The University of Kentucky accidentally sent out 500,000 acceptance emails to high school seniors for a program that usually only accepts about 36 students each year.
The school sent a follow-up email 24 hours later and apologized for the mistake, saying there was a “technical issue.”
“Only a handful of those on the prospect list had been admitted to UK,” Jay Blanton, a spokesman for the university, said. “The vast majority had not, nor had the vast majority of these students expressed an interest in the program. Nevertheless, we regret the communication error and have sent correspondence to all those who were contacted, offering our apologies.”
The acceptance was for the clinical leadership and management program in the College of Health Sciences this fall.
“A very small number — a handful” of students who received the acceptance email “had expressed interest in this particular program,” Blanton said.
He also said that all students who were supposed to be admitted received their acceptance letters.
Mary Dougherty, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, was one of the students who received the email.
“I was like, ‘Mom, I just got accepted into the University of Kentucky.’ And she’s like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you applied to the University of Kentucky.’ And I was like, ‘oh, I did not,’” Dougherty said.
Some students say they had never even visited the University of Kentucky’s website.
“I had to Google it just to make sure it was a real college because, like, I’ve never heard of them,” said Erin Esping, a senior from Georgia.