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RandySF

(61,414 posts)
Thu Feb 13, 2014, 01:29 AM Feb 2014

MIT Mistakenly Tells Some Applicants They’ve Been Admitted

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology sent an e-mail to prospective students, erroneously telling them in a line at the bottom that they had been admitted.

The university doesn’t know how many people received the e-mail, although the number who noticed the line was probably “very small,” Chris Peterson, an admissions officer at the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based school, said on the admission department’s blog last week.

The mix-up happened when MIT combined two separate lists for an electronic mailing about financial aid. At the bottom was a footer that said “You are on this list because you are admitted to MIT,” according to Peterson. By merging the lists in a program called MailChimp, admissions officers mistakenly imported the footer from a list of students accepted under early admissions.

The note at the bottom was supposed to say “You are receiving this e-mail because you applied to MIT and we sometimes have to tell you things about stuff,” according to the blog.

Such mistakes are occurring more often across the country as university and college admissions offices rely more on electronic communication with prospective students.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-12/mit-mistakenly-tells-prospective-students-they-ve-been-admitted.html

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MIT Mistakenly Tells Some Applicants They’ve Been Admitted (Original Post) RandySF Feb 2014 OP
is there any law about whether they have to take the students if they do that ? JI7 Feb 2014 #1
Contract law may allow for collection for damages exboyfil Feb 2014 #6
That's Massachusetts Institute of TECHNOLOGY, elleng Feb 2014 #2
"Oh ... um ... " lpbk2713 Feb 2014 #3
Peter Sellers Turbineguy Feb 2014 #4
Birdie Num Num! longship Feb 2014 #8
They used a program named after George W. Bush? jmowreader Feb 2014 #5
Look, computers are really complicated MannyGoldstein Feb 2014 #7

exboyfil

(17,880 posts)
6. Contract law may allow for collection for damages
Thu Feb 13, 2014, 01:42 AM
Feb 2014

if the students acted on the information (such as withdrawing form consideration by other colleges or even turning down admission). I think it would be a pretty hard case to prove though. It speaks more to the credibility of the institution (yes I know it is MIT) to rescind an offer which is made.

jmowreader

(50,705 posts)
5. They used a program named after George W. Bush?
Thu Feb 13, 2014, 01:38 AM
Feb 2014

What the hell did they think was going to happen?

I have to know: MIT is one of the most prestigious universities in America. It's where the cream of the crop go - our next generation of geniuses. Is "we sometimes have to tell you things about stuff" the best way to address them?

 

MannyGoldstein

(34,589 posts)
7. Look, computers are really complicated
Thu Feb 13, 2014, 01:42 AM
Feb 2014

It's really hard to figure some stuff out. Let's not blame MIT so quickly.

Regards,

Media-Lab Manny

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