How to Access VPN

VPN is a virtual private network that enables secure connections to Macalester computing systems from off campus. Access to VPN is not automatically granted and must be requested.

  1. Request VPN Access. Send an email to ITS Help Desk at to request VPN to access. In the email, list which services you need remote access to, like G & H Drives or a web application.
  2. Wait for a confirmation. VPN Access has been granted once you receive 2 emails: 1) a response to your VPN request from ITS Help Desk and 2) a Macalester College Duo Security Enrollment email message from Duo Security with a link to enroll in Duo.
  3. Download & install GlobalProtect agent software.
  4. Set up Duo, a 2-factor authentication method, using the link provided in the Macalester College Duo Security Enrollment email. 
  5. Check out the VPN Connection Guide (gdoc) for step-by-step instructions.

Terms of Service Agreement

By downloading the GlobalProtect agent, you agree to follow Macalester College ITS Responsible Use PolicyComputing Password Policy & Guidelines, and guidelines for Protecting Sensitive Information.

VPN Connection Guide

VPN Connection Guide (gdoc)