Fordham University ruined winter break for 2,500 students that it "accidentally" accepted. 

According to Gothamist, the students were sent an email from a third party that handles all of the school's financial aid congratulating them on their acceptance to Fordham University. In actuality, this critical, life-altering news was supposed to be released a few days later. 

The New York Times adds that a follow-up email was issued in the subsequent days, explaining that, well, a serious mistake had been made: "On Thursday, students logged in again to learn whether or not they had been admitted. The university apologized in a statement on Thursday and said it was working with the contractor, Student Aid Services, to determine what went wrong."

Of the falsely-accepted students, 2,000 were deferred, while the other 500 were flat-out rejected. The university issued an apology that won't soothe the pain of this fuck up by a long shot:

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.

Mary Fallon, spokesperson for Student Aid Services, said the error happened when "data was transferred from a staging environment to our development environment." She added it was the "first of its kind" for S.A.S. That's not what those 2,500 kids want to hear.

[via Gothamist and New York Times]