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Ahead of Higher Ed: Prospective students experience application complications

Natalie Harms
October 17, 2013

There are a lot of inopportune moments to have technical difficulties, and trying to fill out your college application the day before it’s due is probably one of the worst.

In anticipation of Tuesday’s deadline, hundreds of college-eager high school seniors were filling out the Common App, an application used by more than 500 universities for their admissions according to Inside Higher Ed, only to encounter missing parts of essays, unloaded submit buttons, login difficulties or, worse yet, the spinning wheel of death.

Prospective students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Georgia Institute of Technology, where the technical problems occurred because of a system relaunch in August, were allowed an extra week to complete their applications.

For years, the Common App held a monopoly of shared applications that provide a popular convenience to college applicants, but in 2007, the Universal College Application emerged. This application experienced a growth in its first two years but then declined heavily during the next four. UH and other Texas universities use Apply Texas. Some experts believe that there should be more competition between application providers.

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