Their Bad: University Sends Out 5,000 College Application Acceptances by Mistake 

click to enlarge YURIY KIRSANOV
  • Yuriy Kirsanov

Thousands of Treasure Valley high-school seniors and their parents gathered at the Boise State University campus Saturday to get some face time with representatives from 50 regional colleges and universities as part of the annual Treasure Valley College Fair. The event was hosted by the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling.

The event came less than a week after the Idaho State Board of Education reiterated its commitment to the goal that at least 60 percent of Idaho's young adults will have earned a college degree or certificate by 2020. The benchmark was set in 2010 but recent surveys indicate only 40 percent of Idahoans between the ages of 25 and 34 had earned a post-secondary degree.

While receiving an acceptance letter from a university is still a dream for most American teens, officials at the State University of New York at Buffalo said they made a few too many dreams come true when they accidentally sent out 5,100 acceptance emails.

NBC News reports university officials said the letters were erroneously sent when they accessed the wrong applicant database. The good news, they said, is that most of the students are still under review for possible acceptance. Of the more than 25,000 applicants to the university, about 5,400 will ultimately be accepted.

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