Virtual Private Network (VPN)

The University of Michigan’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides U-M users with access to university resources and encrypts traffic on university and public networks.

The service enables users to:

  • extend the university’s private, secure, and managed network when using off campus networks.
  • send and receive university or personal data through a dedicated and encrypted connection a cross shared or public networks.
  • access applications or data which require an on campus connection (e.g., Microsoft Exchange, Windows File Sharing, etc.).

ITS provides the Cisco VPN client and a university VPN profile for download on university or personal Windows, Macintosh, Linux, iPad, or iPhone devices. It is available at no charge to all university students, faculty, staff, and sponsored affiliates with a valid uniqname and Kerberos password. A separate profile is available for university alumni and retirees. To select and download the appropriate VPN client, see the Getting Started page.