Legal: Privacy Policy

This is the web site of The University of Chicago Office of College Admissions.

Our postal address is

Office of College Admissions
The University of Chicago
1101 E. 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

If you have questions or concerns, please contact:
Daniel Follmer
Deputy Dean and Director of College Admissions

The University of Chicago Office of College Admissions is committed to protecting and safeguarding the individual privacy of applicants and their parents or guardians by restricting the use of all collected information. The information on this application may be used by Chicago officials only for appropriate administrative (admission and financial aid processing, for example) and research purposes.

The only personally identifiable information the Office of Admissions collects via electronic mail, or through our online application, is that which is voluntarily provided by our prospective applicants and their parents or guardians. Tracking information is collected and analyzed so that we may improve our service offerings to our prospective applicants. This tracking information is kept confidential to the University of Chicago.

The University of Chicago will share personally identifiable information about you when one or more of the following conditions applies:
We have your consent to share the information.
We respond to subpoenas, court orders or legal process.

Online Payments

The University of Chicago Office of College Admissions also collects credit card information from you for your application fee. A reputable third-party financial institution handles our credit card transactions.

Whenever you transmit credit card information and other personal information through our site, the numbers and letters are scrambled using encryption technology, making it nearly impossible for the information to be stolen or intercepted. To protect your security, we do not allow you to store your credit card number from session to session.


The Office of College Admissions, like most web sites, uses a feature of your browser to set a “cookie” on your computer. We cannot tell your name or any personal information about you based solely on the cookie. Unless you specifically tell us your name and other identifying information, we will never know who you are. All the cookie tells us is what functions you perform when you are on the site so that we can keep track of your transaction. A cookie also helps us note particular traffic patterns on the site so that we can improve what we offer.

Every browser allows you to reject cookies or to choose which cookies you will accept. Rejecting cookies, however, may sometimes interfere with your ability to use all the features and benefits of our site.


The importance of security for all personal information associated with our prospective applicants is an important concern to the Office of College Admissions. You must have a secure browser—one that supports secure transmission of data across the Internet—to apply online to the University of Chicago. For more information, use your browser’s help feature.

In coordination with the Networking Services & Information Technology Office at the University of Chicago, the Office of College Admissions seeks to exercise great care in providing secure transmission of your information from your computer to our servers. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. When credit card information is transmitted, we use industry standard SSL (secure socket layer) encryption.

Your password is protected so that only you can access it and view the information that you provide to us through the online applicants’ site.

We strongly advise you not to share your password with anyone.

IMPORTANT! To avoid having confidential information remain in your browser’s “memory” of recently viewed pages, you are strongly urged to quit or turn off your browser software when you are finished working on your application.

Last update: 7/15/05.