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Technical Problems with the New Common App? You’re Not Alone.

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CoCo 130820 0345 Students are stressed. Parents are pressured. As if the college application process were not nerve-wracking enough, the new Common App has made it nearly impossible for thousands of students to upload, preview, and submit their college applications.

The Nyc Times recently published an article outlining many of the issues applicants are facing. From blank printing preview pages to essays which are devoid of all proper formatting, the errors are significant. With deadlines for early decision and earlier action schools rapidly approaching, some colleges are being forced to accommodate college students experiencing major technical glitches. The University of New york Chapel Hill has been among the first schools to push back their EA deadline, but Barnard College , the University of Chicago , Duke , Columbia , Tufts , and Northwestern have likewise followed suit with their early deadline day extensions. Strikingly, Princeton University – which usually used to be an exclusive user of the Typical App – is now allowing college students to apply using the Universal College Application , an alternate towards the Common App that is accepted by 33 member colleges.

While we, the former senior admissions officers at College Coach, can not fix the Common App’s woes, we can share with you 16 tips to make the app process a little easier.

If you have queries about the new Common App, submit them below and one of our professionals will be happy to respond!



Elyse Krantz is part of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts . Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked well in admissions at Barnard University and Bennington College.

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