Carnegie Mellon University is one of the most prestigious schools in the country, especially when it comes to engineering and computer science. So when around 800 applicants to the school’s computer science master’s program learned they’d been accepted, they were certainly ecstatic. However, their excitement was short-lived.
Within hours of sending out the acceptance letters via email, in what is a huge dick move, the university retracted them. Think about it. How much does that have to suck? You’re celebrating your acceptance, you see a notification on your phone that you have a new email from Carnegie Mellon, and you check it. It’s probably something for newly accepted students, right? Wrong.
One of the applicants learned about his rejection after going out to what I can only assume was a very joyous dinner with his family. They probably went out for steak. Hell, maybe they had some surf and turf. Maybe they finished it off with a drink or two in honor of their loved one’s achievement. I can only imagine the awkward conversation the guy had to have with his parents later that night: “Hey, Dad. Yeah, about that whole grad school thing. I think I’m just going to head out West for a little bit. Find myself for a while or something.”
The school says that the emails were caused by “serious mistakes” in the automated process it uses for creating and sending acceptance letters. I don’t know about you, but it seems that the school could use a few talented people with a knack for computers to fix that issue..
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