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Common Application Glitches Create Problems for Students, Colleges

Applying for college is stressful. And technical glitches are adding to the stress of some students trying to make early admission deadlines.

The New York Times reports that the online Common Application, used by more than 500 colleges and universities, has been plagued by malfunctions that have complicated the early admissions application process for both colleges and prospective students[i].

According to an update from Common Application, problems have included unsuccessful logins, slowness that leads to “timed out” errors on browsers, errors when previewing files before printing, and multiple charges on the payment system.[ii]

One student, Lily Geiger, told the Times that when she entered her essays into the application, they came up completely garbled. She added that she spent a weekend trying to fix the text, and was worried about missing errors, or missing the deadline.

Because of the glitches, Georgia Tech extended its early admission application deadline from Oct. 15 to Oct. 21, and allowing supporting documents to be submitted by Nov. 1.[iii]

Common Application, a 35-year-old non-profit, allows students to submit a single application to multiple colleges. More than 723,000 students used Common Application in the 2012-13 school year[iv].

Are you getting ready to apply for college? We’ve got information for you on the process.

 


[i] nytimes.com/2013/10/13/education/online-application-woes-make-students-anxious-and-put-colleges-behind-schedule.html?ref=education

[ii] appsupport.commonapp.org/link/portal/33011/33013/Article/931/Known-Issues-and-Progress-Updates

[iii] admission.gatech.edu/apply/freshman-application-updates

[iv] commonapp.org/PDF/CommonApplicationFactSheet.pdf

 

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