BALTIMORE, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Johns Hopkins broke the hearts of 294 applicants after mistakenly sending them an email notifying them of their acceptance to the university.
The students were sent emails regarding their early decision application the school with the subject line "Embrace the YES!" but were soon notified it had been in error.
One student posted the email on Twitter.
Sam Stephenson received three messages from the university. The first was a rejection letter, the second was an acceptance letter and the third was a correction of the acceptance.
The email sent to correct the error, claimed it was due to a technical mistake.
From: "Johns Hopkins University Office of Undergraduate Admissions" To: Subject: Apology for Email Error Date: December 14, 2014 at 5:28:47 PM EST
Earlier today, you may have received an email from us with the subject line: Embrace the YES!
Please note that this email was sent in error.
The decision posted on the decision site reflects the accurate result of your Early Decision application.
We regret this technical mistake and any confusion it may have caused.
Sincerely, The Office of Undergraduate Admissions The Johns Hopkins University
"That was far worse than the original denial," said his father Chuck Stephenson. "We all realize how difficult Johns Hopkins and some of the other premier schools are to get into, so the initial one wasn't a shocker. Everyone had gotten over that. But the second one was tough to swallow."
Stephenson is not out of options. He plans to apply for regular admission to Dartmouth, Duke, Vanderbilt and the University of Virginia.