By Dillon Thomas

DENVER (CBS4) – A high school student in Aurora waiting to hear back from colleges says his family was one of those that received an erroneous email from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs this week implying he was accepted.

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Connor Ireland (credit: CBS)

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Connor Ireland is a senior at Vista PEAK Preparatory School. He told CBS4 he was pleased to learn on Thursday he had apparently been accepted to the school.

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The email from university said “Welcome to the UCCS Mountain Lion Family” and went on to provide resources for the parents of future students.

“I applied for UCCS and a couple other places. And UCCS was probably the main one, because I love Colorado Springs to begin with,” Ireland said.

Then, after a few hours, Ireland learned he had not been accepted. At least not yet.

“My mom texted me, and said it was a mess up,” Ireland said.

The emails went out accidentally to more than 11,000 people. In addition to applicants like Ireland who are still waiting for the final word on acceptance, the university confirmed they also went to more than 500 people who had already been denied acceptance to the college.

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Ireland said the mistake was confusing.

“It’s like a rollercoaster ride of emotions,” he said.

The university said they believed the error was a result of their process of filing emails into their system.

“That’s a big hiccup,” Ireland said.

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Mathew Cox (credit: CBS)

Senior Executive Director of Enrollment Mathew Cox said “we obviously regret the miscommunication.”

Dillon Thomas is a reporter at CBS4 and a Colorado native. He believes everyone has a story, and would love to share yours! You can find more of his stories by following him on Twitter, @DillonMThomas.

Comments (17)
  1. Vox Veritas says:

    This is your mass email merge on cannabis.

  2. Welcome to real life, snowflakes. How many of these millenial crybabies will be “triggered” so much so, that they must seek a “safe space” and sue the university?

    1. You sound triggered bro, seek psychological help

  3. Ron Buchner says:

    If you’re upset you didn’t get in to this place, you’ve got bigger problems.

  4. “Tech is cut throat, there’s always someone trying to outdo your work to make a name for themselves.” – Said one Technician in Emergency Management Office for State of Hawaii.

  5. Colorado Springs use to be a nice place. Then liberals from California took over the place. Somewhat like Austin Texas where I grew up. Wouldn’t live there if you paid me since it’s gone California liberal.

  6. The only school in Colorado Springs you should be trying to get into, or should be upset about not being accepted to, is USAF Academy.

  7. Just smoke another bowl and you’ll wonder why you even bothered with wanting to go to college.

  8. CNN is conducting a town hall for triggered recipients.

  9. Connor, you would have been singled out for your White Privilege and forced to wear a gold “WP” armband to signify it.

  10. possibly the college admissions have eaten and smoked an overdose of the legal cannabis

  11. If they can’t get acceptance letters correct, their degrees probably don’t mean much!

  12. Jim Williams says:

    Possible motto for the Alumni Association: “Hey, it’s not just our new graduates who are doped up on weed… so is the administration”.

  13. snailmailtrucker says:

    Y’all might want Re-Consider applying there !

    Just sayin’

  14. Andy Howe says:

    And this is higher education? Perhaps a different definition of “higher” than normal?

  15. hbobh3415 says:

    A simple Gov. Hickenlooper scam .

  16. Ellen Porter says:

    Just watched this on KCSBS Los Angeles. Nowadays, I don’t live too far from Riverside, California, but in 1980 when I was a senior in high school I lived quite a bit farther. I was perplexed to receive a letter the fall of my senior year telling me I had been accepted to University of California Riverside. I had never applied there, and it didn’t have my intended major. How could this be? A few days later I received another letter saying they made a mistake, they had intended to send me a letter asking me to consider applying to UCR.

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