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Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
   
   
  Originally Published on: 11/1/2013

It's a stressful time of year for high school seniors, college application time. One of the things that should make applying easier, is doing the opposite. The so-called "Common App,"used by hundreds of universities, is now online only, and rife with technical glitches. And the deadline is fast approaching. Chris Frates reports. The most stressful part of getting to these beautiful campuses is this, the dreaded college application process. It's a ritual so fraught with anxiety that it's become a cultural touchstone. And for this year's crop of college seniors, there's even more agita than usual. A website designed to make the whole process easlier is plagued by glitches like login errors, lagging credit card payments and delayed applications. The common application was designed to let students apply to multiple schools by filling out a single application. This year, the Common App retired its paper version and went exclusively online, and that's what the problems began. Just ask Daniel Wolfe, who was visiting Catholic University in Washington. "It can be a little stressful knowing that they're having technical problems," said Wolfe. And he is not alone. Common App estimates this year, about 800,000 students will submit millions of applications to more than 500 schools from Alaska Pacific University to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and even Harvard. Common App was supposed to make an already stressful college application process less frantic. "The kids who are applying want to make sure their applcations get in on a timely manner and look good," says college admission consultant Nancy Griesemer. "And, so far, they're having problems with that and it's stressing them out." One part of Common App that is working well, their Facebook page. Here students and parents are venting their frustration. "My daughter still cannot login. Help! Please!" Common App did not respond to multiple interview requests, but in a statement to CNN, they said: "As we approach the busy deadline season, we are fully committed to ensuring complete and timely review of applications for all Common Application members." But at Catholic University, they've gone old school, retreating to the basement to scan hundreds of applications into their system. "Universities around the country rely on the Common App, so we're on their side and we need them to fix this," says Christine Mica, Dean of Admissions at Catholic University of America.
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