What is Dropbox Campus Cup, and how do I participate?

Dropbox Campus Cup has ended

Dropbox Campus Cup officially ended at 11:59pm, PST on December 14, 2015. Any space earned through Campus Cup is valid until January 16, 2018.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Dropbox Campus Cup allows students, faculty, and staff at eligible universities to earn Dropbox space. Participants can earn up to 25 GB per person for two years by rallying others at their school to join in. The more your school participates, the more space everyone earns.

Dropbox Campus Cup—frequently asked questions

How do I sign up for Campus Cup?

  1. Visit the Campus Cup homepage
  2. Sign in to your Dropbox Basic or Pro account (if you’re not signed in already)
    • Or create an account, if you don’t yet have one
  3. Verify an email address from a college, university, or higher education institution (for example, one with an ".ac" or ".edu" domain)
  4. Check your email to verify and complete signup
  • Note: If the Campus Cup signup page fails to load, appears blank, or loads only a solid color, you may be encountering an issue with AdBlock. If this is happening for you, try disabling any AdBlock software or plugins on your web browser, and then reloading the Campus Cup page.

When does Campus Cup start and end?

The official Campus Cup challenge begins on September 17, 2015 and ends on December 14, 2015. During this time you can earn Dropbox space for yourself and others at your school. You won’t be able to earn additional space after December 14, 2015. However, the space you earn through Campus Cup will be available on the Dropbox account you signed in with for two years (through January 16, 2018).

Am I eligible for Campus Cup?

To participate, you must:

  • Have a Dropbox Basic or Pro account, or create one for Campus Cup
  • Have a valid email address from a college, university, or higher education institution (for example, one with an ".ac" or ".edu" domain)

Exceptions:

  • Dropbox Business accounts are ineligible for Campus Cup, however you can create a new Dropbox Basic or Pro account, and use this personal account to participate
  • Alumni emails may be ineligible
  • The following email domains—and associated sub-domains—are not eligible to participate in Campus Cup, and they cannot be used to verify eligibility for Campus Cup:
    • mit.edu
    • si.edu
    • fullerton.edu (example sub-domain: csu.fullerton.edu)

Note: students and faculty at these universities can join their school's Dropbox Business team to get 25 GB (students) or more space (faculty).

Learn how you can join a Dropbox Business team.

What if my school doesn't provide me with an email address?

In order to verify eligibility for Campus Cup, you must have a valid university email address (for example, one with an ".ac" or ".edu" domain). If your school does not provide an email address for you, then you will not be able to participate in Campus Cup. However, you can still earn additional Dropbox space (up to 16GB for a basic account) by referring friends and family to Dropbox.

How do I earn extra space?

Space is earned through completing the following actions, which help you earn points toward your school’s overall ranking:

Action

Points

Install Dropbox on your computer and sign in 20
Install the Dropbox mobile app and sign in 5
Create a new shared folder 10
Create a new shared link 5
Create a new file request 5
Invite a friend—and have that friend join—during your first week participating in Campus Cup 3 (per referral)
Invite a friend—and have that friend join—after your first week participating in Campus Cup 1 (per referral)

Note: The people you invite during your first week participating in Campus Cup must also accept that invite within your first week in order to earn the three points for your school.

How much space can I earn, and when will space be granted?

Participants in Campus Cup can earn 3, 8, 15, or 25 GB of extra space, which will be available for two years. New space will be granted within 1 hour of your school crossing each point threshold.

How many points does it take to reach each space threshold?

The number of points needed to reach each space threshold differs by school, and depends on factors like school size. You can find your school’s threshold by hovering over the blue icons in the rainbow graphic on the participant page.

I completed a certain action before I signed up for Campus Cup. Do I get the points automatically?

If you already have Dropbox installed on your computer or mobile device, you will automatically earn Campus Cup points for this action. However, other point-earning actions must be completed after you’ve verified your email address and successfully joined Campus Cup.

Do I earn a regular referral bonus for inviting people to Campus Cup?

Yes. If you successfully invite people to participate in Campus Cup, and they are also new to Dropbox, you earn referral bonus space.

If you've reached the maximum referral bonus space (16 GB for free accounts, 32 GB for Pro accounts), you cannot earn a referral bonus. However, you still qualify for any extra space earned from Campus Cup.

I meet the requirements—why can’t I sign up for Campus Cup?

Are you using a valid school email address to sign up?

In order to verify eligibility for Campus Cup, you must have a valid university email address (for example, one with an ".ac" or ".edu" domain). If your school does not provide an email address for you, then you will not be able to participate in Campus Cup. However, you can still earn additional Dropbox space (up to 16GB for a basic account) by referring friends and family to Dropbox.

Are you trying to verify the same school email address more than once?

You can only verify a school email address once. If you already verified this email address for Campus Cup, you cannot verify your email address again.

Are you trying to use multiple school email addresses with the same Dropbox account?

You can only use one email address per Dropbox account for Campus Cup.

Are you using the same email address that you verified with Campus Cup?

You must opt in to Campus Cup using the same Dropbox account used to request the verification email. Be sure that you’re not logged in to a different Dropbox account when you click the email verification link.

Is your school eligible?

