The University of Kentucky accidentally sent 500,000 acceptance emails for a selective program.
A spokesperson for the university told WLEX-TV that a “technical problem” was responsible for the confusion.
Many of the students who received the email in error had not even applied to college.
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Less than two months before the college’s national decision day, a Kentucky university made a technological error with 500,000 erroneous acceptance emails.
On March 15, the University of Kentucky sent hundreds of thousands of acceptance emails to high school students for a program that typically only accepts 35 to 40 students, according to WLEX-TV.
An error in the school’s customer relationship management tool resulted in accidental acceptances of the university’s Selective Clinical Leadership and Management program at the College of Health and Science, the outlet reported.
Mary Dougherty, a high school student from San Antonio, Texas, was among thousands who received the wrong email.
“I was like, ‘Mom, I just got accepted into the University of Kentucky,” Doughtery told WLEX-TV. “And she said, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you applied to the University of Kentucky.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, I didn’t.’ “
Other students who received the email told the outlet that they had never even heard of college, let alone applied to the selective program.
“I had to google it just to make sure it was a real university because, like, I heard about it. But I’m not so sure,” said Erin Esping, a senior from Georgia. at WLEX-TV.
A spokesperson for the university told the outlet that only a handful of students who received the email in error actually expressed interest in the program in question.
“Only a handful of those on the prospect list had been admitted to the UK. The vast majority had not, and the vast majority of those students had not shown interest in the program,” he said. Jay Blanton told the station. “Nonetheless, we regret the communication error and have sent correspondence to all who have been contacted, apologizing to them.”
He also said that all students who had actually been admitted to the program should have already received their acceptance.
The school reportedly responded to an email with an apology and explanation within 24 hours of the initial error, according to the Associated Press.
Blanton told WLEX-TV that the college’s distribution management system could have had student contact information if they had indicated that they were interested in the school at some point during their college search. or if they had sent an application.
“It is a common practice in higher education,” he told the outlet.
Some of the students who received the email in error told WLEX-TV that they were initially concerned that they accidentally applied and took someone else’s place.
“I would be heartbroken,” said Gabriel Botello, a senior from Texas, who did not apply to the University of Kentucky, on exit. “Reading these ‘congratulations that you are’ for the students who really wanted it must have been horrible…”
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