Friday, March 18, 2016

Come on in!

The upbeat emails went out this week to 4,000 students in the District, Maryland and Virginia who are on high alert for anything regarding their college applications. It seemed like great news:”Congratulations on your admission to UC Santa Cruz!”
“To celebrate your achievement and to provide an opportunity to learn more about UC Santa Cruz, you and your family are cordially invited to a special reception in the Virginia area on March 28th, 2016,” the emails continued.
But the students who received those invites Wednesday night were nonplussed. They had never even applied to the Northern California school that is home to one of the quirkiest mascots in America, the Banana Slugs...
The university said Thursday the emails were misfired after a regional admissions officer used a contact list of prospective students from the D.C. area for the invite instead of admitted students. The university sent out a correction Thursday afternoon.
“It is always embarrassing to have such mistakes occur, and I’m sure you wondered why you received the invitation when you haven’t even applied to our campus,” UC-Santa Cruz’s admissions director, Michael K. McCawley, wrote to the 4,000 non-applicants. “Each year I read about such things happening around the country and try to have protocols in place to ensure it won’t happen to our campus, but obviously those protocols were not followed last night...
We're not sure the legislature will be pleased about these easy out-of-state admissions. But apparently it's easy to come in: (Won't work on iPhone.)

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