Deadline Day: Common Application Submission Issues

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12:30 p.m. ET – January 15, 2014

Today is January 15, also known as Regular Decision application deadline day for Emory College and Oxford College. Unfortunately, it appears some of you are experiencing technical difficulties with the Common Application as you attempt to submit your application, Emory Writing Supplement, and/or application fee payment. We want to assure you we are monitoring the situation carefully. Based on the most recent information that the Common Application has posted on their social media platforms, the main problem appears to be a disruption in the credit card payment system through the third-party vendor the Common Application uses for processing application fees.

We strongly urge any students experiencing technical issues to contact the Common Application Technical Support Team to determine a solution: Please note the Emory University Office of Admission does not administer the Common Application and therefore we are unable to assist directly with any submission or payment issues. If you have contacted Common Application Technical Support, please be patient and allow time for a response from that team.

Due to these technical problems and concerns that these issues may not be fixed within the day, the leadership of the Office of Admission has decided to keep the application submission process open past the 11:59 p.m. ET, January 15 deadline. This means that students who have yet to submit their application to Emory/Oxford due to technical issues will have the ability to still submit their application even if the technical problems continue throughout the day. We still encourage students to submit their application before the end of the day and monitor the Common Application site for a solution to the current problems, but to ease anxiety caused by these technical issues we are providing flexibility with the deadline and extra time for the successful submission of applications.

Check back for further updates as they become available.


1:45 p.m. ET – January 15, 2014

Based on the Common Application’s most recent update, the electronic payment issue has been resolved. They have posted an FAQ the walks applicants through the issue and the submission process for credit card payments:

Hopefully, those of you who were experiencing problems submitting your payment online, can now log back in to your account and submit your application materials to Emory University. For those continuing to  have submission problems, please make sure to use the Common Application support page for assistance:

Check back for further updates as they become available.

11:35 p.m. ET – January 15, 2014

A final update. We have monitored the Common Application throughout the afternoon and evening and it seems that there are no major technical issues anymore. We have decided that we will be processing all online Common Application submissions for our Regular Decision Admission Plan for the entire days of January 15 and January 16. We are allowing online submissions for January 16 (the day following our Regular Decision deadline) because of the technical issues that existed earlier in the day on January 15 and also to cover any time zone issues students had while submitting their materials. Application materials submitted on January 16 will be processed as on-time and one’s chance for admission will not be impacted by being submitted after the deadline. There is no additional follow-up a student needs to send if there application and Writing Supplement show as submitted on January 16.

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