The college website, Common Application, handles admissions for colleges across the country. It recently revamped the site to improve the application process, but glitches in the system have slowed things down.
"Some of that is really normal for this time of the year, which it is of course and some of that relating to a new system that we as counselors are a little less familiar with," said Andrew Roy, an Essex High School Guidance Counselor.
Some of the problems admissions offices and guidance counselors throughout Vermont have seen include incorrect tabs on the site, essays disappearing and problems with application payments. "Post secondary folks have been pretty clear with us that they understand there are going to be some hiccups and delays with some of the information," Roy said.
And as the November 1st early application deadline approaches, the University of Vermont is contacting each applicant to let them know their application was received. "We're monitoring the situation everyday and then if we have to extend that deadline because students are having difficulty applying, then that's what we're trying to assess," said Beth Wiser, the UVM's Director of Admissions.
So far UVM has received over 2,500 applications, but the school says the best way to avoid running into any problems is to get it done early and go to your guidance counselor with any concerns. And many of those concerns, can be avoided with a little preparation. "Have your testing out of the way, begin working on your essays early so that when it comes time to actually apply, you have the tools to do so easily," Roy said.
Last year, UVM received nearly 22,000 first year student applications and 1,500 transfer applications -- all through Common App, the school's only application system. "We anticipate having similar numbers of students -- even more this year -- be able to successfully apply, we just know it may take a little longer to get those applications."
Saint Michaels College officials say because of glitches, they have resorted to processing some applications manually. UVM says they'll explore all options if problems continue.
Common Application has been in touch with high schools and colleges. School officials say the site hopes to have the problem resolved as soon as possible.
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