The University of California and California State University extended their admission deadlines on Tuesday after both systems encountered connectivity issues as a student crash rushed against a deadline of 11:59 p.m. to submit their applications.
UC has extended its deadline at 11:59 p.m. on December 1, but students must have started an application by Tuesday to be accepted into the system. Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach and San Luis Obispo also extended their application deadlines to 11:59 a.m. on December 1, and Cal State Fresno, Los Angeles, Pomona, San Diego and San Jose extended their deadlines to December 15. Other campuses had pre-set subsequent submission deadlines.
The two collegiate systems described the issues on Twitter as connectivity issues, but the cause of the outage was not immediately clear – whether the Calibration status application system and the equivalent CPUs were overloaded with traffic or if a different technical issue had affected each.
The problems with the computer system caused panic among students and parents, who shared their concerns on Twitter for clarification.
The portals for both systems for completing applications opened on August 1.
UC admissions officials have been urging students for weeks not to wait until the last minute to submit their applications, noting laptops can die or internet access can be cut.
A college admissions counselor who helps students in San Bernardino County said the Cal State system doesn’t always work perfectly. But this recent problem was particularly stressful for the students.
“Today one of my students had a problem because she was not getting credit for her Spanish course in the right category. So we were working to try to figure that out, and it was next to impossible. The system kept disconnecting her, and when she came back she was missing some relevant information, ”said Julie Scorziell. “It’s a real stress for families. … It’s not fair, it’s a disservice to hard-working California students and students who don’t have access to college counselors.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
Times editor Teresa Watanabe contributed to this report.