UO sends mistaken admissions emails, becomes subject of Twitter jokes

In an apparent mix up, University of Oregon Admissions sent a round of emails Tuesday afternoon congratulating people who didn’t apply to the school on their acceptance to UO. The emails read, “Dear xxx: Congratulations on your acceptance to University of Oregon! May 1 is just days away and we …

In an apparent mix up, University of Oregon Admissions sent a round of emails Tuesday afternoon congratulating people who didn’t apply to the school on their acceptance to UO.

The emails read, “Dear xxx: Congratulations on your acceptance to University of Oregon! May 1 is just days away and we hope we’ll be seeing you commit to becoming a Duck…”

People began tagging the school’s Twitter account with screenshots of the email, including a few graduates from rival schools Washington and Oregon State. UO’s social media team took the mistake in stride and responded with some gifs: 

Things could have been much worse. Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and others have recently sent acceptance letters to students who were supposed to be denied, then walked back the acceptances. Time Magazine has a detailed history of college admissions notification blunders here. 

Twitter user @melisa_u_ , a UC Davis Grad, wanted to know if the mistaken offer was still good, but it looks like she’ll have to wait and apply next year if she wants to head back to school. She applied to UO in 2009 and tweeted, “when you get accepted 8 years after sending in your college application [laughing emoji].”

UO responded to seven twitter users total. A few others tweeted about the issue without tagging the school, and it’s unclear how many people total received the mistaken emails.  A university spokesman is looking into the issue, and this post will be updated if any more details become available.

On the bright side for the admissions office, it doesn’t sound like anyone is getting fired.

You can check out more of the tweets below.


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