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UCSB mistakenly gives good news, then apologizes to 60 wait-listed applicants

UC Santa Barbara mistakenly told 60 applicants they were admitted to next fall’s freshman class when, in fact, they remained on the waiting list for entrance, officials said Thursday. "It’s an awful situation and I feel really bad about it," UC Santa Barbara admissions director Christine Van Gieson said.

Because of a staff error in pulling names from computerized lists, families of the applicants received recruitment mailings intended only for those who had been admitted, she said. The 60 were among 2,400 on the school’s waiting list, an admissions tool that is being used extensively by the UC system for the first time. They can now choose to remain on that list but will not be automatically admitted because of the mistake, Van Gieson said.

UC San Diego experienced a much larger embarrassment last year when it sent a congratulatory e-mail to 28,000 students who had been denied admission. Within hours, the school apologized and the students remained on the rejected list.

-- Larry Gordon

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It has been 8 years but I remember the anxiety my daughter and I went through when she was on her college-of-choice WAIT List for 5 weeks or so.

This type of error would have caused her an unbelievable sorrow.

Yes, I never promised her a ROSE GARDEN, but when the long awaited Acceptance Letter came, we were so thrilled. I hope the University decides to make good on their error and accept these students-- what's a few more bodies in the whole scheme of things.

My kid is on that waiting list. SAT of 2200.... AP classes, AP tests at 5.0, high GPA... but since we're from a high socioeconomic district he (and his buddies) get the shaft.

The UC regents, in their holistic approach, figured we could pay for a private school. We will, but we will also take the 40K of taxes we pay California away.

I'm almost close to pulling stakes from California. The 15K in yearly taxes we'll save we go a long ways to pay for my first son's education.

Sorry, but California is broken and the UC needs to be fixed from the outside. The idiots running it are clueless when they expect to hire more "out of state" students. If they want to do that then they should privatize the whole system, if not they owe the people of California the eduction that we pay taxes for.

Clueless administration, political myopy.... at all levels of administration, from giant districts like the LAUSD, to the UC all the way to the State Legislature.

Throw the bums out.

Meanwhile, I may be out of here soon. Since I've owned my house for many years I got plenty of equity.

Bye... or should I say... adios....

so what difference does 60 students make in a huge campus, let them in and apologizr and be careful. There should be some penalty for such atrocious errors other than a lame apology.


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