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UT Arlington fumbled freshman admissions

THE EDITORIAL BOARD

The UTA tower.
The UTA tower. Star-Telegram archives

Few things are worse for a prospective student than being denied admission to the school of his or her dreams, except perhaps when it happens twice.

That’s essentially what transpired when 247 applicants seeking to attend the University of Texas at Arlington this fall were told there was no room.

The students were among a group of about 650 who selected UTA through the Coordinated Admission Program, which helps the system’s Austin flagship to temporarily redistribute freshmen whom the main campus cannot immediately accommodate.

In May, just under half of the would-be Longhorns were told by UTA that their offers of admission had been withdrawn for lack of space.

But that limit was never communicated to Austin, which is responsible for directing students to alternative campuses. The students who were denied admission had missed a payment deadline.

Indeed, had students known about the limit, many would not have considered UTA.

UTA now says it will make room for all those previously rejected who notify the school by June 17 thaat they intend to enroll in the fall.

It’s probably too late for many students. They’ve made other plans.

It certainly will dampen their interest in being and maybe staying a Maverick.

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