VPN Setup
The UCCSVPN connects your UCCS or personal computer to the UCCS campus network from an off-campus location.
  • This allows you to access University resources off-campus such as Columbia, CU-SIS or HCM, and OnBase.
  • If you are on-campus, please note a VPN connection is not required to access on-campus resources.
  • You can contact the UCCS OIT Help Desk to confirm the VPN is setup correctly.


For your own safety and the security of UCCS, never establish a VPN connection without proper security software installed or from a public computer.

Step 1: Open Windows Settings

Click on the Start Menu and search "Settings"

Step 2: Open Network & Internet

Click on Network & Internet

Step 3: Select VPN Option

Click on VPN in the center menu of Network & Internet

Step 4: Add a VPN Connection

Click on Add a VPN Connection at the top of the VPN page

Step 5: Configure VPN Connection Settings

Select or enter the following in the associated fields:

  1. VPN Provider: Windows (built-in)
  2. Connection Name: UCCSVPN
  3. Server name or address: uccsvpn.uccs.edu
  4. VPN Type: L2TP/IPsec with pre-shared key
  5. Pre-shared key: UCCS
  6. Remember my sign-in info: Uncheck box (personal computers can leave this checked)
  7. Leave remaining fields default or blank
  8. Click Save when complete

Special Applications

Some special web applications may require your network traffic to be routed through the campus. If you require this, please skip to Step 12 to connect.

If unsure, continue with Step 6.

Step 6: Change Network Adapter Options

From the VPN settings page, go back to Network & internet on the left side menu or the top of the page, then Advanced network settings, then More network adapter options.

Step 7: Open UCCSVPN Properties

Right-click on UCCSVPN and select Properties

Step 8: Open Network Settings

Click on the Networking tab, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) so it is highlighted blue, and select Properties.

Do not uncheck any of the boxes.

Step 9: Select Advanced

Select Advanced on the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window.

Step 10: Enable Default Gateway on Remote Network

Ensure the box for Use default gateway on remote network is checked.

Ensure the box for Disable class based route addition is unchecked, this should be the default.

Ensure the box for Automatic metric is checked, this should be the default.

Step 11: Acknowledge Settings and Close Windows

Press OK on all three open windows from steps 7-9, then close windows for 'Network Connections' and 'Settings'.

Step 12: Access the VPN Connection Menu

Click on the small box in the bottom right of the taskbar with the Wi-Fi, Sound, and Battery icons (desktop computers will not have the battery icon).

You should see a large button labelled VPN as shown above. 

If you do not see the VPN button, click on the Pencil Icon in the bottom left corner.

An +Add button will appear which will let you add the VPN button to this menu permanently. Click Done to apply these changes

Step 13: Connect to UCCSVPN

Still in the same menu as Step 12, Click on the large VPN button. Click on UCCSVPN to reveal the Connect button and click it. Enter your normal UCCS credentials into the sign in window.

The VPN will show the status of Connected if successful

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