosh - Setup and Connect with AnyConnect|
|Linux Linux||Cisco AnyConnect client for Linux
(32-bit | 64-bit)
|iOS Apple iOS||App Store - Cisco AnyConnect||iOS - Connect with AnyConnect|
|Android Android||Play Store - Cisco AnyConnect ICS+||Android - Connect with AnyConnect|
*Note: All downloads require users to accept the End User License Agreement (EULA) before being able to access the download files. The EULA is presented at each download log in page.
If your department, group or service requires its own protected IP range, then you may request a custom VPN. A custom VPN will be established on the Cisco AnyConnect solution. Learn more by visiting the Custom VPN Service page.
Users with advanced needs (such as server admins) can connect to a limited service that OIT provides. This service will only route your network traffic to the campus when you access campus resources such as file shares and servers. More detailed information can be found on the VPN Advanced Users and Server Administrators page.
CU-Boulder's VPN is provided as a common-good service (no direct cost) to all faculty, staff and students.
CU-Boulder Faculty, Staff and Student affiliations automatically receive a VPN entitlement. Some faculty or staff-like roles with HR appointment roles also have access; if you need access but don’t fall into one of these categories, please contact the IT Service Center.
Refer to the table above in the Cisco AnyConnect section for links to downloads and instructions for the AnyConnect client.
Visit the VPN - Help page for information about setting up Custom VPN, Cisco IPsec or Advanced VPN needs.
For further assistance with any of the VPN services, contact the IT Service Center.