Online college applications alter the admissions process
Technology has changed the admissions process, but glitches are a looming threat
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 23:10
The days where applying to college was just filling out the Common App, sending your transcript and SAT scores in by mail and waiting for a reply are gone.
In recent years, 2013 especially, the college application process has become both easier and more complicated as many try to figure out glitches that new technology brings.
Many steps in the college application process have been eliminated. No longer do students have to send in reference letters, SAT scores and transcripts by mail; instead this is done through programs like Naviance and Collegeboard. Though both Naviance and Collegeboard existed years ago, they were not used in the same fashion as they are now.
Naviance is a software that high schools use as a “college and readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals.”
A few years ago, when many UConn students were applying to college, Naviance was primarily used to research potential colleges and provide insight to what was needed to get in. Now high school students are able to send high school transcripts and reference letters to universities with the click of a button.
Collegeboard has greatly improved over the years. Now all that has to be done to send your SAT scores to colleges is to enter a code into Collegeboard.org, and they are immediately sent to the university of your choice. The same process works for sending AP exams to colleges.
The graduate school application process is getting easier as well. The GRE’s are now being offered digitally at computer centers, so that results can be found quicker and sent to potential graduate schools painlessly.
Both Naviance and Collegeboard have improved greatly, although it seems that the Common Application has taken a step back in its improvements. Many malfunctions have recently been reported with the Common App, which include a malfunction in the previewing of the college essay and an inability to mesh with Naviance.
There has been added stress to many college applicants as they have tried to preview their college essays and find that the words and punctuation have been jumbled up. Additionally, the payment page has been said to take a day or two to load, which has caused people to think that they have submitted their college application when in reality they never did because the page did not load.
This a growing problem for many universities that accept the Common Application, including UConn. UConn is an exclusive user of the Common Application and requires no supplements or other application, which may be a problem with all of the malfunctions reported with the Common App.
Because of these problems, many universities that require the Common Application have been forced to have their staff work overtime or hire more employees to go through all the applications in time to send out acceptance or rejection letters in the winter.