<p>While I'd fight and say accept all 76 of those kids, that really isn't possible, so I'd suggest deferring them to regular decision, even if they were 100% rejected the first time.</p>
<p>No. They don't deserve to be admitted nor do they deserve any monetary compensation in my opinion. Vassar already had those students rejected; it's not like Vassar originally admitted those students and than changed their mind on those applicants. Why should they be admitted simply because Vassar made a mistake? And what good would deferring them to RD possibly do? It's widely regarded that ED gives a slight edge in almost all cases; those students would know they have 0 chance of getting admitted RD after already being rejected.</p>
<p>Meh, there's nothing that can be done at all to reconcile the situation. If they let the kids in, they're gonna feel like they were never really wanted (which is true). The only thing that can be done is for all colleges to solidify their system of letters to make sure nothing like this and the other similar event last year ever happen again.</p>
<p>To argue on behalf of the false acceptances, it's a very emotional moment when one gets accepted to his or her dream college. For those of whom Vassar was a reach, it would be one of the most notable days of their life. Nothing is as painful as discovering that the acceptance was a mistake. Crushed happiness is worse than complacency. I think they deserve some compensation because it was a pretty bad mistake to make. Not an acceptance but vassar clothing or something.</p>
Not an acceptance but vassar clothing or something.
<p>That's probably the last thing they want right now.</p>
<p>I was thinking that, but hey the comfort of the material should compensate.</p>
<p>I don't think they should be accepted, but returning their application fees would be polite of Vassar.</p>
<p>It was ED though... What if they already missed other deadlines or withdrew other applications? If ED is a binding agreement for the applicant, it should go both ways and be the same for the school, sorry.</p>
It was ED though... What if they already missed other deadlines or withdrew other applications? If ED is a binding agreement for the applicant, it should go both ways and be the same for the school, sorry.
It was EDII so they would have probably submitted their RD applications.</p>
Pretty much sums it up.</p>
<p>It really sucks for them, and I would be devastated if that were to happen to me. At the same time, Vassar shouldn't and couldn't admit them. I see no link between this situation and what would justify monetary compensation - on the other hand, a personalized note of apology would, I'm sure, be appreciated.</p>
<p>I concur with Shimmer... Even though it was EDII, the school screwed up really badly and the students should be compensated in some way (and in some way I mean seriously just give them the stupid application fees back or something. $4,600 is really nothing to a college like Vassar.).</p>
<p>They should not be admitted as compensation for the wrongly sent email.
However, a phone call from a Vassar school official to the 76 students to apologize for the mistake would be honorable.
Not going to happen, tho.</p>
<p>^ A poster in the Vassar thread in the Parents forum said he/she received a phone call from Vassar. That is the best thing Vassar should do, personally apologizing to each of those students for the mistake.</p>
<p>I don't know if this is the case, but if they already withdrew their other applications with the idea that they had been accepted to Vassar, then they definetely have an argument for acceptance or compensation. At least something more than a pat on the back and a "my bad".</p>
<p>^ Vassar 1) apologized, 2) refunded their money, and 3) promised to help those who had withdrawn from other schools by explaining the situation to those colleges. (I sincerely doubt anyone did, though, since Vassar corrected their mistake a mere hour after making it.) There's nothing else they can or should do.</p>
<p>Yea they did pretty much everything, but they still deserve negative attention for having incompetent admission counselors and computers.</p>