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Terms and Conditions of Use and Privacy Policy

Welcome to the U.S. News Rankings and Reviews web site. As used in these Terms and Conditions, the term "web site" refers to the web site located at usnews.rankingsandreviews.com as well as online services that include, but are not limited to, our e-mail newsletters, our archives, and our online blogs and user postings. U.S. News Rankings and Reviews does not control, and is not responsible for, any third-party site to which the web site links.

You agree that your use of the web site is subject to the following Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions may be modified at any time and from time to time; the date of the most recent changes or revisions will appear on this page. Continued access to the Web site by you will constitute your acceptance of any changes or revisions to the Agreement. If you do not agree with the Terms and Conditions, please do not use this Web site.

The materials contained on the web site are provided by U.S. News Rankings and Reviews as a service to you for your noncommercial, personal use on an "as is, as available" basis and may be used by you for information purposes only. You acknowledge that you are using the web site at your own risk. U.S. News Rankings and Reviews assumes no responsibility for error or omissions in these materials. U.S. News Rankings and Reviews makes no commitment to update the information contained herein. U.S. News Rankings and Reviews makes no, and expressly disclaims any and all, representations or warranties, express or implied, regarding the U.S. News Rankings and Reviews web site, including without limitation the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of text, graphics, links, products and services, and other items accessed from or via the web site, or that the web site will be uninterrupted, error-free, or free of viruses or other harmful components. No advice or information given by U.S. News Rankings and Reviews or any other party on the web site shall create any warranty or liability.

U.S. News Rankings and Reviews does not warrant or make any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the materials at the web site in terms of their correctness, accuracy, timeliness, reliability, or otherwise. Under no circumstances shall U.S. News Rankings and Reviews or any of its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, or their respective partners, officers, directors, employees, or agents be held liable for any damages, whether direct, incidental, indirect, special, or consequential, and including, without limitation, lost revenues or lost profits, arising from or in connection with your use, reliance on, or performance of the information on the web site.

U.S. News Rankings and Reviews periodically schedules system downtime for maintenance and other purposes. Unplanned outages also may occur. U.S. News Rankings and Reviews shall have no liability for the resulting unavailability of the web site or for any loss of data or transactions caused by planned or unplanned system outages, or any outages of web hosting providers or the Internet infrastructure and network external to the web site.

Copyright

All materials published on the web site are protected by copyright laws, and may not be reproduced, republished, distributed, transmitted, resold, displayed, broadcast, or otherwise exploited in any manner without the express written permission of either U.S. News Rankings and Reviews or, in the case of content licensed by U.S. News Rankings and Reviews from third parties, the entity that is credited as the copyright holder of such licensed content. You may download freely accessible material (one copy per page) from this web site for your personal and noncommercial use only, without altering or removing any trademark, copyright, or other notice from such material; you must pay a fee to access articles from our archives and our premium online content.

In the event you believe that any content posted on the web site infringes your copyright or other intellectual-property rights, you may notify U.S. News Rankings and Reviews by providing the information required by the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Action of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 512, to U.S. News Rankings and Reviews' Copyright Agent:

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User Generated Content

U.S. News Rankings and Reviews, through its blogs, user reviews, and other site features, provides users an opportunity to post content to the web site. U.S. News Rankings and Reviews does not necessarily endorse, support, sanction, encourage, or agree with content posted by users. You shall not post or transmit any unlawful threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, or indecent information of any kind, including without limitation any transmissions constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate and local, state, national, or international law, or infringe upon another's copyright or trademark. You understand that all information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, video, messages, or other materials posted or transmitted in on the U.S. News Rankings and Reviews site, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person from whom such content originated. This means that you, and not U.S. News Rankings and Reviews, are entirely and solely responsible for all content that you upload, post, or otherwise transmit via the Web site. U.S. News Rankings and Reviews does not and cannot review the content posted by users and is not responsible for such content. However, U.S. News Rankings and Reviews shall have the right, but not the obligation, to delete, move, or edit any content that violates this agreement or is otherwise objectionable as determined by U.S. News Rankings and Reviews in its sole discretion and without notice.

If you upload, post, or otherwise transmit content to the Web site, you acknowledge that any such submissions may be edited, removed, modified, published, transmitted, and displayed by U.S. News Rankings and Reviews in any medium now existing or hereinafter invented, and for any purpose, including commercial uses. You waive any moral rights you may have in having the material edited, removed, modified, published, transmitted, or displayed in a manner not agreeable to you.

You agree to indemnify U.S. News Rankings and Reviews and its parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of their respective partners, officers, directors, employees, and agents, against, and to hold each of them harmless from, any and all claims and liabilities (including attorney's fees) that may arise from your submissions, from your unauthorized use of material obtained from the web site, from your breach of these Terms and Conditions, and from any such acts arising through your use of the web site.

Third Party Content Provider Notices

All third-party text, photo, and graphic material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication, or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium. Neither the third-party materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and noncommercial use. No third-party provider will be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors, or omissions there from or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing.

