VPN at Illinois State University

Last modified 2/15/2022

A Virtual Private Connection (VPN) connection with the campus network is required in order to access restricted, electronic resources at Illinois State University, such as network drives, or certain iPeople functions. Illinois State University provides two options for connecting to campus via VPN. 

See Do I Need a VPN? for more information on when to use VPN. 

Who Can Access VPN at Illinois State University 

Current Faculty, Staff, and Students needing to utilize an ISU resource from an off-campus location.

Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client 

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN client is an application that may be used to establish a VPN connection with the campus network. The application must be downloaded and installed on a computer. Once installed you may use the Cisco AnyConnect application to establish a VPN connection with the campus network. You may then access restricted resources that require a VPN connection. 


VPN Profile 

As an alternative to using a traditional VPN client, macOS and iOS users may opt instead to download a VPN profile. A VPN profile integrates into the operating system on your computer or device, but otherwise works the same as the Cisco VPN client. 


You may not connect to ISU Oracle or SQL database resources directly via software such as; Microsoft Access, Oracle SQL Developer, Microsoft SQL Management Studio, etc.; using the macOS or iOS VPN profile. If you need to access those databases directly, you will need to use the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client (see Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client) 


Known Errors Related to VPN: 

 Additional VPN Related Information  

Getting Help

For technical assistance, you may Submit a Help Ticket, or contact the Technology Support Center at 309-438-4357, or by email at 

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