Getting into a highly competitive school like UCLA can mean the world to some students. At this time of year the tension is especially high as families hope to find out where their loved ones will be going in the fall.
Many a graduate has spent endless hours with extracurriculars and studying for important tests in order to achieve that perfect balance between GPA and activities. And it’s definitely not easy. So you can imagine the shock and disappointment for 894 high school seniors who were accidentally sent enrollment congratulation emails when in reality they were still on the legendary school’s lengthy waitlist.
It was supposed to be just a simple financial aid award email sent out to 894 applicants but a human error introduced a congratulatory comment into the text which confused the students who clicked on a link within the email only to be told that they were in fact still in consideration.
“Once again congratulations on your admission to UCLA, we hope that this information will assist you in making your decision to join the Bruin Family in the fall.” said the misleading text.
Scores of families immediately started phoning the UCLA Admissions department hoping to get to the bottom of the issue. Should they be elated or were the Bruins just toying with their emotions? Ultimately UCLA sent out a clarification email that cleared the mess up and say that they are looking into how such a glaring error could have occurred.
(Source: LA Times)