According to the New York Times, Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health recently sent out acceptance emails to 277 prospective graduate students–except these students hadn’t actually been accepted into the school. About 75 minutes later, the School of Public Health’s admissions office sent out a follow-up email correcting their mistake. The accidental acceptance emails, they said, were sent out due to “human error.” Oops!
While this is frustrating for the prospective students involved, this sort of thing has happened before–as the Times explains, schools like Carnegie Mellon, Tulane, and Fordham have made similar mistakes in the past. We just hope whoever made said “human error” doesn’t get fired!