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Over 1000 elementary kids get college recruitment letter by mistake

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The University of Iowa has been increasing they're recruiting efforts over the past year, but this week it seemed like they were recruiting kids very early.

Imagine you're in elementary school and you open a college recruitment letter, asking you to tour the campus and apply for admission, well that may have been a reality for more than one-thousand kids because of an error.

"Well obviously these students received the letters too early, but eventually we do hope that they do consider coming to the University of Iowa," said UI spokesperson, Tom Moore.

Moore says the mistake actually happened with an error in the coding system. He says it automatically registered 1,049 elementary-aged students in first through sixth grades, as seniors in high school.

UI workers uploaded an excel file of wildlife camp participants on December 8 to the schools prospective student file.

He says about 2/3 of the participants didn't have year in school or any indication of age, the system added 2015 by default, and they were picked up as seniors who had applied.

Moore says when the university does mailings, staff always spot checks the data to make sure the correct people were pulled and meet the criteria.

However, the elementary students did because the system put 2015 as a default graduation year .

"We were sending out letters to high school seniors. They were accidentally coded as being seniors and their graduation year was 2015," said Moore.

Moore says they are in the process removing the elementary students from their Prospective student file.


He says officials first noticed the mistake after receiving several calls and e-mails from parents caught off guard.

    

Moore says the school apologizes for the mistake.  



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