University of South Florida St. Petersburg says error led to 430 mistaken admissions

Posted at 8:34 AM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 08:34:57-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida college it mistakenly sent out more than 400 acceptance letters for applications still under review.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the University of South Florida St. Petersburg on Saturday sent hundreds of acceptance letters that were quickly revoked. Applicants say their excitement died shortly after they got a second email that day that said, "There was an error in the system. Please disregard the previous email."

Chancellor Martin Tadlock said "human error" caused 680 acceptance emails to be sent out when only 250 applicants were actually admitted.

University spokeswoman Carrie O'Brion says the school is working to contact each applicant who received the erroneous acceptance letter to "discuss possible pathways" for future admission. Tadlock says the university's rolling admissions means that affected students could be accepted later.