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Common App crashed - what happens to my application?

Okay, totally stressing out here. I was working on my Common App and it just crashed on me. What happens to all my information now? Do I need to start over or does it save automatically? Any advice would be great right now.

8 months ago

First off, take a deep breath—I understand how stressful this can be, but don't worry too much just yet. The Common App is known to save your progress automatically as you fill out your application. This means it's likely that most, if not all, of your information is still intact.

To check, log back into your account once the website is back up and go to the section you were working on when it crashed. You should see most of your entries as you left them. If for some reason the information didn't save, you'll need to re-enter it. But remember, this is rare.

In the future, consider typing your essays and longer responses in a word processor or Google Docs first. That way, you'll have a backup copy that's saved separately from the Common App platform. Plus, it gives you the additional benefit of a more robust spellcheck and grammar check. Once you're satisfied with your writing, you can then copy and paste it into the application. And don't hesitate to reach out to the Common App's support team if you encounter any further issues—they're there to help!

8 months ago

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