There is an article in today's LA Times about students sharing their admissions notifications on Facebook and other social networks. It describes a student who was accepted early decision at Pomona and who also received an acceptance from Occidental last week. Occidental is the dream school of one of the student's friends, and the article says:
"As of Sunday, she hadn't heard how her friend had fared and was nervous about being perceived as getting her slot."
The student certainly took away someone's space, not to mention violated Pomona's policy which requires that students admitted through early decision agree to withdraw all other applications and not initiate new ones.
This student has good reason to be nervous for another reason -- because Pomona has cause to rescind the acceptance.
How common is this and why do students do this? Ignorance? Bad advice? Ego? Do students not understand what the agreement means, or do they understand and just not care?
College applications now an open (Face)book - Los Angeles Times
(My post assumes the article is accurate and that the student did not withdraw the app from Occidental. This is one time I hope an article is inaccurate or missing a detail.)