A technological glitch as well as human error caused the Office of Financial Aid to mistakenly send congratulatory e-mails earlier this month to 25 prospective students who had already been rejected by the Office of Admissions, a University official said yesterday.
The message read: “Congratulations on your acceptance to Cornell University! Our records indicate your financial aid application is currently incomplete.”
Students who received the e-mail said they were confused, disappointed and outraged.
“It gave me false hope that maybe somewhere along the line there was a mistake, but it just made the disappointment even harsher,” said Samantha Lo, who was affected by the e-mail mishap. “I had just begun to forget about my [rejection] when this came along.”