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230 Students Receive Acceptance Letters by Mistake

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Minnesota State University Moorhead is playing damage control after sending more than 200 acceptance letters to students that were not supposed to get them. 

The university noticed its data for fall enrollment was not adding up and when officials found out why, they sent another letter to the students saying they were not accepted.

MN State Marketing & Communications Executive Director David Wahlberg says, "We didn't follow our processes as we should've, and we know that some people have been hurt by this in a very real manner."

For many high school seniors, it is a dream to heading to the mail box and find a college acceptance letter.

"I was very excited. I was happy I know that I was making the next step in my life," Jeremy Abrahamson says.

What most, including Abrahamson, would never expect is another letter saying they were not accepted.

He says, "I'm originally from back in Wisconsin. There's a few schools I applied there and got accepted, but I didn't wanna go to a school there."

MSUM sent the original acceptance letters to 232 students that did not qualify for automatic admission based on admission standards like GPA and standardized testing.

"What should've happened was they should've been referred to an individual review committee," says Wahlberg.

In that individual review committee, they have the chance to appeal for why they should be admitted. Instead, a second letter was sent saying there was a mistake.

Wahlberg says, "We were balancing our need to get back to these people as soon as possible."

Now, after further discussion, the university hopes to make amends.

"What we're going to do is offer to admit them if they agree to participate in an academic success program."

The program will give students access to things like academic counseling since they did not meet the automatic requirements; tools the university says will help them be successful if they choose to enroll.

The university is sending out a third letter and calling the students to inform them of this new option. Officials say they are reviewing their internal processes to make sure a major mistake like this doesn't happen again.

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