Cookies

What Are Cookies?

A cookie is a small piece of information (in the form of a text file) which is sent from a website server and stored on a user's computer. Cookies are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client's computer.

This website uses unobtrusive cookies to store information on your computer. Some cookies on this site are essential, and the site will not work as expected without them. These cookies are typically set when you submit an online form or login to the site.

We also use some non-essential third party cookies to anonymously track visitors. If you are unhappy with the use of third party cookies, see below to read information about the cookies used. Disabling certain cookies may disable some of the features of this website.

Essential Cookies

Name Description Expiration
PHPSESSID The PHPSESSID cookie enables websites to store serialised state data. This is mainly used when you login, but it is also used to remember certain small settings you make select when browsing the site When you close your browser.
cki_option This cookie stores a value so we know if we have shown you the cookie message when you first visited this site, and so that we don't show you it again. 1 year from set/update.

3rd Party Cookies

Here is an explanation of the cookies that 3rd party providers set.

Name Description Expiration
__utma This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to gradcracker.com from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits gradcracker.com, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to gradcracker.com and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure. 2 years from set/update.
__utmb This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with gradcracker.com. When a user views a page on gradcracker.com, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on gradcracker.com, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on gradcracker.com for longer than 30 minutes. 30 minutes from set/update.
__utmc This cookie is no longer used by the ga.js tracking code to determine session status.

Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. For backwards compatibility purposes with sites still using the urchin.js tracking code, this cookie will continue to be written and will expire when the user exits the browser.

Not set.
__utmz This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach gradcracker.com, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within gradcracker.com. The cookie is updated with each page view to gradcracker.com. 6 months from set/update.

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. This tool uses cookies to collect anonymous information about the pages you visit and the time you spend on the website. The Google analytics cookie also tracks information such as how visitors get to our website, search terms used, the country they are viewing from, how long a visitor stays on a page, and what browser is being used - amongst other things. No personal information is collected or used by these cookies.

If you would prefer to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, then please click here.