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Florida school joins list of universities that have had to withdraw acceptance letters

Deb Erdley
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College acceptance notifications are occasion for celebration; but there are some exceptions.

The Tampa Bay Tribune reported that this year’s exception was the University of South Florida, where someone hit a send button that sent email notifications soaring through the ether to some 680 applicants who had applied to the school in sunny St. Petersburg, Fla.

The only problem was the email blast should have been limited to 250 applicants.

The Florida school sheepishly announced the error and said it was in the process of contacting the 430 unlucky email recipients that they did not make the cut.

The university is among a growing list of institutions that have had to own up to similar mistakes.

Four years ago, Carnegie Mellon University confessed to a similar mistake when 800 applicants to its graduate program in computer science received emails erroneously informing them they’d been admitted to the highly competitive program that typically admits only a handful of students.

Months earlier in December 2014, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore apologized to 294 undergraduate applicants who had received congratulatory emails in error.

The Washington Post reported that Fordham University, Vassar College and the University of California at San Diego are among schools forced to wipe egg from their ivory-covered towers after someone hit the send button in error.

Deb Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Deb at 724-850-1209, [email protected] or via Twitter @deberdley_trib.