(CNN) - It is a stressful time of year for high school seniors - college application time. One of things that should make applying easier is doing the opposite.
The so-called "Common App," used by hundreds of universities, is now online-only, and rife with technical glitches.
And the deadline is fast approaching.
For this year's crop of college seniors, there's even more delays than usual. A website designed to make the whole process easier is plagued by glitches like login errors, lagging credit card payments and delayed applications.
The Common Application was designed to let students apply to multiple schools by filling out a single application. This year, the Common App retired its paper version and went exclusively online. And that's when the problems began.
Just ask Daniel Wolfe, who was visiting catholic university in Washington.
"It can be a little stressful knowing that they're having technical problems," he said.
And Wolfe is not alone.
Common App estimates that this year about 800,000 students will submit millions of applications to more than 500 schools, from Alaska Pacific University to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and even Harvard. Common App was supposed to make an already stressful college application process less frantic.
"The kids who are applying want to make sure their applications get in on a timely manner and look good. And so far they're having problems with that and it's stressing them out," Nancy Griesemer, a college admissions consultant said.
One part of Common App that is working well is their Facebook page. Here students and parents are venting their frustration.
Common App did not respond to multiple interview requests, but in a statement to CNN, they said, "As we approach the busy deadline season, we are fully committed to ensuring complete and timely review of applications for all common application members."
But at Catholic University, they've gone old school, retreating to the basement to scan hundreds of applications into their system.
"Universities around the country rely on the common app so we're on their side we need them to fix this," Dean of Admissions Christine Mica said.
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