Publication date: May 2020

This privacy policy ("policy") will help you understand how college-dirt("us", "we", "our") uses and protects the data you provide to us when you visit and use ("website", "service").

We reserve the right to change this policy at any given time, of which you will be promptly updated. If you want to make sure that you are up to date with the latest changes, we advise you to frequently visit this page.

What User Data We Collect & How We Use It

When you visit the website, we may collect the following data:

  • Your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, which is a unique string of numbers automatically assigned to your device whenever you access the internet;

  • Log files, which may include IP addresses, browser type, ISP referring/exit pages, operating systems, date/time stamps and/or clickstream data, including any clicks on customized links;

  • Web Beacons, which are electronic files that allow a website to count users who have visited that page or to access certain cookies;

  • Pixel Tags, also known as clear GIFs, beacons, spotlight tags or web bugs, are method for passing information from the user’s computer to a third party website;

  • Rough GeoLocation information. We collect your zip code and other rough information about your location when using the Services, solely to display relevant local information for you;

  • Local Shared Objects, such as Flash cookies, and Local Storage, such as HTML5;

  • Mobile analytics to understand the functionality of our mobile applications and software on your phone;

  • Information collected through the use of cookies, eTags, Javascript, pixel tags, devic ID tacking, anonymous identifiers and other technologies, including information collected using such methods and technologies about (i) your visits to, and interaction and engagement with, the Services and ads on third party websites, applications, platforms and other media channels, and (ii) your interaction with emails including the content and ads (collectively, “Online Data”);

  • Your contact information and email address, through the user profile creation for us to communicate with you;

  • Your contact information and email address, through the user profile creation for us to communicate with you;

  • Other information such as interests and preferences, through user profile for us to serve you better;

  • Data profile regarding your online behavior on our website;

  • Search queries. Our Services may include search fields that allow you to search (only within the Services) for content or answers to questions. We collect information about what items and topics your query and any additional search items.

Why We Collect Your Data

We are collecting your data for several reasons:

  • To identify you when you use College-dirt and process your requests;

  • To better understand your needs and serve you better;

  • To recommend colleges and topics to you might like based on your acitivity on College-dirt;

  • To improve our services and products;

  • To response to your questions or comments;

  • To send you promotional emails containing the information we think you will find interesting;

  • To contact you to fill out surveys and participate in other types of market research;

  • To customize our website according to your online behavior and personal preferences.

Safeguarding and Securing the Data

    College-dirt is committed to securing your data and keeping it confidential. We have done all in its power to prevent data theft, unauthorized access, and disclosure by implementing the latest technologies and software, which help us safeguard all the information we collect online.

Our Cookie Policy

Once you agree to allow our website to use cookies, you also agree to use the data it collects regarding your online behavior (analyze web traffic, web pages you spend the most time on, and websites you visit).

The data we collect by using cookies is used to customize our website to your needs. After we use the data for statistical analysis, the data is completely removed from our systems.

Please note that cookies don't allow us to gain control of your computer in any way. They are strictly used to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not so that we can provide a better experience for you.

If you want to disable cookies, you can do it by accessing the settings of your internet browser. (Provide links for cookie settings for major internet browsers).

Links to Other Websites

Our website contains links that lead to other websites. If you click on these links we are not held responsible for your data and privacy protection. Visiting those websites is not governed by this privacy policy agreement. Make sure to read the privacy policy documentation of the website you go to from our website.

Restricting the Collection of your Personal Data

At some point, you might wish to restrict the use and collection of your personal data. You can achieve this by doing the following:

  • When you are filling the forms on the website, make sure to check if there is a box which you can leave unchecked, if you don't want to disclose your personal information;

  • If you have already agreed to share your information with us, feel free to contact us via email and we will be more than happy to change this for you;

  • College-dirt will not lease, sell or distribute your personal information to any third parties, unless we have your permission. We might do so if the law forces us. Your personal information will be used when we need to send you promotional materials if you agree to this privacy policy;

  • We follow industry standards on information security management to safeguard sensitive information, such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details and any other personal information entrusted to us. Out information security systems apply to people, processes and information technology systems on a risk management basis.

Contact Us

If you would like to receive further information about this policy or any of our safeguards, please contact us at