SMU Alerts its Students of Common App's Challenges

As most of you know, the long-awaited CA4 was released by the Common App on August 1. This new system planned two years in advance with a multi-million dollar price tag was expected to further simplify the Common App for the millions of applicants relying on it. Unfortunately, it has been plagued by delays, setbacks, and technical difficulties since its launch. College Essay Organizer has been instrumental in delivering the Common App's often missing or hard-to-find essay questions to students so that they can be sure that their applications are complete when they finally get delivered to colleges. Please see this article for more details on the challenges the Common App has faced.

While the majority of Common App supplements are now appearing and can be submitted, in many cases, some colleges themselves are still unable to receive certain submitted applications. In an effort to alert its applicants and allay student fears, Southern Methodist University has notified students of the Common App's struggles to transmit applications to colleges.  Please see SMU's recent letter to students below:

Dear John,

I am pleased to learn you have added SMU to your list of colleges on The Common Application. We are looking forward to receiving your application to SMU!

As you may know, The Common Application has had some unusual challenges this year, and many colleges are having difficulty receiving information submitted through The Common Application in a timely manner. Today I write to reassure you that SMU is aware of these issues, and we understand the difficulties you may be experiencing. If you applied to SMU prior to October 3rd and are receiving this message, please contact us so that we may investigate your specific case.

If you have not yet applied, you may also use SMU's Online Application to apply for admission. Of course, SMU is happy to consider either The Common Application or SMU's Online Application — we will review your application equally, no matter which method you choose. The deadline to apply for Early Action and Early Decision I is quickly approaching – November 1, 2013 – so submit your application today!

I sincerely hope that SMU remains at the top of your college search list, and we look forward to learning more about you through your application. Should you have any questions about SMU or the application process, please reach out to our office. You can connect with your admission counselor here.

Pony Up!

Wes K. Waggoner
Dean of Undergraduate Admission
Executive Director of Enrollment Services

P.S. If you are already on SMU's mailing list, you have likely received a similar message from me with this information. If so, please accept my apologies. I'm pleased that you have taken the step of adding us to your Common Application list of colleges, and I wanted to make sure you knew about these challenges as soon as possible.

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