The Ivy Coach Daily

April 25, 2015

Shame on Drexel University

Drexel’s admissions office should have been more diligent (photo credit: Sebastian Weigand).

Shame on Drexel University! Every. Single. Year. With not one exception we can think of. Every single year a college admissions office messes up big time by sending out offers of admission to students they had no intention of admitting (hi, Johns Hopkins University!). It’s a problem we repeatedly fail to understand. These colleges should do their due diligence. They have plenty of time to get their affairs in order. It’s not that complicated to send out offers of admission to those who’ve earned admission, waitlist offers to those somewhere in between, and rejection notes to those who didn’t make the cut. Drexel University, you thought you escaped our attention. You didn’t. You got caught with your hand in the cookie jar. Who’s got their hand in the cookie jar? Drexel’s got their hand in the cookie jar. No cookies for you, Drexel!

According to a “US News & World Report” article on the mistake by Drexel University, “Hundreds of students who received acceptance letters from Drexel University in Philadelphia are now being told they were sent by mistake. WTXF-TV reports Drexel University mailed the letters to nearly 500 people who had already been denied admission or had incomplete applications. Tearra Bookard tells the station she received her acceptance letter three weeks after she was denied admission. The 17-year-old high school senior from West Philadelphia says she told friends and family about the good news only to receive an email seven hours later notifying her of the mistake. This isn’t the first time Drexel has gotten applicants’ hopes up. In 1994, the university mistakenly sent early acceptance letters to 25 students. The university called the students back to tell them of the mistake.”

It wasn’t even the first time that Drexel has made an egregious mistake like this! Oy vey. It’s just not right. The college admissions process is stressful enough. Colleges don’t need to make it any more stressful by offering admission one minute and rescinding it the next. Be more diligent! Aim higher, Drexel. Shame on Drexel for dashing the dreams of nearly 500 high school students they had previously offered admission to. It’s just not right and we’re going to let the world know that Drexel’s hand is stuck in the cookie jar. And it’s not getting that Snickerdoodle cookie. No way.

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