U.C. Irvine Rescinds Acceptances for Hundreds of Applicants

“I tried calling the Admissions office all day today because I saw the message yesterday after work,” one applicant wrote. “I called and was on hold for 40 minutes then I called 50 more times after work. No answer. I have sent out three emails and no response.”

Another wrote, “I don’t know whether to send in another transcript VIA mail or I can actually do it in person I would literally Drive 3 hours to Irvine to give them another transcript but I don’t know if that’s allowed or if they will accept it.”

A third took the university to task for its admissions process: “I would also like to ask admin to please be more organized when processing these paperwork so that this scenario does not happen again in the future.”

The students’ situation is hardly unique; horror stories of revoked acceptances surface with some regularity. It happened at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 2017, at Tulane University in 2016, and at Carnegie Mellon University in 2015, among others.

The University of California system previously had a major problem when about 28,000 students received acceptance letters to U.C. San Diego in error in 2009.

In those cases, however, the mix-up seemed to have stemmed from administrative mistakes or technological glitches. At U.C. Irvine this year, both the acceptance letters and the rescinded offers were sent on purpose.

The reason: Too many of the approximately 31,000 students who received acceptance letters said they would attend. The university had to trim the list.

About 7,100 freshmen were accepted and planned to register at the university this fall, approximately 850 more than the university had planned for, The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.

It trimmed its list in accordance with normal policies, according to a statement from Thomas Parham, the university’s vice chancellor for student affairs.

“Acceptance into all University of California campuses is provisional, contingent on meeting the contractual terms and conditions that were clearly outlined in your original admissions offer,” said the statement, which was dated Friday and addressed to applicants.

Those terms and conditions required that students maintain acceptable grades through their senior year of high school and turn in all of the required transcripts and test scores on time. This year, the statement said, the school applied its policy more stringently than it had in the past.

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