Virtual Private Network (VPN)

What Is It?

The Virtual Private Network service allows you to securely access resources at UIC over a non-UIC Internet connection. While connected to the VPN, the client software works with the operating system to determine when you are accessing an Internet location that the client should protect. When you are accessing such a location, the VPN client encrypts the data.

There are two group options when connecting to AnyConnect: General-Use and Library-Resources.


Allows you to connect to your UIC department resources, such as research data sets. You can still access most library resources through the library website, but you will have to authenticate with your NetID and password (the way it works when you are off-campus).  A few library resources can be accessed only on campus -- for those resources, you must use the Library-Resources group.

Gives you direct access to library electronic resources such as full-text articles from Google Scholar, JSTOR or PubMed, and on-campus only resources without logging in to each database.


In order to connect to the VPN you must download and install the AnyConnect client from the U of I WebStore for Windows, macOS, or Linux. The AnyConnect app is also available for Android and iOS.

VPN authentication requires a valid UIC NetID and common password.

Who Is Eligible To Use It?

  • Faculty
  • Students
  • Staff

Where Can I Get It?

Select the Download VPN Client button located on this page to obtain the client from the Webstore.

How Do I Use It?

Learn how to log in to the UIC VPN. Network Security administrators in edge units can visit to administer access to their unit's private network space.

How Much Does It Cost?

This service is funded by the University; there are no direct costs to clients.

How Can I Get Support?

If you are experiencing a problem with this service, please report it. If you just have a question, feel free to ask us.

Service Levels

Service Request Fulfillment Time Automatically provisioned
Incident Resolution Time 2 business days
Service Availability 24x7
Maintenance Window(s) Approved Technology Solutions maintenance window(s)
Service Notification Channel(s) IT Service Notices