It has been nothing but months of frustration for college applicants, high schools, colleges, counselors and college consultants. Ever since the Common Application made its 6 million debut on August 1 there have been problems. High school seniors have had trouble with logging in, losing essays, disappearing activities, and submitting applications and payments. They have also not been able to preview their Common Application before submitting it.
These are merely a few of the difficulties everyone has encountered. Today, the Common Application indicated that they think the majority of kinks have been worked out. While I would like to believe that, this is not the first time we have been given hope. For the last 2 1/2 months or more, one problem has been fixed and another has created itself. The Common Application support team has struggled to reply to requests for help.
Anyone who has been through the college admission process knows that it is filled with stress and anxiety. To have the Common Application-which is used by more than 500 colleges and universities-so dysfunctional for so long is really inexcusable. Colleges have had to extend their early admission deadlines because students have had so much difficulty with both completing and submitting the Common Application.
It seems to me that the Common Application should have tested all of its parts before they presented it to high school seniors this year. If they had done that, it probably would be a lot smoother sailing for next year's college applicants. Apologies are in order to this year's seniors who had faced one struggle after another trying to use the new and improved Common Application. Did I say improved?