Online Application Crash Has St. Olaf Admissions Twiddling Thumbs
Common Application, a site that processes college apps for more than 500 colleges and universities, was on the fritz last week, creating major headaches for students, parents and school officials, the Star Tribune reports.
Northfield's St. Olaf College completely relies on Common Application, and the crash left admissions staffers with a lot of free time, the Star Tribune reported:
" ... the glitches have delayed the first wave of applicants and left admissions staffers “sitting on their hands,” said Jeff McLaughlin, dean of admissions. ...
“It’s an ongoing roller coaster,” McLaughlin said Wednesday. In September, the admissions office sent a test application to itself to see if it got through. It took a month, he said. But he insists he’s optimistic all will be fixed before St. Olaf hits its first deadline, Nov. 15, for applications for early admission."
This is the first year that a paper application hasn't been used by St. Olaf.
According to the Star Tribune, Common Application issued a news release this week acknowledging the crisis, saying: “We are committed to resolving these issues promptly."
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