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Published March 05, 2013, 07:12 PM

MSUM left cleaning up admissions mess

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Some high school seniors wait for the moment they've been accepted to a college of university. Hundreds of would-be MSUM student got 2 letters: one of acceptance, and then one of denial.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Some high school seniors wait for the moment they've been accepted to a college of university. Hundreds of would-be MSUM student got 2 letters: one of acceptance, and then one of denial.

Exactly 232 people got the letter in the mail from MSUM saying they weren't accepted into the University. Now MSUM academic officials are left putting back together the hundreds of college dreams. University Spokesman David Wahlberg says these applications were submitted back in 2012, but the mistake wasn't caught until just days ago.

Normally when students don't meet academic requirements they have to go through what's called an individual review. This process allows the applicant to be interviewed by a committee and explain why his or her test scores were lower than required. Then they must prove they are ready for college.

The mistake made was that the 232 hopefuls were shown to have gone through this process, but in fact they had not and were still accepted.

David Wahlberg – University Spokesman: “We made a mistake and we need to own up to that mistake and we need to figure out a way to make this bad situation better if we can, and we feel that the way we can do that is to ask that question, ‘what's really in the best interest of these students, how do we get out of this?’ Well, we answered the question what's in the best interest of the students and if we can offer them admission and some support to be successful in this environment, then that's the course of action we feel is best.”

Now that the students have been officially accepted they must meet some requirements. They must meet with advisors and develop an academic success plan, Meet regularly with faculty for guidance, and take a University Studies class the first semester of the fall which will be counted as full credit.

If students don't agree to the requirements they won’t be allowed to enroll. Some of the students were student-athletes.

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