SAN MARCOS, Texas - Texas State University is in the hot seat tonight after hundreds of perspective students were misled to believe they had been accepted.
Now the university is trying to fix their mistake.
Texas State mails out 750,000 items annually.
In this situation, the item ended up it the wrong hands.
A brochure saying congratulations was sent to those not yet accepted.
The college application process can be a very nerve wracking time.
So a mistake by Texas State University doesn't exactly help.
"The brochure has congratulations written on the front and inside it has information regarding orientation and on-campus housing. It was not an acceptance letter but it is something that's sent to students following acceptance," says Jayme Blaschke, Texas State University.
That's where the confusion lies.
It was on March 27, 2015 when letters were sent out to around 800 perspective students.
The third party vendor mixed up two lists, those who were accepted and those who had not yet completed their application.
At least 454 students received the congratulatory brochure by mistake.
"It's kind of not fair to them, like they did what they needed to. It's kind of the university's fault. If they accepted them, then they should be accepted," says Logan Burns, Texas State student.
Students who currently attend the university were surprised to hear about what happened.
They say if it was them, it would be a big dissapointment.
"I would be sad if I didn't get accepted," says Katie Chumchal, Texas State student.
"It'd be pretty much, kind of like, a let down. This is like a school where a lot of people want to come and attend. It's a great campus. A lot of great things here, a lot of opportunities and stuff. To get that brochure and then you come and get the orientation day, you're like, 'yes I've been accepted.' Then for it to turn around, it's kind of like, what do I do now?'" says Kelli Porter, Texas State student.
The university's admissions office mails more than 750,000 items annually.
They say a mistake like this is a first.
"The vendor that admissions works with, they've worked with them for more than four years now. There's never been any type of incident or difficulties prior to this. So the university is right now, investigating the situation, figuring out how it happened, why it happened and taking steps once that's figured out to ensure it doesn't happen again," says Blaschke.
Since the error, some of the 454 perspective students have completed their applications and have been accepted, others have been denied.
A majority of them have not yet completed their application.
A letter was sent to the 454 perspective students Tuesday to clarify the mix up and let them know their actual status.
The university says if you have any other concerns or questions, contact admissions.