APPLETON - Some high school seniors hoping to apply early for college are running into a major roadblock.
A website used by hundreds of colleges around the country to process applications is having issues following a new update.
The timing couldn't be worse, as the clock is ticking for students to turn in their applications.
November 1 might just be another date on the calendar to some people. But try telling that to high school seniors.
Crunch time for early college application deadlines. And some Appleton East students are among the thousands around the county having trouble completing their application to their school of choice.
Hundreds of schools use the Common Application website to process enrollments. But a glitch with the system going paperless for the first time this year is causing big problems.
"What we're trying to do is encourage calm,” said Ken Anselment, Lawrence University Dean of Admissions.
For students trying to apply to Lawrence University in Appleton, the Common Application is currently the only way in. Ken Anselment says his department is helping students who are having problems. Anselment says the university may resort to paper if the website isn't fixed soon.
"Throw it old school if we have to do it, we don't want the mechanism of the application to be the reason people can't apply to the college they want to attend,” he said.
The problems vary from issues with payments to missing information. Not all students are having the same problems. But they are universal in their concerns.
"You just want to get it in and get it done so that you can get into the school that you want to go to,” said Monica Mulhall, Appleton East senior.
Not all students and counselors using the site are having problems.
"I have actually had no issues at all with the Common App, I just talked to my guidance counselor earlier and he said everything is going fine,” said Trevor Krause, Appleton East senior.
In a statement to FOX 11, the company says it has corrected some of the issues and is working to fix the others. While acknowledging the clock is ticking, saying:
"We are fully committed to ensuring complete and timely review of applications for all Common Application members, particularly those with November 1 deadlines."
Words that as of now are of little comfort to those dreaming of the next big step in their education.
The glitch does not affect UW schools, which use a different application system.
St. Norbert, Ripon College and Marquette University are among the universities in the state which use the Common Application website as a method for students to apply.
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