VPN Information

What is a VPN?

The VPN client runs in the background of your computer and allows you to have access to University and College of Engineering resources.

In order to protect network security, Engineering uses the University VPN to restrict access to some COE resources. If you find that you do not have access to a necessary resource, please contact your departmental IT for support. 

Penn State and the College of Engineering currently offer VPN access through an application called Global Protect. Installation and operation of this VPN client requires users to use Two Factor Authentication (2FA). If you have not yet signed up for 2FA, visit https://2fa.psu.edu to enroll.

Please note:  Utilizing a COEVPN to access college resources, from both privately owned and college owned devices, requires compliance with all COE Computing Policies.

Who uses a VPN?

Anyone who has the need to access COE resources while away from their office or a network connection can use a VPN.

NOTE: Access to these College of Engineering VPN profiles is restricted to Engineering Faculty, Staff, Students, and non-COE students taking Engineering courses. If you're looking to connect the PSU VPN, please contact the Penn State IT Helpdesk.  



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