Vassar Applicants Learn About Acceptance and Rejection the Hard Way

vassar150 Vassar Applicants Learn About Acceptance and Rejection the Hard Way
From Vassar’s sesquicentennial celebration

Vassar College recently ruined the weekends of applicants around the world–by sending out more than 70 mistaken acceptance letters to students who had applied for early decision admission. Students from Singapore, Tunisia and the U.S. all went through something of a roller coaster ride due to a basic clerical error:

Jeff Kosmacher, a spokesman for Vassar, said on Saturday that a “test letter” that had been intended as a placeholder for the real admissions decision had not been replaced before students checked their application statuses online. The error was discovered around 4:30 p.m., he said.

By the time the error was found more than 100 students–some who had actually been admitted–had seen it and they didn’t take Vassar’s excuse of a system error very well at all. After all, as student Dylan Leggio told the New York Times, his “mom called, like, my entire family.” A call she would have to rescind due to Vassar’s error.

The college has told the irate and rejected that they can contact the Admissions Office on Monday. If you answer the phones for Vassar’s Admissions Office, Monday might be a good day to come down with the flu.



  1. N Connery says:

    I think that the students that were mistakenly “admitted” to this, or any, college, should sue the school to make them honor their offers. No school should have the right to rescind an offer once it has been made, whatever the circumstances. The school made the mistake, now they should have to live with it. The school should be made to expand their allowable entering class by the number of students that were mistakenly admitted, so that no “actual” admitted students (ie those that would have been admitted anyway) would be harmed, but to rescind any offer of admission is unethical. If those mistakenly admitted later fail out, then so be it, but they must now be given the chance to attend.

    1. Grow Up says:

      actually, all schools reserve the right to rescind an offer. it generally happens for disciplinary reasons or due to decreased performance in the final semester. further, they weren’t mistakenly admitted. They received the wrong letter. They never actually got in. Plus, do you know the effects off adding an additional 76 students to a small school like vassar? where are they going to house those kids? Enrolling in classes is already competitive enough without a larger class size. Stop whining. Rescinding an offer happens all the time, and while this case was particularly damaging due to a mistake, the college is not required to accept students they never actually accepted.