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College admissions: Common Application officials say changes should prevent future problems

WASHINGTON - Creators of the Common Application for college admissions say they have made changes that should prevent snags that vexed the high school class of 2014.

The Common Application is accepted by more than 500 colleges and universities and allows students to apply to multiple schools at once.

But new technology created headaches when it was rolled out last year. Some students couldn't submit an application or had problems in other areas.

Officials say they've hired a new interim CEO, conducted a review of what went wrong and put internal checks in place.

Because of the problems, many colleges and universities extended application deadlines and some began accepting competing application programs.

About 750,000 students submitted more than 3 million applications last year using the Common Application.

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