2500 High School Students Were Mistakenly Told They Were Accepted To Fordham University

2,500 early decision applicants to Fordham University
were mistakenly told they were accepted to the school, The New York Times reports.

On Wednesday — two days before they were supposed to hear Fordham’s decision about their acceptance status — about 2,500 students recieved financial aid letters informing them they had been accepted to the college. However, these letters were from a third-party contractor and Fordham was forced to tell students that “the notices had been sent in error and did not reflect their status,” according to The Times.

A Fordham spokesman told The Times that one fifth of the applicants who had recieved the email — about 500 students — had actually been rejected from the school, while the other 2,000 were deferred and would find out their final status in spring 2014.

The CEO of Student Aid Services, the company that originally sent the financial aid letters, told The Times, “We are devastated by the error that has occurred today and extremely upset by the anguish that we have caused.”

Fordham also apologized in a statement to The Times, saying, “Fordham and its undergraduate admissions staff are acutely aware of the high hopes prospective students and their families have regarding college acceptances. The University deeply regrets that some applicants were misled by the financial aid notice. The admission staff is working with S.A.S. to find out what went wrong.”

Several of the affected students went on Twitter to express their disappointment: