Glitches interrupt online college application system - Bring Me The News

Glitches interrupt online college application system

Author:
Publish date:

Thousands of college applicants who've already made up their minds about what college they'd like to attend may run into some frustration as early-decision application deadlines approach this fall.

An online application system, the Common Application, used by hundreds of institutions around the country, including nine Minnesota colleges and universities, that enables students to apply to several schools at once has recently been plagued with technical malfunctions.

Minnesota Public Radio says the glitches have mangled applicants’ essays, failed to register their applications or locked them out of the application process altogether.

St. Olaf and Carleton in Northfield, Minn. both use the system and are hoping the kinks are ironed out in time for their early-decision deadline on Nov. 15. MPR reports Carleton uses an alternative application process as backup, while St. Olaf relies exclusively on the Common Application.

The Virginia-based nonprofit organization has been acknowledging the problems on its social media accounts and offers some workarounds while they attempt to fix the issues.

Other Minnesota schools that use the system include Augsburg, Gustavus, Hamline, Macalester, St. John's/St. Ben's, St. Mary's and St. Kate's.

Next Up

Related

Some Minn. schools waive fees during 'College Application Week'

High school students thinking about going to college may have the opportunity to apply for free Nov. 12-16 during Minnesota College Application Week. Last year, Governor Dayton proclaimed that the second week in November is to be dedicated to informing students about the college application process, especially first generation college students, students of color and low-income students.