SSL VPN Information

The Welesley College SSL VPN is available to all current faculty, staff, and students at Wellesley College for off-campus access to resources that are only accessible while on the Wellesley campus network.  To access secure resources such as Banner ERP and Vault, please use the Secure SSL VPN.

To connect to the SSL VPN, please visit  After logging in with your Wellesley Domain Account, your browser should launch and install the Cisco AnyConnect software and then automatically log you into the SSL VPN.

To disconnect from the SSL VPN, right-click on the AnyConnect Client program in your notification area (Windows) or menubar (Mac OS X) and select Quit or Disconnect.

This requires Java to be enabled in your web browser.  If it failed to launch the AnyConnect client, test that your web browser has Java enabled by visiting Click "Test the version of Java your browser is using" in the orange table in the top center of the website. Your web browser may ask you if it is ok to run Java on this website, allow it.

If Java is not detected, please either follow the Windows or Mac OS X directions to install Java 6 on your computer, or follow the Cisco AnyConnect Client install directions to connect manually.

SSL VPN Information

Your computer must be off-campus to configure and use the SSL VPN. However, the Computing Help Desk in the Clapp Library has an off-campus network connection to test the Secure SSL VPN if you want to bring in your laptop computer.

The SSL VPN is typically used when you are connected to the internet from off-campus, such as at home, at a hotel, or abroad, and would like to use Wellesley's electronic resources that are restricted to the College's campus network, such as KeyAccess applications, on-campus only websites, Remote Desktop, and the NTM file server.

The Cisco AnyConnect Client for the SSL VPN creates an encrypted connection between your off-campus, internet-connected computer and the Wellesley campus network. When you are logged in to the SSL VPN, your computer is recognized as part of the Wellesley on-campus network, allowing you to access resources that are restricted to on-campus user no matter where you are connected to the internet. 

When you are logged into the SSL VPN, all internet usage on your computer will go through Wellesley's network. This includes internet services such as streaming video sites (Netflix, YouTube, etc.), downloading files (Windows Updates,software installers, etc.), visiting non-Wellesley websites (CNN, Facebook, etc.), and online video gaming (World of Warcraft).  You may see a slowness in these services as the data is rerouted through Wellesley's network to your computer. While connected to the SSL VPN, your computer usage is subject to the Wellesley College acceptable use policy

For Secure SSL VPN off-campus access to Nolij, Vault, BannerERP, and other secure resources that are behind the Administrative Firewall, you will need to connect to the Secure SSL VPN.

Connecting to the SSL VPN Manually

Common uses of the SSL VPN

If you have any questions, please contact the Computing Help Desk.

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