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Rensselaer Medal mistake

  1. Sep 5, 2007 #1
    I was wondering if anyone else here received a notification by email telling them they won the Rensselaer Medal, only to receive another email shortly afterwards to receive another saying the email being sent to you was a mistake? I was one of these people, and here is a copy of the email I got last night after sending in a complaint about the "erroneous email" as they called it:

    So I guess I will be getting a substitute scholarship of equal value if I apply early decision. I wasn't surprised to see the first email, not to be a braggart or anything but I've had good grades and extra curricular activities throughout high school. Ideas about this big mistake?
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  3. Sep 5, 2007 #2


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    Well, it sounds like you've got a $60,000 scholarship anyway, so I think you should just be pleased with that!
  4. Sep 5, 2007 #3
    Yes, I am very pleased with it! If I choose to apply early decision it will be to my advantage, otherwise I guess it won't apply to me. Rensselaer is one of my top choice colleges, so I'm more likely to get use out of it than if it was some lesser-known school.
  5. Sep 5, 2007 #4
    They're just going to cross-check you with the e-mail listserv and not admit you into the school. 60k per student is a lot of money.
  6. Sep 5, 2007 #5
    Yes it is a lot of money to pay for a big mistake, and if they deny me admissions, I'm applying to other schools as well, ones I like a lot better than RPI to begin with. Hopefully I'll get into one of those schools, I've got several backup plans.
  7. Sep 5, 2007 #6
    Hey, I got the same thing. I don't really understand how such a mistake could be made on such a large scale. It seems to me that someone would have to at least check the email to make sure it was going to the right list.
  8. Sep 5, 2007 #7
    That's definitely true. The gist I got was that somewhere in the line of checks between choosing winners and sending the notifications someone made a mistake, and I would not want to be that person right now.

    Steve, I searched on Google and found the College Confidential topic on this, with you and I it's at least 6 people who got the message, there's no telling how many there were in all.
  9. Sep 5, 2007 #8
    It was a mistake on a huge scale. I know of a few people in my school that got the message! What I heard is that someone sent the medals to the wrong list of people. I think that it may have been a list of those who went to an open house or something. Although, I home a I am completely wrong. At least they honored their mistake and are leaving the option open!
  10. Sep 5, 2007 #9
    I got into RPI but didn't go. They are pretty generous with financial aid. I'd seriously consider going there if you are considering engineering.
  11. Sep 6, 2007 #10
    I realize that it is an exceptional school, however, when we went on the tour no one in the visitor's center knew that there was even going to be a tour that day. Also the fact the fact that the campus line was outlined by crime didn't give me the best feeling.
  12. Sep 6, 2007 #11
    Steve, I've heard the same thing. Many have said Troy isn't the best place to go walking around at night (many say just stay on campus). Personally, I'd like to be able to walk around the area, not feeling like I'm going into dangerous territory outside the school, which is one of the reasons I'm not sure if I'd like to go there or not.
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