UCSD Makes New Admissions Error

By Eric S. Page
|  Wednesday, May 6, 2009  |  Updated 7:32 AM PDT
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UCSD gave thousands of students a reason to smack their heads. Now, hundreds of students who thought they were out are told they're back in.

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UC San Diego -- a school for the smart ones, supposedly -- mistakenly congratulated nearly 29,000 applicants on their acceptance two months ago.  Now, word that it's happened again.

More than 600 transfer students listed as rejected have actually been accepted to the university, according to a report in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

UCSD officials told the paper that the mistake an "administrative error." The university will be notifying all of the students affected this week, according to the assistant of vice chancellor for admissions, Mae Brown.

In late March, about 17,000 students were offered admission for the fall, leaving nearly 29,000 hopefuls out in the cold.

But  the school's communications office said an e-mail was sent to all 46,377 students who applied for admission -- including the 29,000 rejects -- welcoming them to the campus.

A half-hour later, school officials said, they realized their mistake. Almost two hours after the first note went out, a second e-mail was sent, apologizing to 28,889 freshmen applicants for the mistake.

"No member of this department is more acutely aware of the emotional roller-coaster that this could cause for our applicants," Assistant Vice Chancellor Mae W. Brown said.

An anonymous parent told the Los Angeles Times it was a "colossal screw-up."

Similar incidents have happened at other schools -- including Cornell in the recent past, the paper reported -- but the UCSD incident was the biggest "screw-up."

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