Buffalo, N.Y. – Waiting to hear whether you’ve been accepted into a college is a nerve-wracking time for any prospective student, right?
More than 5,000 applicants to the University of Buffalo thought their worries were over when they received letters of acceptance.
But things when downhill after the envelopes were opened.
The university in the state of New York sent out 5,109 acceptance letters by mistake, it admitted in a statement Friday.
The error was made when an incorrect email list was generated from a database of applicants, according to the statement from John DellaContrada, the university’s associate vice president for media relations and stakeholder communications.
He said that within three to four hours of the discovery of the mistake, the applicants were emailed an explanation of what had occurred, along with the university’s “sincerest apologies.”
“We know that this can be a stressful time for prospective students and their families. The University at Buffalo deeply regrets this unfortunate error in communication,” read the statement, which added that steps had been taken to ensure the mistake was not repeated.
The incident is far from the first blunder by a university admissions office. Last year, Carnegie Mellon University mistakenly sent out acceptance emails to 800 rejected applicants for its master’s program in computer science, one of the top programs in the United States.
In 2014, Johns Hopkins University accidentally told hundreds of early admissions applicants that they’d been accepted, according to the Los Angeles Times. In 2012, UCLA incorrectly told 894 applicants on a waiting list that they had been admitted.