October 30th, 2013
07:10 AM ET

College App Site Rife With Glitches

The most stressful part of getting to a great university is the dreaded college application process. For this year's crop of high school seniors, there's even more angst than usual as a website designed to make the whole process easier is plagued by glitches, CNN's Chris Frates reports.

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 when problemsĀ like login errors, lagging credit card payments and delayed applicationsĀ began.

Daniel Wolfe, a high school senior, says, "it can be a little stressful knowing that they're having technical problems."

Common app estimates that this year about 800,000 students will submit millions of applications to more than 500 schools.

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 particularly those with November 1st deadlines."

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  1. Pam Yarbrough

    I've been waiting for weeks for someone in the news media to highlight this story, and compare the problems of the Common App roll-out to the issues the government is having with the Healthcare website. No luck. And by the way, did anyone bother to proofread this piece? "Common Application" is a not-for-profit membership organization, and therefore should be capitalized in all instances.

    October 31, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Reply

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