Only students, faculty, or staff of eligible higher education institutions can participate. If you’re receiving an error when you attempt to sign up with an email address from your educational institution, it may be that we haven’t yet verified your school’s eligibility. We review errors, and if we discover that you are using a valid email address from an eligible school, we’ll contact you once we’ve resolved the error.

The following email domains—and associated sub-domains—are not eligible to participate in Campus Cup, and they cannot be used to verify eligibility for Campus Cup:

  • mit.edu
  • si.edu
  • fullerton.edu (example sub-domain: csu.fullerton.edu)

However, students and faculty at these institutions can join their school's Dropbox Business team to get 25GB (students) or more space (faculty).

Learn how you can join a Dropbox Business account.

My school uses multiple email domains—do they count as the same school?

In most cases, yes: If your school uses multiple domains (for example "math.yourschool.edu" and "cs.yourschool.edu") in email addresses, all count as part of the same school.

However, in a few cases where a school has multiple email domains, our system did not recognize that these belonged to the same institution. In these cases, the domains were treated as separate schools in Campus Cup.

Please note that this should not significantly impact a participant's ability to earn space. The number of points required to reach a threshold has been statistically normalized between universities. This accounts for the fact that schools with larger enrollments are able to earn points faster than schools with smaller enrollments, but will also help in cases where multiple domains are treated as separate schools.

Can I change the Dropbox account I'm using for Campus Cup?

No, but you can change the primary email of your Dropbox account.

What if I linked my school address to someone else’s Dropbox account, or to an account I can no longer access?

If you're having trouble participating in Campus Cup because you accidentally linked your school address to someone else's account, or to an account you can no longer access, you can link your school email address to a different Dropbox account.

Can more than one person receive points for a Campus Cup referral?

No. Only the sender of a referral link can earn referral points (provided the recipient uses the link to sign up). However, students, faculty, and staff of schools are working together in Campus Cup. Any person from your school who signs up will help you and your school get closer to earning extra space.

Who can see my email information?

By participating in Campus Cup, you make your school email address viewable to all other participants at your school.

When does Campus Cup space expire, and what happens then?

Campus Cup space expires on January 16, 2018, or if you upgrade to a Dropbox Business account (whichever comes earlier). At this point, the space earned through Campus Cup will be removed from each participating Dropbox account. Your Dropbox quota will be decreased, reflecting this change.

All files in your Dropbox will still be available, even if the loss of the promotional space puts you over quota. However, Dropbox will stop syncing, meaning that new files added to your Dropbox won't sync to your devices or the Dropbox website. Syncing will resume when your Dropbox is again below quota.

Alternatively, you can upgrade your account.

If my school email address expires, what happens to my Dropbox space?

If your school email address expires (because you’ve graduated, for example), you retain access to the stuff in your Dropbox. However, you will no longer receive sharing notifications, password resets, or any other critical communications from Dropbox.

Note: We recommend that you change the primary email address on your Dropbox account if you anticipate that that email address will expire.

I’m a Dropbox Business user—can I still participate in Campus Cup?

Yes. Simply visit the Campus Cup homepage and create a new Dropbox Basic or Pro account. You can then use this account to participate in Campus Cup.

If your school email address is associated with a Dropbox Business account, you can still use that address to verify eligibility in Campus Cup.

Note: The following email domains, and associated sub-domains, are not eligible to participate in Campus Cup, and they cannot be used to verify eligibility for Campus Cup:

  • mit.edu
  • si.edu
  • fullerton.edu (Example of sub-domain: csu.fullerton.edu)

However, students and faculty at these institutions can join their school's Dropbox Business team to get 25GB (students) or more space (faculty).

What happens if I sign up for Campus Cup with a Dropbox Basic or Pro account, but then join a Dropbox Business team?

If you join a Dropbox Business team using the same Dropbox account used to participate in Campus Cup, the points you contributed to your school will still count. But you will no longer be able to participate in Campus Cup using that account.

However, in the process of joining the Dropbox Business team you will be presented with the option to create and pair a personal account. This option will appear as Move my files to a new personal Dropbox. If you select this option, the space you earned in Campus Cup will be added to this new personal account.

If you do not select this option, the space you earned in Campus Cup will not be transferable to any future personal Dropbox account.

If you join a Dropbox Business team using a different Dropbox account, then none of the above applies to you.

To clarify, here are the scenarios in which migration does and does not apply:

The migration scenario applies in two cases:

  1. You participate in Campus Cup with a Dropbox account that’s been created using a non-school email address, and use this same address to join a Dropbox Business team
  2. You participate in Campus Cup with a Dropbox account that’s been created using your school’s email address, and then migrate to Dropbox Business using that same email address

This migration scenario does not apply in the following two cases:

  1. You participate in Campus Cup using a Dropbox account created with a non-school email address, and then use your school’s email address to join a Dropbox Business team
  2. You participate in Campus Cup using a Dropbox account created with a school email address, and then use your non-school email address to join a Dropbox Business team

Learn how to pair a personal and Business account, and move files between the two.

Note: This rule applies until the day that Campus Cup space expires: January 16, 2018.

Note: If you join a Dropbox Business team using the same Dropbox account used to participate in Campus Cup, you will no longer be able to use that email to re-verify eligibility for Campus Cup.

Where can I read the full Campus Cup terms of participation and eligibility?

Read the full Campus Cup terms.

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