U.S. News “Why My College Rocks” Video Contest Official Rules

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Must be 18 years of age or older.


3. HOW TO ENTER: To enter, visit the Contest website during the Submission Period by logging on to http://www.usnews.com/youtubecontest (the "Contest Homepage"), click the link to "post a video response," and follow the instructions for uploading your video, which shall constitute your Video Submission. You must completely and accurately submit all required information to enter. You will be required to sign in to YouTube to post a video response. If you do not already have a YouTube account, you will be required to create one. Entrants must submit a short video under ten [10] minutes in length, based on the following theme: Why My School Rocks. Entrant must comply with all Video submissions requirements, as detailed below. Entry is not complete until Entrant has followed the online prompts to upload the digital file containing their Video Submission.

All Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. E.D.T. on Friday, October 31, 2008. Sponsor is not responsible for late or unsuccessful attempts to enter. Sponsor reserves the right to allow for minor fluctuations between the Entrant's timing device and the actual runtime of the Submission on the Contest Homepage, based on clear intent to comply with the Official Rules, as determined in the Sponsor's sole discretion. The Entrant should be able to provide on request all appropriate clearances, permissions and releases for the Video Submission, including releases from the submitting Entrant and any third parties appearing in the Submission. Incomplete, corrupted, untimely, or unintelligible entries will be disqualified. If for any reason an Entrant's entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, Entrant's sole remedy is another entry in the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right to determine in its sole discretion which entries have satisfied the entry requirements. Entrants may enter more than once, as long as all entries comply with these Official Rules, including without limitation the Video Submission Requirements. ELIGIBLE ENTRANTS MUST SUBMIT EACH ENTRY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE OFFICIAL RULES. NO OTHER METHOD OF SUBMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Video Submission Requirements

Videos must:

  • Be a maximum of ten (10) minutes in length;
    • Be submitted in one of the following formats: asf, .wmv, .mov, .qt, .3g2, .3gp, .3gp2, .3gpp, .gsm, .mpg, .mpeg, .mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .cmp, .divx, .xvid, .264, .rm, .rmvb, .flv. Any other formats submitted and/or exceeding the time limit will be disqualified.
      • Be the Entrant's original idea (modification of an original work shall not be considered an original idea).
        • Comply with YouTube terms of service and specifications for user submissions and/or video uploads, located at http://www.youtube.com/t/terms and as may otherwise be posted on the YouTube website.
        • Videos must NOT:

          • Exceed 100 MB in file size and/or ten (10) minutes in play time;
            • Contain material which is (or promotes activities which are) sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, violent, self-mutilating (e.g., relating to murder, the sales of weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.), discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, natural origin, physical disability, sexual orientation or age), illegal (e.g. underage drinking, substance abuse, computer hacking, etc.), offensive, threatening, profane, or harassing;
              • Include mention or performance of any copyrighted media production including but not limited to music, films, books, television programming, etc., or identifying descriptions of any media property.
                • Contain material that violates or infringes another's rights, including but not limited to material that violates privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement. Without limiting the foregoing, Video Submissions must not include third party trademarks, logos, insignia, location signage, photographs, artwork, or sculptures. Entrants may, however, include footage of their school's campus, which may include school buildings or landmarks and signs that contain the school's name or names of buildings on campus, as long as the taking or use of such footage does not violate any federal, state or local laws, or school rules.