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Further, some schools such as Tufts University, Princeton University, and Hampshire College are allowing students to sign on with the Common App’s lesser-known competitor, the Universal College Application.“We were very, very concerned about it and we were in regular communications with the Common App,” said Alice Memory, UNC Chapel Hill senior assistant director for admissions.
UNC Chapel Hill had an October 15 early action deadline, and Memory said the day before they decided to push it back, they had received 1,200 calls from concerned applicants and their families.
“It’s really made me appreciate how simple the Common App was last year, although I think students for the most part now accept it …
There’s no need for this class—the graduating class of 2014—to be guinea pigs of this new Common App.”Smitobol said beyond the major technical problems of not being able to correctly hit submit, he saw some troubling mistakes within the Common App itself.“We were most concerned for our students,” Memory said.Since pushing the deadline back, Memory said they still had around 100 other applicants who could not submit their applications on time, and they have been dealing with those applicants on a case-by-case basis.Reprising a feature published five years ago, presents voices from a new incoming class, five 1Ls who will graduate in 2017.They write about the horrors of war in Iraq and Afghanistan or overcoming the loss of a father to become the first in the family to go to college—and law school; about enduring racial slurs or throwing off the mantle of communist oppression to seek a brighter future in a free society.Their experiences reveal a common aspiration, a moral imperative to make a difference. There are precious few hours to go before your early decision college application is due.The glitches range from things as small as not being able to copy and paste your essay from Microsoft Word (the Common App now recommends you write it ahead of time in either Text Edit or Notepad, although neither of those programs have word counts) to as major as applicants not knowing for days if their application has been completed.Another reported problem involves the supplement essay—nicknamed the “Stealth Essay” now—for Cornell University: many students missed the prompt that included instructions to keep it under 500 words.You log into the Common Application—known as the Common App, the only way to apply for hundreds of schools—but the website is giving you timeouts. You have no idea whether your school has an essay supplement, and it’s not accepting your form of payment.And if you’re thinking of just throwing in the towel and mailing your application the old-fashioned way, don’t even bother—most schools don’t even accept paper applications anymore. It’s reality for thousands of high school seniors who are applying to college this year after the Common App rolled out a new version, which has caused hair-raising problems for students applying to the 517 member universities that use the application.