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Florida college says error led to 430 mistaken admissions

2 years 10 months 1 week ago Wednesday, January 23 2019 Jan 23, 2019 January 23, 2019 7:41 AM January 23, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: Tampa Bay Times

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Florida college says it mistakenly sent out more than 400 acceptance letters for applications still under review.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the University of South Florida St. Petersburg on Saturday sent hundreds of acceptance letters that were quickly revoked. Applicants say their excitement died shortly after they got a second email that day that said, "There was an error in the system. Please disregard the previous email."

Chancellor Martin Tadlock said "human error" caused 680 acceptance emails to be sent out when only 250 applicants were actually admitted. University spokeswoman Carrie O'Brion says the school is working to contact each applicant who received the erroneous acceptance letter to "discuss possible pathways" for future admission.

Tadlock says the university's rolling admissions means that affected students could be accepted later.

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