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Welcome to MIT? Not so fast

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For many MIT applicants, it seemed their prayers had been answered. At the end of an otherwise mundane mass e-mail from the college about financial aid came these magical words: “You are on this list because you are admitted to MIT!”

Problem was, it wasn’t true—not yet, at least.

MIT said it blundered. In consolidating e-mail lists, it accidently caused the bottom part of a message aimed for applicants to be overwritten with a portion intended for students already accepted under via early action.

It was not immediately clear how many students received the message in error. But the gaffe prompted an apology from MIT’s admissions office to those seeking a coveted spot in the Class of 2018.

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