Featured Services

U.S. News Rankings and Reviews is committed to providing visitors to its site with as many features as possible. The companies that U.S. News Rankings and Reviews selects as featured services providers offer products and services that site visitors may find useful. U.S. News Rankings and Reviews in certain cases may have a business relationship with certain third parties that it selects as a featured service provider. U.S. News Rankings and Reviews is not responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any advice or information given, or of any statement made, by the companies providing featured services, or for the content, services, products, or advertising on or available from their web sites, or for the availability and operations of their web sites.

Jurisdiction

You agree that any claim, action, or proceeding arising out of these Terms and Conditions, or your use of the web site, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York applicable to contracts to be wholly performed therein, and any action based on or alleging a breach of this Agreement must be brought in a state or federal court in Virginia. In addition, you agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts.

Disclaimer

U.S. News Rankings and Reviews takes care to bring our readers the best and most useful consumer information, facts and insight. However, we do not guarantee the accuracy of all the data and information provided on the site, and consumers should always consult the manufacturer and/or their dealer/distributor for the most up-to-date product information, features and specifications.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy applies to the web site only and does not cover information collected on any third-party sites to which this web site links. This privacy policy is part of, and must be read in conjunction with, the web site's Terms and Conditions. You can read the entire Terms and Conditions by scrolling up to the top of this page. If you do not agree with the Terms and Conditions in their entirety, please do not use this web site.

Web Site Users

U.S. News Rankings and Reviews only collects personally identifiable information such as a name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number, or credit card information with your specific knowledge and consent. We respect your privacy, and we will not share any personally identifiable information with anyone at any time unless required by law.

How does the web site use information supplied by me?

Occasionally, visitors to our web site may be asked to supply certain personally identifying information, which is then retained by U.S. News Rankings and Reviews. For example, we ask you for certain information if you choose to subscribe to our e-mail newsletters, or register with our online blogs or user reviews. If you choose to give us personally identifying information at such time, such information will be retained by us and used only to provide you with products or services you have requested, or with additional information from us about U.S. News Rankings and Reviews, its affiliates, or selected outside companies whose products or services we feel may be of use to you. Any information from selected outside companies will be transmitted by U.S. News Rankings and Reviews so that such companies will not have access either to your e-mail address or to your other personally identifying information. Moreover, we will not sell or rent any personally identifying information obtained through the web site (other than in connection with magazine subscriptions ordered, as explained below) to any other company or organization.

If, at some point after giving U.S. News Rankings and Reviews your personally identifying information, you do not wish to continue to receive additional information from U.S. News Rankings and Reviews about U.S. News Rankings and Reviews, its affiliates, or selected outside companies, in general, you may opt out by emailing sitefeedback and put the words "remove my name" in the subject line of your e-mail; in the case of our e-mail newsletters, you also may follow the procedures at our e-mail newsletter registration page.

From time to time, the personally identifying information that you provide to us may be shared with our suppliers or service providers who assist us in maintaining and managing our newsletters, blogs, user reviews, and other activities on the Web site. Such suppliers or service providers may use your personally identifying information only in the course of providing services to U.S. News Rankings and Reviews, but they may not use such information for other purposes.

While your individual information is protected as discussed above, U.S. News Rankings and Reviews reserves the right to use such individual information to create aggregated, anonymous data about users in order to develop statistics about activity on and visitors to the Web site. In addition, U.S. News Rankings and Reviews may disclose personal information if we in good faith believe that such action is necessary to (1) comply with the law or with legal process; (2) protect and defend our rights and property; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the Web site; or (4) protect the personal safety, property, or rights of our users or the public.

What are "cookies" and how do you use them?

"Cookies" are pieces of information that are placed by a web site in a storage place on your computer. Cookies do not contain information that is, in itself, personally identifying. Cookies are placed on your computer in a limited way to help deliver advertisements, to calculate unique site visitors, and to track usage throughout our site. Other uses include placement of cookies to make the login process more convenient for users of our e-mail newsletters, blogs, and user reviews. In addition, some advertisers may place cookies on your computer. We do not have control over cookies placed by advertisers.

In addition, we contract with certain third parties to help manage and optimize our web site business, including the following:

We use the services of Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. to help us measure the effectiveness of our advertising and how visitors use the Web site. To do this Google Analytics uses cookies to assist in the analysis of the sites' traffic, audience and usability. This information helps us understand which pages are most attractive to our visitors, which of our products most interest our customers, how our site is being used, and what kinds of research and information do our customers like to see.

We also use third party advertising companies to deliver ads to you when you visit our web site. In the course of providing these services, our third-party advertising companies may place or recognize a unique "cookie" on your browser which collects information about your visits to this web site, such as the number of times you have viewed an ad (but not your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number or other personal information). If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by our third party advertising companies, please visit the following web sites: http://www.doubleclick.net/us/corporate/privacy and http://www.networkadvertising.org/optout_nonppii.asp.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

No one under the age of 13 should provide any personal information. In general, U.S. News Rankings and Reviews does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13. If in limited circumstances we do knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13, we will do so only with verified parental consent prior to collection. In the event that we learn that we have collected information from a child under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete this information from our database as quickly as possible. If you believe the web site has any information about anyone under 13, please contact us at sitefeedback.