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October 28th, 2013
Common Application problems send students scurrying
Benedict planned to send an eMail to high school guidance counselors, letting them know they can submit paper versions of school forms, recommendations, and transcripts.
At Ripon College, most of the Common Applications received this fall are incomplete because counselors can’t electronically load transcripts, school forms, and recommendations, according to Jenn Machacek, vice president of enrollment.
The college offers a “Go Grant” of $1,000 per year for students who visit and apply by Oct. 15. Although that deadline has passed, Ripon is working with students who contacted the school before that date about problems they encountered. The deadline has been extended because the students were not at fault.
Students applying to the University of Wisconsin System don’t have to worry about the Common App. All UW campuses use a UW System-generated application.
“Given the difficulties the Common App has experienced this year, we are fortunate to use a system that is separate,” said Ken Cutts, recruitment and media services manager in UW-Madison’s office of admissions and recruitment.
Marquette University hasn’t hit crunch time yet. The school doesn’t offer early decision or early action; its deadline for new freshman applications is Dec. 1.
Prospective students can apply to Carroll University either through the school’s own online application or the Common App.
“The Common App has historically been very reliable,” said Jim Wiseman, vice president of enrollment at Carroll. “The software upgrades being made this year will be an improvement, but in the transition it is causing an inconvenience.”
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