St. Olaf News


Dean of admissions talks to media about Common Application issues

McLaughlinJeff200x250St. Olaf Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jeff McLaughlin ’92 spoke with several media outlets this week about how the college is responding to technical glitches with the Common Application.

St. Olaf relies exclusively on the “Common App,” an undergraduate admission application used by more than 500 colleges and universities across the country. And while nationwide problems with the system have delayed the first wave of applications to St. Olaf, McLaughlin tells the Star Tribune that he’s optimistic the issues will be resolved by the college’s November 15 deadline for early admission.

In the meantime, McLaughlin tells Bloomberg News that St. Olaf has been encouraging students to fill out Part One of the application on the school’s website so it can at least communicate with them, even though they must still use the Common Application.

Minnesota Public Radio notes that the college has also posted a warning on its Admissions site about complications with the Common Application.

The Common Application is a popular tool among prospective students because it enables them to avoid filling out the same information numerous times. It has also been a way for colleges like St. Olaf to save the time and cost of processing multiple types of applications.