Steps that must be completed before being authorized to use VPN


VPN or Virtual Private Network is a network protocol that allows you to use a piece of software and your username and password to authenticate and connect to the Bowdoin network while away from campus. Using VPN allows you to connect to network resources and websites as if you were physically present on campus. You can access your department's network drives, internal Bowdoin web pages and more.

Being able to access and use VPN is a 2-step process. The steps needed are outlined below.

Request Access

Due to the recent decision to hold classes remotely rather than in person, and the possibility that some staff may also have to work from home for a period of time, all faculty, staff, and students have been provided access to the VPN and do not need to make a request.


The first step is to request access. Each staff or student needs to be given permission to be able to use VPN by a faculty member, senior officer or manager.Faculty don't need permission but they still need to request access.

You can request access by using the form located off of our Request VPN Access page in our service catalog.

Once access has been approved and configured, you can move on to the next step.

Install Software and Connect

Once you have been given access and you have enrolled in 2-step authentication, you can install the VPN software. Bowdoin uses Cisco's AnyConnect software to allow you to connect to VPN. Instructions for each scenario can be found in another page in our knowledge base. Look under the Related Articles to the right for a list of articles. Once the software is installed, you can connect to VPN while away from campus. If you are on campus, you can test VPN by disconnecting from the Bowdoin network and BOWDOIN wireless network and by joining BOWDOIN-GUEST wireless.


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