About Chicago Booth

Privacy Policy

The University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business (Chicago Booth) has created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy when you visit our websites. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for all Chicago Booth websites. In order to fully understand your rights we encourage you to read this Privacy Policy. Chicago Booth reserves the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time. We encourage you to frequently check this page for any changes to this Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Because we want to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, this Privacy Policy provides the following information:


The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is a part of the University of Chicago (University), a global educational institution, with legal entities, business processes, management structures, and technical systems that cross borders.

This Privacy Statement applies to all Chicago Booth owned websites, domains, services, applications, and products, except that a privacy policy or statement specific to a particular Chicago Booth program, product, or service may supersede or supplement this Privacy Statement


Our site contains links to other websites maintained or controlled by the University and others. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another website for which Chicago Booth has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different than ours.

We may also provide social media features that enable you to share information with your social networks and to interact with Chicago Booth on various social media sites. Your use of these features may result in the collection or sharing of information about you, depending on the feature. We encourage you to review the privacy policies and settings on the social media sites with which you interact to make sure you understand the information that may be collected, used, and shared by those sites.


Personal information is any information that personally identifies you or from which you could be identified. This may include your name, address, telephone number, email address, and profession or occupation.

Chicago Booth collects, exports, and uses personal information to manage your relationship with Chicago Booth and better serve you by personalizing your experience and interaction with Chicago Booth. Chicago Booth may collect your personal information through your access and use of websites, web-based applications, or mobile applications, during conversations or correspondence with Chicago Booth representatives, or when you complete an online application form.


Our registration and forms require users to provide us with contact information that may include name, email address, physical address, interests, and similar identifiers. We do not request or store sensitive information from our visitors, such as credit card or social security numbers.



A cookie is a small data file stored in your browser when you visit a website or access an application. Chicago Booth sends cookies when you visit any of our sites or sites where our ads appear. Accepting the cookies used on our site, or sites on which our ads appear, may give us access to information about your browsing behavior, which we may use to personalize your experience. Cookies are typically classified as either “session” cookies or “persistent” cookies.

  • Session cookies do not stay on your computer after you close your browser.
  • Persistent cookies remain on your computer until you delete them or they expire.

Most browsers automatically accept cookies by default, but you can usually refuse cookies or selectively accept cookies by adjusting the preferences in your browser (please refer to your browser’s help function to learn more about cookie controls). If you turn off cookies, there may be some features of our site that will not be available to you, and some web pages may not display properly.


Web beacons (also known as pixel tags, internet tags, clear GIFs, or single-pixel GIFs) and embedded scripts are other technologies that we use on our websites and in our applications, as well as in some of our emails and ads.

Web beacons (or “tags”) are bits of programming code included in web pages, emails, and ads that notify us (or the companies that help us run our business) when those web pages, emails, or ads have been viewed or clicked on. Embedded scripts are bits of programming code included within some of our web pages that measure how you use those web pages, such as which links you click on. We use this information to improve our websites and online services, tailor our websites and online services to your likely interests, and conduct market research. You may be able to turn off scripting functionality, such as JavaScript, within your browser (please refer to your browser’s help function). Note that if you disable scripting functionality, some of our websites and applications may not function properly.


Chicago Booth and the University contract with service providers to place ads on websites owned by third parties. These service providers may send third-party cookies from—and use web beacons on—their websites, as well as on chicagobooth.edu. These cookies and web beacons may enable Chicago Booth to collect information about the pages you viewed and the links you clicked on. At times, these third-party websites may advertise to previous visitors that visited a Chicago Booth site but did not complete a task on our site, for example, finishing a contact form to make an enquiry.

Most web browsers include a “Do Not Track” feature that offers you the ability to inform websites and ad networks that you do not want your online activities tracked.

You can learn more about network advertising and how to opt out by visiting http://www.aboutads.info/.


We may collect information about you in connection with social networking sites in several ways, such as:

  • When you sign in to our website or application using a social networking account, such as a Facebook account.
  • When you use one of our apps on a social networking site or choose to join (or “like”) one of our social networking pages on a social networking site (such as the Chicago Booth Facebook page.

In these situations, the social networking site may make some information about you available to us. Please see the privacy policy for the social networking site to learn more.

