UNC pushes back application deadline because of 'Common App' problems

Glitches on popular website used by applicants across the country causing problems for hundreds of schools.
October 15, 2013 6:27:18 AM PDT
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said Monday that it is extending its early decision deadline to October 21 because of problems with the Common App - a website used by more than 500 schools across the country to accept college applications.

Common App's new website has been besieged by numerous problems this year including garbling essays, locking out others, and not immediately confirming payment by some.

"We extended the deadline of tomorrow, Oct. 15, until Oct. 21," said Ashley Memory, with UNC undergraduate admissions. "And, if by chance, those issued aren't resolved by then, we will be working with the students on a case by case basis to see what we need to do."

Other schools in North Carolina that use the website include Duke and Wake Forest. Duke said Monday it is not extending its November 1 deadline yet, but acknowledged it's seeing problems with the site too.

Common App has been documenting some of the problems on its Facebook page.

According to a report in the New York Times, college applicants across the country have been reporting technical glitches with the non-profit site. Common App said problems were being fixed and pointed out applications are up 20 percent from last year.

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