The University of California at San Diego inadvertently sent an acceptance eMail message to all 28,000 students it had rejected, raising their hopes only to dash them again in a particularly cruel twist on the perils of instant communications in the Internet Age, reports the Los Angeles Times. UCSD admissions director Mae Brown called the snafu an "administrative error" but refused to say whether the mistake was made by one or more members of her staff or by a contractor, or if those responsible would be disciplined. The message, which began, "We’re thrilled that you’ve been admitted to UC San Diego, and we’re showcasing our beautiful campus on Admit Day," was sent to the entire freshman applicant pool of more than 46,000 students, instead of just the 18,000 who had been admitted, Brown said. The error was discovered almost immediately by her staff, which sent an apology within hours. Schools such as Cornell University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Northwestern University’s prestigious Kellogg School of Management have made similar admission notification blunders in the last five years, but UCSD’s mistake was by far the biggest. Barmak Nassirian, associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, said colleges are concerned about the dangers of eMail notifications but believe the benefits outweigh the risks. "This is a source of constant worry at colleges. They use extremely sophisticated systems of communication … for all kinds of high-stake business, and bad things can happen all the way," he said…

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