Ben Leibowitz called up relatives to tell them he got into Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious graduate computer science program. He even went out to dinner with his parents to celebrate.
Then he got a second email saying he hadn’t been accepted after all.
About 800 other Carnegie Mellon applicants experienced similar swings of ecstasy and agony Monday – first rejoicing that the Pittsburgh institution had selected them for its master of science in computer science, then being told the acceptances were sent in error and that they had been rejected.
“It was brutal. I didn’t get much sleep last night,” Leibowitz, of Stamford, Connecticut, said Tuesday. “Now I have to clean up the mess. I’m calling all my relatives, I’m going, ‘I’m sorry it’s not happening.'”
Carnegie Mellon spokesman Kenneth Walters said the “Welcome to Carnegie Mellon!” messages were the result of “serious mistakes” in the university’s process for generating acceptance letters and that it would conduct a review to prevent another error.