Generally, we collect information in two categories, submitted information and automatic information.
We provide web forms for the voluntary submission of personal contact information including:
- Telephone number
- Mailing address
- Email address
This is in order to provide the services requested by our visitors, as well as any other information needed to match you to an education product or service. We collect your submitted information, store it and share it with schools and other third parties to provide you with information about schools, programs and education related services, as necessary.
By voluntarily submitting this info, you authorize RatedColleges.com and our affiliated schools and partners to contact you by telephone, text messages, email or mail, in accordance with all applicable laws, regarding education options or related topics. Below, you will find more information on this and other important topics. If you receive any email communications from us, a school, or third party and wish to unsubscribe, you’ll be given the option to opt-out via an email link, at which point you will be removed from that sender’s further mailings.
Whenever you interact with us, we also receive and store certain types of anonymous information, as most websites do. Making improvements and creating a more relevant user experience are the primary ways in which we use this information.
We use “cookies” to collect anonymous data. Some examples of how this info can be used include:
- Site optimization
- Tailored advertising and marketing purposes
Examples of anonymous data include, but are not limited to:
- Your browser version
- Operating system version
- Your IP address
By utilizing our website, we assume you acknowledge and agree that information we collect on our website may be shared with schools, affiliated companies, and third parties to provide you with degree information, as well as inform you of other programs and education related products and services.
Additionally, you acknowledge and agree with our right to release any collected information, personally identifiable or otherwise, as needed, to businesses providing administration services to our company, such as email service delivery.
By submitting personal information to RatedColleges.com, you grant permission for the following entities to contact you via ways that include telephone, text messages, email, or mail to provide information, marketing or otherwise, for education-related services and products:
- Our affiliated entities, which includes:
- Third-party marketing partners
Additionally, this action grants us, our affiliates, and partners and vendors the right to contact you and relinquish any rights granted to you by the Do Not Call list or other applicable law, for a period of time. By submitting, you effectively omit Do Not Call requirements established by state and federal governments and may also provide exemption for us from other applicable laws.
Through your submission, you also allow us the right to release your personal information — for example, to abide by a subpoena or other legal procedure, or in other instances required by law. We exercise this option when, in good faith, we believe it is necessary to:
- Preserve our rights,
- Ensure the safety of you or others,
- Explore alleged fraud,
- To reply to a government or legal request
- And/or in the instance that RatedColleges.com enters into a merger, acquisition, or sale of some or all of its assets to a third party
About your consent
About Cookies: Ours, Google, and third party cookies
Small pieces of data sent from a website and stored in the user’s web browser, commonly for technical purposes — such as web analytics — are called cookies. We perform our web analytics mainly using Google Analytics, a Google, Inc. tool Advertising cookies allow advertisers to make ads more relevant to the user’s interests, but do not contain personally identifiable information, so users are still anonymous.
Advertising cookies, sometimes referred to as third-party cookies, track navigation and publish ads on behalf of third parties.
Some information about what’s gathered by cookies
- Web analytics to capture demographic and other anonymous data for web optimization and other analysis;
- “Lead auditing” for ensuring accuracy, relevance and validity of information that is submitted;
- Tracking marketing and conversion, including, but not limited to, targeting and optimizing digital ad serving for improving relevance, user experience, and advertising effectiveness.
About refusing and removing cookies and third-party advertising
Through your browser, you can remove cookies at any time. This may be required on a per use and not one time basis. Also, you can generally opt out of receiving personalized ads from members of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) or those who follow the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Principles. You may unsubscribe by visiting the opt-out pages on the NAI website and DAA websites.