- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Johns Hopkins University has apologized after mistakenly sending “Embrace the YES!” acceptance letters to 293 rejected applicants.

The students had already received rejection letters from the prestigious Baltimore university but then received “Welcome” emails last week urging them to visit the school store and show their “Blue Jay pride,” The Washington Post reported.

David Phillips, vice provost for admissions and financial aid at Hopkins, explained Tuesday that someone who works for a contractor that helps Hopkins with electronic communications pulled the wrong list of e-mail addresses, The Post reported.

“We apologize to the students affected and to their families,” Mr. Phillips said. “Admissions decision days are stressful enough. We very much regret having added to the disappointment felt by a group of very capable and hardworking students, especially ones who were so committed to the idea of attending Johns Hopkins that they applied early decision.”

Cathy Stephenson, whose son received the wrong letter, said he is outraged the university didn’t make a personal phone call to apologize.

“You don’t crush somebody’s feelings twice,” she told The Post. “When I make a mistake, I do the right thing.”

Mr. Phillips said the school did not make such calls because it did not want to draw more attention to the already sensitive issue.

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