Applying to colleges harder for local students

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 10/22/2013 9:47 pm Published: 10/22/2013 6:24 pm

One local high school told FOX23 that the common application is generally used for private universities like Harvard, Yale and Syracuse. But this year, the University of Oklahoma switched to it, and that's changing things for students.

“I would imagine that if you're a student and you're only applying to the University of Oklahoma it has slowed you down a tad,” said Christi Johnson, who helps prepare students to apply for higher learning.

"Last year we had 200 students apply to university of Oklahoma and so that means that if we keep that going we'll have those 200 applying via common app.”

Senior Drew Wood is one of those students with his heart set on being a Boomer sooner.

"I've recently just finished my common application all I have left is to write my essay," said Wood.

The common application requires more writing than previous applications but it opens the doors to apply to more universities on a mass scale.

"I was thinking about applying to the University of Denver, Colo., and all I would have to do is just list that under there and it would go to both places instead of having to re-fill out another common application," said Wood.

But the problem is the common application rolled out an updated version this year called CA4. And glitches in the program have led to delays.

"We have some delay issues on teachers being able to upload letters of recommendation," said Johnson.

And other issues popped up on the receiving end.

"Because of the common application issues they extended their deadline," said Johnson.

Despite some of the technical setbacks, students like drew still think it's a fairly simple process.

"You just select a lot of stuff, its preset you don't have to, and you just put in your information," said Johnson.

And then the waiting begins for the crucial acceptance letter.

Tulsa University also experienced some trouble with the common application. But they use that system along with a personalized application so it hasn't really slowed down their admissions. None have been adopted.

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