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UCLA Congratulates 900 Applicants ... by Mistake

Then apologizes
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2012 12:53 AM CDT
UCLA Congratulates 900 Applicants ... by Mistake
The UCLA campus.   (?Sergio Goncalves Chicago)

Several hundred applicants were thrilled to read in a much-anticipated email from UCLA that they had been accepted by the prestigious university. Except they hadn't. It was all a mistake for 894 high school seniors who got the wrong notice. In fact, they're only wait-listed, they learned in a follow-up apology from the school. “We realize this is a particularly stressful time for students and their families. We sincerely apologize for this mistake that may have led some of them to think they were admitted when they remain on the waiting lists,” a campus spokesman told the Los Angeles Times.

So far, not a single one of the students notified days ago has been moved off the waiting list (and they probably shouldn't hold their breath). It's hardly the biggest such mistake the California system has made. UC San Diego told 28,000 applicants they were accepted in 2009—not. (More UCLA stories.)

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