Rejected, then Accepted, then Rejected again

<p>I'm new here and this is my first post; greetings!</p>

<p>Anyhow, I applied to a PhD that I really wanted to get in to. I heard back from the Director in March that my application for admissions was rejected.</p>

<p>On Friday, I get a big envelope that says, "Congratulations" on the cover with a welcome letter from the Dean and other important items inside.</p>

<p>As you can imagine, this was very exciting, yet confusing. I phoned down to the director, but heard nothing all weekend. I sent an email and heard back today in two lines, "That was a mistake, sorry, we'll contact the graduate school immediately".</p>

<p>Well, as you can imagine, I felt defeated. I wrote back a respectful email expressing my disappointment but I also wanted to know how a mistake like this was possible. </p>

<p>I'm wondering, has anyone ever had something like this happen to them?</p>

<p>Oh my gosh - how awful. Sorry that happened to you.</p>

<p>I know it has happened at the undegrad level. Last year a school (can't remember which one) sent out a couple of thousand acceptances to students that were not acepted at all. Very painful.</p>

<p>Ah, computerized systems. Gotta love 'em. One little click on the wrong form and people's emotions get tossed around like a wayward badminton birdie.</p>

<p>I've never had this happen to me, but I have experienced the glitches of adminstrative systems. A few weeks ago something went haywire with the computers in the Chem department and everyone enrolled in Organic II got an email saying they were going to fail because they hadn't taken any of the exams...panic naturally ensued.</p>

<p>They owe you a free coffee mug.</p>

<p>I was waitlisted, accepted and then rejected from Weill Cornell. I wrote the dean of the grad school an angry but polite letter asking for my application fee back, and that he and the individual programs work together to implement a system that would prevent this from happening again.</p>

<p>Sorry to hear that this happenned.</p>

<p>That's absolutely horrible. (Sorry to hear about your situation too, aldo003b.) Well, after we finish cursing the administration....let's at least learn from this all future application experiences, take all rejections/acceptances with a grain of salt! Always call to confirm! (I've never had this happen to me...but you bet I will never "trust" an acceptance letter sans phone call!)</p>

<p>Wow, these things actually happen...</p>

<p>I feel bad for you and Aldo. But at the very least, you didn't say no to your other offers before finding this out. That would have been horrible.</p>

<p>That is very unfortunate. I think all of my acceptances came by e-mail from the head of the program (or the administrative assistant) usually with some kind of personal congratulations involved. I guess I am saying I would tend to trust those more than a packet in the mail after a rejection e-mail.</p>

<p>And not to stray too far off point, but tkm wins the prize for best simile and use of the word wayward I have seen in a while.:)</p>

One little click on the wrong form and people's emotions get tossed around like a wayward badminton birdie.


<p>@swimscatsmom- that was Yale.</p>

<p>to the OP, it's been happening a lot this year- a lot of peopl on the LiveJournal community had similar situation. So don't worry, you weren't the only victim of the computerized system. I've e-mailed professors once I got my decisions to confirm that it was true (more like... why was I not accepted/Oh just wanted to let you know I'm going to School X for MA...)</p>

<p>O my gosh that's so awefull !!! Sorry that happened to you.</p>

<p>that is very unprofessional. the administration should really refund application fees in cases like this.</p>