Kellogg "Glitch" Results in 50 Disappointed Applicants

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on December 18, 2008

About 50 applicants to Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management must have thought they received an early Christmas present when they received an email recently informing them that they had been accepted to the prestigious business school.

As it turns out, though, the applicants had not been accepted. In fact, they were rejected, as the Chicago Tribune reports. Most found out about the snafu when they logged on to the Kellogg web site to check their application status.


Northwestern officials, speaking to the Trib, blamed the error on a "technological glitch" involving the school's automated mail-merge process. The mistake affected less than 1 percent of all Kellogg applicants for this admissions cycle, but that's small consolation to those who had their hopes dashed.

One "accepted" applicant enjoyed a celebratory dinner on Monday, but on Tuesday morning he logged on to the Kellogg web site, and well you know the rest. "It's like you won the lottery and had the rug pulled out from under you."

Anybody other Kellogg admits out there who suddenly found themselves out in the cold? Share your might ease the pain.

Reader Comments


January 22, 2009 1:19 PM

Do they have any legal recourse? :-)


January 28, 2009 1:55 AM

I was one of them. It was rather unpleasant to say the least. I doubt there is any legal recourse, unless there were damages (ie. gave notice to current job). Out of embarrasment, they refunded my app fee. I hope I get in to some of the other programs I applied to... and this can all be a joke someday. Til then, its just a sad reality.

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