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Nearly 900 students wrongly told they got into UCLA

Welcome to the Bruin Family -- or not.

UCLA is apologizing for mistakenly telling 894 high school seniors that they were admitted to the highly competitive school when they were actually still on the waiting list.


The Los Angeles Times reports that the school sent an email about financial aid awards last weekend to the students. The email included a line congratulating them on being admitted.

When the school found out about the mistake, it sent messages on Monday telling the 894 that they were on the waiting list for admission, The Times reported. The note also included an apology.

UCLA spokesman Ricardo Vazquez attributed the mix-up to human error, telling the newspaper:

“We realize this is a particularly anxious and stressful time for students and their families as they try to make decisions about college admissions. We sincerely apologize for this mistake that may have led some of them to think they were admitted when they remain on the waiting lists."

Vazquez said updated notices of provisional financial aid were sent Saturday and Sunday to thousands of admitted students, but mistakenly went out to waiting-list students as well. The notice included the line: "Once again congratulations on your admission to UCLA, we hope that this information will assist you in making your decision to join the Bruin Family in the fall."

Kathy Lam, a high school senior from Elk Grove, Calif., was among the applicants who received the “acceptance” notice, only to be told she hadn’t made it in yet.

"It had been my first choice for a while," Lam told ktla.com. "I just kind of gave up hope when I found out I was on the waiting list."

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