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Local School Fails to Send College Application Materials

College admissions compromised for over a dozen seniors as a result

By Sara Beladi
|  Tuesday, May 3, 2011  |  Updated 6:56 AM EDT
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Local School Doesn't Send College App Materials

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Do you ever have that dream where you look down at your exam paper and realize that you don't know any of the answers/aren't wearing any pants? 

How about the one where your high school administrators forget to send your transcripts and recommendations to your dream college?

No? 

Well, thanks to the folks at Baltimore's Western High School, there's a good chance you'll be adding a new stress dream to your repertoire.

College admissions might have been compromised for more than a dozen Western High students because the school failed to send complete application materials, Principal Alisha Trusty said in a Friday letter.

"We are still ascertaining how many students and applications may have been affected," she wrote. "However, we believe that some students' applications were incomplete and some colleges and financial aid institutions were unable to make their decisions with the full information."

Trusty said she immediately contacted the parents of 24 students who had not been accepted to any college, 10 of whom were subsequently admitted to at least one school.  Officials now believe 14 students were affected by the application snafu.  Western -- the nation's oldest all-girls public school and recipient of the National Blue Ribbon award -- typically places all of its students in college.

Although school officials will reach out to colleges that did not receive complete application materials, it is unclear whether they will be able to secure admissions for their affected students. Most colleges and universities notify applicants of gaps in their paperwork, which might place some of the responsibility on students.

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