BY: KASSANDRA THOMAS
(Gainesville, Ga.) – Nearly 800 applicants to the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh were accidentally accepted into the computer science master’s program via email on account of a computer glitch.
Like their worst nightmare, according to Gawker, these unintentionally accepted prospects received a followup email with this not so happy news:
Earlier this morning, we mistakenly sent you an offer of admission to Carnegie Mellon’s MS in CS program. This was an error on our part. While we certainly appreciate your interest in our program, we regret that we are unable to offer you admission this year.
This may seem like a once in a lifetime mistake but it is all too common. Johns Hopkins University made the same mistake to around 300 applicants via email as well. According to the Washington Post, thousands of MIT applicants had to face the same teaser last year.
While the acceptance and immediate retraction has the potential to be emotionally draining, there is only so much institutions can do when technological mistakes such as these are made. They are just one click away after all.
For more information on every college student’s nightmare, visit the Washington Post.