Has the Common App Resolved its Issues for the 2014-2015 Application Season?

common-app-picLast year the Common App experienced an unprecedented number of issues leaving students struggling to complete their applications and resulting in numerous colleges extending their deadlines. The Common App has since promised to promptly resolve its glitches and create a less stressful user experience.

So how is the Common App measuring up so far for the 2014-2015 application season? While it experienced supplements for some schools appearing and disappearing when it first went live three hours before the expected August 1 midnight opening, it has since become stable, and for the first time in its history, many of the colleges' supplements were available on August 1 (though many are still unavailable!). Log into your College Essay Organizer account to see which schools have questions available. Here are a few remaining issues to look out for:

  • If you save your writing supplement with all the questions completed and you later try to go back and edit it, the text boxes sometimes disappear (for all schools) and you have to log in again.
  • Some questions don't specify required vs. optional on the supplement, but on the sidebar a check mark will appear on your writing supplement tab when all required questions have been filled out. If an optional question is left blank, it will still be checked. If a required question is left blank, it will remain unchecked.
  • On the dashboard, it will say a supplement is not required (indicated by a red dash), but when you click on the member questions, it will say the questions are not yet available. This is happening in schools that do have supplemental questions, so be sure to keep checking back for the supplement and check with the college to double-check if there are supplemental questions.
  • When a link to an outside page is embedded into a question, and it is clicked, the Common App throws up an error page, so you may have to copy and paste links into a browser window.
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