An e-mail sent out by UCSD this week mistakenly invited everyone who had applied to the La Jolla campus to an orientation – even those whose applications had been rejected.
“We're thrilled that you've been admitted to UC San Diego, and we're showcasing our beautiful campus on Admit Day,” said the e-mail sent around 5 p.m. Monday.
Janet Robinson said her daughter, Katie McCray, a senior at La Costa Canyon High School, received a rejection from UCSD two weeks ago and was confused by the Admit Day e-mail invitation.
Her daughter has since been accepted by several other universities, including UC Berkeley. But the process has been “a roller coaster.”
“It is adding insult to injury for kids who have already been through the ringer. That's the sad part of it,” Robinson said.
Brown said every admissions officer on campus is staffing phones Tuesday to take calls from applicants and their parents. She said she stayed at her office until midnight Monday replying to e-mails and phone messages left about the brouhaha.
Some parents have complained that the mistake has hit hard for students already feeling emotional over the college application process.
“They are deeply concerned that we have been insensitive in that we already denied this student and then sent them a notice inviting them to Admit Day. They are upset that happened, and rightly so,” Brown said.
When asked if anyone has been disciplined for the mistake, Brown said the university was undertaking a complete review of the process.
The incompetent encounter the easily traumatized. Hilarity ensues.