The VPN provides GW faculty, staff, and students with seamless, integrated access to all electronic resources. Users must have a GW NetID to use the VPN.
Download and install the VPN client, Cisco AnyConnect.
Connecting to the VPN
For additional information, go to GW Information Technology: Software.
What is VPN?
VPN is software which can be used for off-campus access. For off-campus access, VPN allows your computer to function as though it is on the GW campus and therefore allows you to access most databases, e-texts, and e-journals without additional logins.
How do I download the VPN?
To download the VPN, access the GW's AnyConnect downloads website and login with your GW NetID, the username and password associated with your GW email account.
How do I login to VPN?
The first time that you login to the VPN, enter the address go.vpn.gwu.edu and then click Connect. Login to the VPN with your GW NetID, the username and password associated with your GW email account.
You will only need to enter the VPN address (go.vpn.gwu.edu) the first time that you access the VPN. On subsequent logins, AnyConnect will remember GW's VPN address.
Do I need to download and install software to use VPN?
Yes. You should access the GW's AnyConnect downloads website to download the VPN software. This site will prompt you to login in order to access the download; login with your GW NetID, the username and password associated with your GW email account.
I have a copy of an older VPN which I downloaded to my computer. Will it still work?
GW began using AnyConnect for VPN beginning in December 2014. Prior versions of GW's VPN have ceased to function.
How can I access Himmelfarb Library's databases, e-texts, and e-journals using VPN ?
GW's VPN, AnyConnect, works by allowing your computer to function as though it is on the GW campus. Therefore, you can access Himmelfarb Library's databases, e-texts, and e-journals directly from Himmelfarb Library's website without any additional logins.
I'm using VPN but can't get into Himmelfarb Library's databases, e-texts, and e-journals or the GWU network. What should I do?
Which browsers and operating systems work with VPN?
The VPN is not browser dependent. You should be able to use any web browser available on your computer.
I'm having trouble accessing or running VPN. Who can I contact for assistance?