  • When you interact with one of our social networking pages or content, we may use cookies to learn which links you clicked.
  • When you make information publicly available on your social networking page, we may collect that information. To learn more about the privacy practices of a social networking site on which you interact with us, please refer to the privacy policy for that social networking site.


We collect an IP address from all visitors to our site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our site, analyze trends, track users' movements, gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the site, and deliver customized, personalized content.


If a user elects to use our referral services (social share, tell a friend, etc.) to inform others about our site, we may ask for the friend's name and email address. Chicago Booth may send the friend a one-time message inviting him or her to visit the site. Chicago Booth stores this information for the sole purpose of executing this one-time email.


If you post, comment, indicate interest or complaint, or share personal information, including photographs, to any public forum on a Chicago Booth site, social network, blog, or other such forum, please be aware that any information you submit can be read, viewed, collected, or used by other users, and could be used to contact you, send you unsolicited messages, or for purposes over which neither you nor Chicago Booth have control. Chicago Booth is not responsible for the personal information you choose to provide in these forums.

We will not facilitate the merging of your personally identifiable information with non-personally identifiable information collected through any advertising product or feature unless we notify you, and obtain your consent to, that merger.


Personal Identifiable Information

Your personal information will only be used for commercial or philanthropic purposes directly connected to or approved by Chicago Booth or the University. We may share your personal information with the University and our vendors for the purpose of performing University or Chicago Booth business.

Otherwise, unless otherwise required by law, we will not share your personal information with any other individual or organization, except in the following circumstances:

  • To confirm or fulfill a request that you made via an online form.
  • To follow up on any request that you have previously made.
  • To communicate with you regarding Chicago Booth or University services, events, programs.
  • To send promotional materials, newsletters or other content via email or otherwise. Your information may be shared with the University and vendors for Chicago Booth and University–related activities.
  • When you choose to join programs such as events, clubs, or volunteer activities that are open to broader audiences, your contact information may be made available to participants in those programs, with the goal of facilitating contact among participants.
  • We are proud of our alumni and will publish alumni names, photos, and degree information (year, school, field of concentration, and dissertation title) from time to time either on one of our Chicago Booth web or social media sites.
  • Your Chicago Booth experiences, additional education information, and personal information such as address, telephone, email, spouse, and children may be included in Chicago Booth’s community directories. These directories are made available to other alumni, students, faculty, and staff to facilitate contact among members of the community.
  • To improve user experience.
  • For website administration, analysis, research and development, optimization and other internal purposes, including, without limitation, to compile usage data.


You can use Google Ads Settings (http://www.google.com/settings/ads/anonymous?) to manage the Google ads you see and opt-out of interest-based ads. Even if you opt-out of interest-based ads, you may still see ads based on factors such as your general location derived from your IP address, your browser type and recent, previous searches related to your current search.

You can also opt-out of anonymous website and/or application traffic behavior by clicking on the following opt-out privacy links:

You can also opt-out from email communication by following the opt-out instructions included in such email newsletters and promotions.


Chicago Booth does not knowingly collect information from children as defined by local law, and does not target its websites or mobile applications to children under these ages. We encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s online and mobile activities and interests.


Chicago Booth strives to keep your personal information accurately recorded. We have implemented technology, management processes, and policies to help maintain data accuracy. Chicago Booth provides individuals with reasonable access to personal information that they provided to Chicago Booth and the reasonable ability to review and correct it. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity, such as requiring a password and user ID, before granting access to your data. To view and change the personal information that you directly provided to Chicago Booth, you can return to the web page where you originally submitted your data and follow the instructions on that web page, or use your CNET ID where enabled.


Chicago Booth takes seriously the trust you place in us. All information provided to Chicago Booth is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that allows your browser to automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. To prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, to maintain data accuracy, and to ensure the appropriate use of the information, Chicago Booth utilizes reasonable and appropriate technical and administrative procedures to safeguard the information we collect and process. We protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our website that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of Chicago Booth. Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the internet is 100 percent secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.


If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, you can contact:

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
5807 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60637

You can also send an email to: webhelp@chicagobooth.edu

Last revised: July 27, 2016