Johns Hopkins welcomed the wrong students, sending 300 applicants — who were previously rejected or deferred during the early application process — welcome letters. According to Fox News, several students received the wrong email due to human error. As you can imagine, the majority of those students had a wide range of emotions that day. While most of them had already accepted the fact that they didn’t get into that college, receiving a welcome email gave them hope — perhaps there was a mistake, or maybe the school had changed its decision.
“The students had applied early decision to the prestigious Baltimore university. Of the 294 applicants who received an erroneous message, 285 had actually been denied admission and nine had received deferrals,” reports Fox News.
Once the students found out what actually happened, that emotional high became an emotional low.
Johns Hopkins admitted they welcomed the wrong students, and sent out a subsequent email apologizing for the mistake. According to the Washington Post, the “wrong” students received the email, the subject of which read “Embrace the YES!” One student, Sam Stephenson, 17, said that the email confused him. And he was quite surprised to read it on a Sunday afternoon.
“Dear Samuel, Welcome to the Class of 2019! We can’t wait for you to get to campus. Until then, as one of the newest members of the family, we hope you’ll show your Blue Jay pride.”
Josh Hopkins then sent out a follow-up message.
“The decision posted on the decision site reflects the accurate result of your Early Decision application. We regret this technical mistake and any confusion it may have caused.”
Parents of the affected students aren’t happy with the school, and some believe that a personal phone call should have been made to every student that received the wrong email.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, something similar to this has happened before. Back in 2012, Vassar College accidentally accepted 76 rejected applicants. You can probably imagine just how frustrated those students were, when they learned that they had been sent an acceptance letter by mistake.
“Seventy-six early-decision applicants doomed for rejection saw a not-so-legitimate acceptance letter when checking their application statuses online over the weekend. This placeholder “test letter” was not taken down and was seen by tons of students between 4pm and 4:30pm. An additional 46 students who had actually been accepted also saw the letter.”
[Photo courtesy of Patrick Semansky/AP via the Washington Post]