LEXINGTON, Kentucky: A "technical issue" resulted in 500,000 high school students receiving acceptance notices to the University of Kentucky.
The acceptance for the fall semester was meant for students seeking admission to the clinical leadership and management program in the College of Health Sciences.
Another 500,000 emails were sent out less than 24 hours later and apologized for the university's mistake, citing a "technical issue."
"Only a handful of those on the prospect list had been admitted to UK," university spokesman Jay Blanton said, as reported by The Associated Press. "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."
When contacted, some students said they never had applied to the University of Kentucky, nor had they ever been to the school or even visited its website.
"I had to Google it just to make sure it was a real college," a student from Georgia told The Associated Press.