By Heather Farrell
Approximately 800 prospective students were sent an acceptance email from Carnegie Mellon University on Monday, February 16th. Those same students later received another email informing them that there was a glitch in the system and that they were actually rejected.
The acceptance was to Carnegie Mellon’s Master of Science in Computer Science program. It is a prestigious program that is currently tied in the number one spot with Stanford, MIT, and the University of California at Berkeley in U.S. News and World Report rankings.
Ben Leibowitz from Stamford, Connecticut is one of the accepted-then-rejected students. On Monday, he and his family went out to dinner to celebrate his acceptance. “It was brutal. Now I have to clean up the mess,” Leibowitz said. “I’m calling all my relatives, I’m going, ‘I’m sorry, it’s not happening.’ ”
A young woman from Indiana quit her job and her boyfriend proposed to her with the excitement of acceptance. Now, she doesn’t know what she should do.
The admissions department at Carnegie Mellon apologized and said in a statement, “we understand the disappointment created by this mistake, and deeply apologize to the applicants for this miscommunication.”
Carnegie Mellon is not the only school to have an admissions blunder. John Hopkins, MIT, and UCLA have mistakenly accepted students in past years.