Privacy Policy

Web Privacy Statement

Thank you for visiting the Penn State World Campus website privacy statement. We do not collect any personal information when you visit one of our websites unless you choose to provide that information to us.

Penn State World Campus does not sell, exchange, or release your personal information to outside parties without your consent. Once we obtain your consent, we consider it valid until revoked by you. We may share your information with service providers we contract with to provide services to you on our behalf. We may also contact you to provide information about Penn State World Campus activities, programs, memberships and development opportunities, products, and special events that may interest you. 

Information Penn State World Campus collects from users

Penn State World Campus will only collect personal information which you knowingly and voluntarily provide to us by — for example — sending emails, completing information forms, registering for accounts, or responding to surveys.

Contact Opt Out

When we send you information by email, you always will have an immediate opportunity to opt out of further communication. Please use the unsubscribe specified in the email so that we can remove you from the list that contains your name.  


This website uses Google Analytics, as well as other similar tools as business needs arise, to help analyze how users use the site and, in some cases, to provide content that is more relevant to users through personalization. These tools typically utilize cookies — small text files placed on your computer — to collect standard internet log information and visitor behavior information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website is transmitted to these tools. This information is then used to evaluate visitors' use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity for the Penn State World Campus website. The information can also be used to personalize content for users.

In addition, Google Analytics uses cookies to aggregate and track non-identifiable visitor information through the Penn State World Campus site for the purpose of: Remarketing across devices with Google Analytics, Google Display Network Impression Reporting, DoubleClick Platform Integration, or Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting.

Cookies Opt Out

If you would like to opt-out of Google Analytics tracking, Google has provided a plugin for most browsers that enables this functionality. Learn more about how the plugin works and how to install it.

Additionally, you are able to modify and delete the information that Google tracks for remarketing purposes by visiting Google's ad settings page. You can also disable collection of any demographic data on that page.

Additional Information

If you visit our website, we automatically gather and store the following information about your visit so that we can track the use of our website in order to make improvements. This information includes, but is not limited to the following and is stored and used in aggregate form only:

  • 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 internal pages, files, documents, and links that you visit
  • the internet address of the website from which you linked to this website

Penn State World Campus may contract with third party vendors to show our advertisements on non-Penn State World Campus websites and digital properties. Penn State World Campus and third party vendors with whom we contract may use cookies and web beacons to serve our ads based on prior visit(s) to the Penn State World Campus website and digital properties, and to assess the effectiveness of our ads.

SMS Terms and Conditions

Penn State World Campus uses SMS messages to communicate about application and financial aid deadlines, event reminders, scholarships, registration, and other information important to applicants, new students, and current students.

Text Opt In

Prospective students may opt in to SMS messages by emailing Penn State World Campus Admissions or by calling 814-863-3283.. Undergraduate degree-seeking applicants may also opt in by visiting the Undergraduate Admissions MyPennState portal at

Text Messaging Costs

Message and data rates may apply. When you opt in to receive SMS messages, you are responsible for any carrier fees such as data plan charges, text messaging charges, tolls, out-of-area roaming, and other charges. Messaging frequency per month varies based on your student status and associated actions.

Text Carriers

Note that SMS communications from Penn State may not be available through all mobile carriers. Penn State Undergraduate Admissions Office and Penn State World Campus SMS communications are currently available through the following carriers: AT&T, Sprint/Nextel, Carolina West, ClearSky, Cellcom, Virgin Mobile, C Spire, Boost, Cincinnati Bell, T-Mobile, Interop U.S. Cellular, nTelos and MetroPCS. T-Mobile is not liable for delayed or undelivered messages.

Text Opt Out

Text STOP to 73092 to stop receiving text messages from Penn State Undergraduate Admissions Office and Penn State World Campus.

Text Privacy Policy

Your use of the SMS messaging service is governed by the University’s Privacy Policy, AD53. Penn State will not ask you for, nor should you provide, personally identifiable information, passwords, or any other confidential or sensitive information in SMS messages. Except as permitted by Penn State's Privacy Policy, Penn State does not share your information with third parties.

Text Help

Email [email protected], call (877) 415-8257, or text HELP to 73092 for more information.


For additional information, view Penn State's Web Privacy Statement.