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Last Friday afternoon at 4 p.m., Vassar College accidentally sent email acceptance congratulations to 76 early admission applicants. A few hours later, the school realized it had made a mistake and sent another message apologizing and telling students only 46 students were intended to be accepted. Yesterday, the president of the college offered to reimburse the student their $65 application fee.

The $65 hardly seems much of a consolation prize in the highly charged atmosphere of college admissions. Some parents are calling for the school to admit the students anyway, says The New York Times. One family is considering legal action.

(When I told the tale to a lawyer friend, he quipped, “Legal action. Really. What’s that suit? Were your civil rights denied?”)

Who would want to attend a school that didn’t really want you as a member?

 

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