Official Rules: Preliminary Application Trends Survey Drawing


You are eligible to win the prizes described below because you agreed to participate in research in the GMAC Preliminary Application Trends Survey. However, in order to be eligible to win the prize or participate in the Drawing, you must complete the survey during the Term.  If you did not agree to take such survey or otherwise received the email invitation in error, you are not eligible to receive the prize or participate in the Drawing.


To be eligible to enter the GMAC Preliminary Application Trends Survey Drawing (hereinafter, “Drawing”), you must have (i) agreed to take the 2011 Preliminary Application Trends Survey (“Survey”) and be (ii) above the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which you reside at the time of entry.  Employees, officers, and directors of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and their immediate families and those living in their households, are not eligible to participate in the Drawing. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.  All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply, including applicable economic sanction and other international trade regulations.

2.  TERM

The Drawing begins at 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time (EST) on February 2, 2011 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on February 16, 2011 (“Term”). 


Graduate Management Admission Council®, 11921 Freedom Drive, Ste. 300, Reston, VA 20190 USA, is the sponsor of the Drawing (“Sponsor” or “GMAC®”).


NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. During the Term, potential entrants will receive an email from Sponsor with a Survey questionnaire.  To enter the Drawing, complete the survey questions, and provide your email address during the Term.

You must complete the survey during the Term to be eligible to receive the prizes described below.

LIMIT: ONE (1) ENTRY PER PERSON AND EMAIL ADDRESS. Subsequent entries will be disqualified.  All entries become the property of Sponsor. They will not be returned or acknowledged.  Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, mutilated, incomplete, or illegible entries, or for any computer-related, online, telephonic, or technical malfunctions that may occur. Entries are void if they are in whole or in part illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, forged, mechanically reproduced or obtained through fraud or theft. By entering you agree to be bound by these Official Rules. If you are entering on behalf of your employer, these rules are binding on you, individually, and your company. 

In the event of a dispute regarding who submitted an entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.  A selected entrant may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the selected entry.

Sponsor will be collecting personal data about participants when they register and enter the Drawing. Any use of participant’s personal data will comply with the terms of Sponsor’s privacy policy located at


All entrants will receive via email at no cost to them, detailed survey results. For more details about the type of information you will receive, please click here The information will be provided to you by email at the email address that you provided upon entry. In addition, during the Term, Sponsor will be awarding the following prizes:

Grand Prize: Three (3) gift baskets consisting of food, wine, cheese, candies or other edible items. Prize: $150.00.

Total ARV: $450.00.

The prizes shall be accepted on an “as is” basis and for which Sponsor makes no warranties or representations nor accepts any responsibility. Prizes shall only be delivered to the address of the school or program, and not to a residence. All decisions on all matters pertaining to the Drawings are final. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Limit one prize per school. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Winners may be ineligible to receive a prize if prohibited by applicable economic sanctions or other international trade regulations.


Random selection of the potential winners will occur on or about March 7, 2011 from among all eligible entries received. Prize drawing will be conducted at Sponsor’s office in Reston, Virginia.  The potential winners will be notified by email on or about March 9, 2011. Potential winners will have fourteen (14) days from notification to claim his or her prize.  Sponsor and its affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, agents, officers and directors, advertising and Drawing agencies, and their respective officers, directors, employees and their respective agents will not be liable for unsuccessful efforts to notify a winner. The prize will be delivered by courier or first class mail. No prize transfer, assignment or substitution by winner permitted, nor is there any cash value.  Sponsor may substitute the prize for one of equal or greater value. All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners. If any potential winner declines the prize, fails to claim the prize, is unavailable for prize fulfillment, fails to abide by the Official Rules, or is ineligible, the prize will go unclaimed and it may not be awarded.


  1. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Drawing.
  2. By participating, entrants and winners release Sponsor, its affiliates, parent, and subsidiary companies, its employees, agents and officers, advertising and promotion agencies, as well as all others associated with the development and execution of this Drawing, from and against any and all liability with respect to or in any way arising from the Drawing and the awarding and use of the prizes.  Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission, or the delivery of prizes; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Drawing entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. 
  3. Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; and (b) that the decisions of Sponsor are final on all matters relating to the Drawing.   Winner agrees to be bound by these rules and the decisions of Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding. 
  4. If you are acting within the scope of your employment, as an employee, contractor, or agent of another party, you warrant that such party has full knowledge of your actions and has consent thereto.  You further warrant that your actions do not violate your employer’s or company’s policies and procedures, and that you can accept delivery of a prize at your employer’s address.

8.  LAWS

This Drawing is governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA, without regard to the conflicts of law provisions.


To obtain the names of the winners, send a request, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to Legal Department, Graduate Management Admission Council®, 11921 Freedom Drive, Ste. 300, Reston, VA 20190 USA. (Residents of Vermont need not supply postage). You will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to receiving the winners list.