Virtual Private Network VPN
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Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Securely connect to the University network when off-campus


A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a service that allows you to connect to the University's network when you are not on campus. There are certain applications managed by the University that are limited to the University's network. To access these applications when you are off campus you will need to use VPN.

The University's VPN uses encryption technologies that enable data to be transmitted securely. Use VPN any time you are working on a computer using a shared, public internet connection (e.g. a coffee shop, hotel room) and are handling information you wish to be secure.

Most users should connect to “UofM Split” VPN network. This will allow access to University of Minnesota resources (such as, PeopleSoft, and more) from off-campus. View more details regarding VPN Requirements for UMN Applications

Please note the following VPN technical details:

  • Maximum connection time for a single session is 12 hours
  • Idle timeout is 15 minutes 

Idle timeout occurs when network traffic between your computer and the VPN system stops for at least 15 minutes. This situation typically occurs when a computer goes to sleep or is powered down.

VPN should be used only when resources cannot be accessed by other means. A VPN is not needed for web-based UMN resources and services, such as web pages, University Gmail, Canvas, and G Suite and Office 365, and others.


  • Provides increased privacy and security
  • Enables access to some restricted U of M applications

Getting Started

Intended Audience

Staff & Departments
Health Sciences Affiliates
IT Staff and Partners


University-funded: no charge.