VPN: Secure Remote Access

Virtual Private Networking (VPN) software creates a secure, encrypted connection between your off-campus computer and the campus network. Members of the College community must use VPN software to connect to the campus network from off-campus. This software, called Pulse Secure, must be downloaded to your computer, installed and configured. To connect using the full VPN client, download it below, install and configure it as directed for your platform/OS.

In order to configure the VPN client for devices, you must be a registered user of York College IT facilities (YorkID used for computer sign on, email, printing, library etc).

If you are unsure of your ID, password, or status please contact the Support Desk at x5300, on campus, or visit self-service mypassword.

Part I: Desktop Computer/Laptop etc

Install Pulse Secure Client for Windows and Mac OS X

  • Please use the following instructions to configure your new VPN client.
  • Download the installer that is appropriate for your operating system (OS) from the table below:
Latest Version OS Pulse Secure Client Software How to Connect to the VPN
Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 32-bit ps-pulse-win-5.2r6 32-bit installer Click here for instructions.
Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 64-bit ps-pulse-win-5.2r6 64-bit installer Click here for instructions.
Mac OS X 10.10+ macintosh-5-2r6-0-b977 installer Click here for instructions
  • Run the downloaded installer.
  • Launch the now-installed application Pulse Secure

Part II: Configure Pulse Secure Client Software

Click the '+' button to add a new connection.

  • Select Policy Secure (UAC) or Connect Secure(VPN) as the connection Type.
  • Enter "York College-CUNY VPN" for the connection Name.
  • Enter https://vpn.york.cuny.edu for the Server URL
  • Click Add (This adds this new connection permanently to the Pulse Secure Application).
  • Click Connect, and enter your YorkID and password into the form, clicking Connect again.
You should now be successfully connected and able to access York College Computing resources.

Part III: Configuring Mobile Devices

Installing Pulse Secure Client for iOS

Pulse Secure is available for iOS from the App Store. You can search for it, or go directly to Pulse Secure on the App Store in Safari on your iOS device to install it.

Configuring Pulse Secure Client for iOS

The first time you open Pulse Secure, follow the instructions on the screen.

It may ask you to enable the app, to accept a license agreement, or to uninstall Junos Pulse (an older VPN client that no longer works at York College).

  • Enter"York College-CUNY VPN-Mobile" for the connection Name.
  • Enter https://vpn.york.cuny.edu for the Server URL
  • Enter your YorkID username (usually first initial and last name).
  • Enter your YorkID password.
  • Enter yorkcollege.local for Realm.
  • Role can be left blank.
  • Tap Save to add this configuration to your device.
Friendly Reminder:
Please be aware that users (you) can connect only one device at a time to York's SSL VPN. If you try to connect another device while you already have a connection running on another device, say your desktop, you'll see a prompt asking whether you want to maintain the existing connection and cancel the new connection request, or break the existing connection and establish a new connection.

Install and Configure Pulse Secure Client for Android

Android devices must be running version 2.0 (Eclair) or later to connect to York College's SSL VPN.

To check which version of Android is running on your device, go to Settings, and then select About Phone or About Tablet. The operating system version will be located under "Android version". (Ignore "Kernel version"; although the number will look similar, the operating system version is not identical to the kernel version).

  1. Open the Google Play store.
  2. In the search bar, enter pulse secure. Look for the green, white, and black Pulse Secure logo ( The Pulse Secure logo is a green and white S on a black background.).
  3. Select Pulse Secure .
    Special Info For Android Users:

    The Pulse Secure app is the required client for connecting to York's SSL VPN. However, depending on the manufacturer and or carrier of your device, you may need to use an earlier version called Junos Pulse:

    • If you have a Samsung smartphone, you may need to search for and install Junos Pulse for Samsung.
    • If you have a Galaxy Tab, you may need to search for and install Junos Pulse for Galaxy Tab 7.0.
  4. Start the application and accept the End User License Agreement.
  5. Tap Add Connection, and then:
    • For "Connection name", enter York College-CUNY VPN-Mobile.
    • For "URL", enter https://vpn.york.cuny.edu.
    • For "Username", enter your YorkID
    • Make sure "Authentication Type" is set to Password.
    • For "Realm" enter yorkcollege.local
    • Leave "Role" field blank.
  6. Tap Create Connection.
  7. Exit fully out of the app.
Friendly Reminder:
Please be aware that users (you) can connect only one device at a time to York's SSL VPN. If you try to connect another device while you already have a connection running on another device, say your desktop, you'll see a prompt asking whether you want to maintain the existing connection and cancel the new connection request, or break the existing connection and establish a new connection.