More than 5,000 prospective students were mistakenly notified by email that they had been accepted into an upstate New York university.
University at Buffalo spokesman John DellaContrada said in a statement the mistaken email was sent Wednesday to students whose applications had not been fully reviewed by the university.
DellaContrada said a second email was sent about three or four hours later notifying the students of the mistake and apologizing for it.
The university posted a statement on its website saying the "miscommunication occurred when an incorrect email list was generated from an applicant database."
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The statement says it's "important to note the students who received the mistaken email are still being considered for acceptance."