Glitches in Common App Alarm Its Users

Common App Is Experiencing Technical Difficulties 1

Hiroko Masuike, The New York Times, Redux

Lily Geiger, a high-school student in Manhattan, had problems uploading essays to the Common Application. Other students say they have been involuntarily logged out or have had to wait an hour for processing.

The online Common Application spark­ed coast-to-coast consternation last week as technical difficulties plagued the system used by 517 colleges.

On the eve of some institutions' early-admission deadlines, many high-school seniors could not get access to applications. Some said they were repeatedly logged off because of "inactivity," and others reported waiting an hour or more for their submissions to go through.

"Kids have just been frantic," one