Web Privacy Statement

Web Privacy Statement

Thank you for visiting The Pennsylvania State University (“Penn State”) website and reviewing our Web Privacy Statement. This Web Privacy Statement describes the privacy practices for www.psu.edu and applies only to the online activities of Penn State.  Penn State has many colleges, campuses, affiliates, units, and activities, all of which may have individual representation on the web, and may therefore have separate web privacy statements. By using the Penn State website, you are consenting to our collection and use of information in accordance with this Web Privacy Statement. 

For direct mail and other marketing activities not involving electronic commerce, Penn State adheres to the Direct Marketing Association's privacy guidelines. If you would like more information, please visit the following website: www.the-DMA.org

Collection, Use and Sharing of Information

Penn State does not require you to identify yourself while using our public web pages. Penn State public web pages do not collect your Personally Identifiable Information (PII) (as defined by Penn State Policy AD53), but we may automatically collect and store general information about you and your visit that does not identify you personally.  This information is collected to track the use of our website to make improvements, and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

The IP address from which you access our website

The name of the domain from which you access the Internet

The type of browser and operating system used to access our website

The date and time you access our site

The pages, files, documents and links that you visit

The Internet address of the website from which you linked to this website

The information that we collect automatically is stored and used in aggregate form only, and is not used to contact you personally. We may also collect other information as described in this Web Privacy Statement. 

Please note that if you purchase items from Penn State e-commerce sites, whether operated by Penn State or by a third party on our behalf, you will automatically receive emails about new products, special offers, sales and other promotions that may be of interest to you. In these cases, we may share limited personal information that we have collected from you so that we or our trusted partners may contact you with offers that may interest you.

Penn State may offer opportunities for you to opt-in to receive information from non-Penn State entities. If you opt-in, you may receive correspondence from these organizations on programs, products or services that might interest you. You will always have the opportunity to opt-out with these organizations. If you decide to opt-out of receiving any further correspondence from a non-Penn State entity, please correspond directly with that business or organization to be removed from its mailing list.


When you visit our website, we may store some information on your computer in the form of a cookie. Cookies allow us to tailor our website to better match your interests and preferences. Use of cookies are in no way linked to any of your personally identifiable information while on our site. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience all features and content of our website.

Other Websites and Cookies

This website may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

Cookies may be set by parties other than us. These “third-party cookies” may, for example, originate from websites such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media services for which www.psu.edu has implemented “plug-ins.” Since the cookie policies of these sites change over time, you should determine their policies by visiting the privacy policy pages of these sites directly.

Information Protection

This site has reasonable security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the formation under our control.  However, no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. 

For additional information pertaining to security at Penn State, please refer to Penn State Policy, AD95, Information Assurance and IT Security and AD96, Acceptable Use of University Resources or visit security.psu.edu. 


Questions and comments about this Web Privacy Statement or Penn State’s Privacy Policy, AD53, may be directed to us via email at privacy@psu.edu. Penn State is a large organization with many people sharing responsibility for the content of its websites. Please help us respond to your comments and inquiries by sending them to the appropriate Penn State office.

Last updated: May 2018