Government Technology, December 1998

Citing a number of advantages over the traditional paper method, colleges and universities are increasingly promoting to high school students the use of online admission applications.

Online applications save considerable money and time because they are so easy to process. Furthermore, say college admissions officers, time once devoted to processing applications can now be spent on more thorough evaluation.

There is some indication, however, that admissions officers’ love of the Internet in the application process is not shared by the applicants themselves.

A recent survey by a higher-education marketing group suggests that students still prefer applying the old-fashioned way. Among students’ chief concerns about online applications were possible breeches of security and confidentiality.