Common App Woes

Common Application, The Common App, Common App to College

The makers of the Common App. owe high school seniors a major apology.

There’s an article on “CNN” today entitled “College application insanity gets worse,” written by David L. Marcus. If you’re a regular reader of our college admissions blog, the woes of the Common App. gaining press should come as no surprise to you. Marcus starts off by making reference to a potential answer to a “hardship” college essay question. Here’s what he’s got: “Being a high school senior unnerved by college applications was tough enough until I tried to fill out the Common Application and the site froze, then refused to accept my writing and rejected my teachers’ recommendations.” Marcus is in fact calling the recent Common App. issues…the “Great Crash of 2013.”

We happen to love what Marcus has written about the Common App.’s glitches this fall. This point in particular made us smile: “The nonprofit Common Application organization, which serves more than 500 colleges, blames the problems on a software upgrade (maybe created by the same folks who gave us the software for America’s new health insurance?). This excuse, in a business that revolves around unforgiving deadlines, is akin to high school kids stating that the dog ate their homework. Surely the Common App executives tested this software? Surely they knew they were dealing with stressed-out students who get nervous when the system simply slows down a bit?” You’d think they tested the software! You’d think the Common App. would at the very least take ownership of the Great Crash of 2013. But instead they weasel out and blame their problems on a lame software upgrade.

Marcus then gets rather hysterical when he references the Common App.’s Tweets of late. Their Tweets are ridiculous and, at times, unintelligible. You’ve got to read his analysis of their Tweets. We can’t do it justice. Shame on the Common App. for the Great Crash of 2013 and bigger shame on them for failing to own the error of their ways!


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  • BL says:

    This is great, but at this point, with Early Deicsion deadlines looming, and the Naviance/CommonApp problems still remaining, what is a student to do ? I urged my son to get his teachers and guidance
    to go the paper route, and send recommendations and transcript on paper. Guidance believes “the problem will be fixed soon”. How forgiving with schools be with Early Decision ? Do they prefer electonic late or paper on time ?

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