More than 100 applicants to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s pre-licensure nursing program received an email on Friday telling them they had been accepted into the program, only to later be told they were not accepted.
According to TAMUCC, all 252 applicants to the spring 2019 program received the acceptance email, but only 133 were actually accepted.
Official notice: Around 3:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, all 252 applicants to the spring 2019 pre-licensure nursing program…
In a release today, the university apologized, calling the emails “a horrible mistake that has caused confusion and distress to 119 applicants.”
The school said an administrative executive who had been tasked with sending the letters of acceptance incorrectly sorted the names in Microsoft Excel, resulting in the notification being sent to all 252 applicants.
The university says staff in TAMUCC’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences realized the error around 4:20 p.m. on Friday and emailed all applicants to notify them of the mistake. Corrected letters were sent to applicants by 7 p.m.
TAMUCC says it has implemented additional protocols to decrease the likelihood of a similar mistake occurring again.
The university says students not accepted into the program should meet with their faculty mentor or academic adviser to strengthen their admission package and then re-apply or seek an alternative academic program.