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The University of California at Santa Cruz sent out 4,000 emails to students congratulating them on admission this past week. However, these students had never applied to the school.

On Thursday, the university sent out a correction. Officials stated that a regional admissions officer accidentally emailed the wrong group of students from the D.C. area. Rather than sending the message to a list of admitted students, they sent it to prospective students.

According to The Washington Post, the emails invited applicants from the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area to a special reception in order to learn more about the university.

This incident is just one in a string of accidental college admissions emails in the past few years. Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California at San Diego have all sent messages promising admissions to students they meant to reject.

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