Issues getting resolved as Vance seniors pursue college of their dreams

Oct. 15, 2013 @ 07:49 PM

More than a dozen seniors in Vance County high schools applied to college early this week without issue, despite online glitches with the Common Application.

Northern Vance High School seniors Timothy Daye and Mel’leeah Robinson, who submitted the Common Application for early admission, experienced some problems applying electronically but they met the Oct. 15 deadline.

The Common Application released information on its website in response to widespread problems for applicants and teachers.

When some students completed sections of the application, the green check that indicates a finished section did not appear. In other cases, teachers could not properly submit recommendations to students’ applications.

Daye said he completed the activities section of his Common Application but he found all the entries deleted when he returned to the site later.

“My activities were erased and I needed to enter them again,” he said.

Robinson said she applied to East Carolina University, which does not use the Common Application, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which does use it.

“It was much easier doing ECU’s application than the Common Application,” she said. “There were a lot of problems with the Common Application.”

She said the teachers who wrote her recommendations ran into difficulty when uploading the letters, but the issues were resolved in time.

Carolyn Powell, a senior counselor at Northern Vance, said all of the Oct. 15 early applications were submitted on time, but she still had problems uploading transcripts and recommendations.

The UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Admissions announced Monday that the early admission deadline would be extended until Oct. 21.

“Please know that we continue to be in conversation with staff from the Common Application and that they are working around the clock to resolve the issues you have reported,” the admissions office release stated.

Anissa Williams, a Southern Vance High School senior, said she is taking advantage of UNC-Chapel Hill’s later deadline to revise her college application essays.

“Since they extended the deadline, I plan to submit my application today,” said Williams, who spent some of the afternoon editing her essay with the help of a teacher.

Williams said UNC-Chapel Hill is her first choice college.

“If you really want to go there, you can get your application out of the way and get their decision early,” she said

Powell said securing a spot at your number one choice is the major advantage of early admission.

“You know straight away if you are going to the school of your dreams,” Powell said.

Early admission also qualifies students for merit scholarships for which they otherwise wouldn’t be eligible.

Tannis Jenkins worked late into the night Monday to ensure early college applications were taken care of by Tuesday’s deadline.

The senior counselor at Southern Vance High School said she is already preparing the next round of early applications and a Nov. 1 deadline.

Jenkins said 26 students at Southern Vance met individually with a St. Augustine’s University representative for on-site admissions. She said this process allows seniors to determine if they would be admitted based on their test scores and grades.

A St. Augustine’s representative visited Northern Vance on Wednesday to talk to students about the admissions process and scholarships, Powell said.

Williams met with the St. Augustine’s admissions officer this week and learned that she qualifies for admission.

“All you had to do was fill out an application and show them your transcript,” she said.

 

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