Lehigh Regular Admissions Deadline Extended

The Common App's difficulties have been well-publicized this season leading to dozens of schools delaying their early admissions deadlines. While the majority of issues have now been resolved, some schools are still offering students additional time in order to further soothe stressed nerves. Lehigh University recently sent out the below letter to students extending its deadline to January 10:

Greetings from Lehigh!

Given the difficulties students have experienced with the Common Application, Lehigh University has decided to extend the Early Decision II and Regular Decision application deadlines to January 10, 2014. We want to make sure students and school counselors have adequate time to send in application materials.

Despite the deadline extension, we strongly encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. In the event that you encounter problems, you may contact our office at 610-758-3100 or [email protected]

Lehigh University will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 23rd through Wednesday, December 25th. The University will also be closed on Wednesday, January 1st.

Please visit our website at www.lehigh.edu for more information regarding application requirements. Again, please don’t hesitate to contact us should you need anything.

Best Regards,
Bruce Bunnick
Director of Admissions

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Common App Issues Continue to Plague Students and Colleges Alike

According to this recent New York Times article, the Common App's continued difficulties are not only increasing the stress of students during the application process, but are also causing colleges grief by delaying access to submitted forms and applications. Jason Locke, associate vice provost for enrollment at Cornell University, complained, "It's [the application process] been a nightmare. I've been a supporter of the Common App, but in this case, they've really fallen down."

With early deadlines approaching and some already past, colleges are falling way behind schedule, unable to begin accessing thousands of waiting applications. Further, colleges are considering extending application deadlines along with their response times due to the numerous errors. Here are some issues to watch out for:

  • When pasting in your main essay or supplemental ones, be on the lookout (and leave lots of extra time) for numerous formatting issues.
  • Essay questions have been added to the Common App after applications were initially released, so make sure to check back before the due date to ensure that you have all the required, optional, program-specific, and scholarship questions that apply to you. We can't tell you how many members have thanked us at College Essay Organizer for alerting them to questions that they would have otherwise missed.
  • Preview and print functions have shown blank pages rather than displaying. Switching to a different browser may rectify this situation.
  • When paying the application fee, the mandatory signature page has been problematic, sometimes not showing up, causing students to think the application has been submitted when it has not.
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