Last Friday, Vassar College in New York mistakenly sent out scores of incorrect letters telling prospective students that they had gained admission to the school.
Jeff Kosmacher, a spokesman for Vassar, explained the way a \”test letter\” that had been should have been a placeholder for that real admissions decision was not replaced before they were sent, writes Matt Flegenheimer in the New York Times.
122 students received the accidental letter, 76 of which were later told they actually have not gained a place at the college and also the letter was a mistake.
The mistake was blamed on a \”system error,\” Mr. Kosmacher said.
While some angered parents are requesting refunds of application fees, Kosmacher didn\’t let on that the school will be taking any measures beyond an apology.
As word spread among applicants, many used the site?College Confidential?to share their well-wishes and trepidation.
At 5:11 p.m. Friday, the very first panicked message hit the school Confidential message board:
\”Now it says I\’m declined??????\”
\”Accepted at 4, reject at 5,\” read another. \”I do not understand.\”
The parents of one student remarked that they were considering legal action after the debacle, citing the fact that these decisions should be binding.
Dylan Leggio, 17, a student at Somers Senior high school in Westchester County, was one such unlucky student to have been sent the wrong letter.
\”My mom called, like, my whole family,\”
\”It was just a big letdown.\”
The situation is reminiscent of another back in March last year, where the University of Delaware accidentally sent misguided congratulations to 61 applicants.
These types of errors have happened at University of California San Diego and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in recent years.
Some students are now being philosophical about the ordeal. Leggio posted on the College Confidential thread that, actually, he preferred a school in a city after all.
Kareen Troussard, a student in Paris, said the episode might have exposed a graver truth.
\”I wish to major in information technology,\” she said in an e-mail, \”and Vassar doesn\’t even know how to use a computer on the biggest day of our lives.\”