rogue Posted January 2, 2010 Share Posted January 2, 2010 I've applied to ten schools, and the design of their online applications ranged from practically flawless to annoying mess. Perhaps this is because I used to design software and websites for a living, but I do have certain expectations regarding user experience. Today, for example, I was trying to finish an app that asked me to list all colleges/universities attended, select from a drop-down which degree was awarded--or "no degree"--and enter a date for the degree. The problem? Although I noted that I did not receive a degree from three of my five schools, I still had to enter a degree date for them! This would've been a simple validation procedure to accept blank date fields when "no degree" was selected, but the developer didn't bother with it. Argh. I finally settled for entering the month and year I last attended each school. Several applications have required that I enter an email address for each recommender, despite saying that hard copy letters were fine. I didn't want my recommenders (who sent me hard copies to include in my packets for each school, because I am a control freak) to be bothered by emails, but I didn't have a choice with some apps. Again, this would've been a simple fix: just add checkboxes to indicate the rec would be a hard copy and not require an email address. Also, I've gotten to the end of a couple apps and been told I had to print something to include in my hard copy packet. Luckily, I was somewhere with a printer and was able to do this, but it would've been nice if there was advance warning about printing something when I started the app. What if I'd been at a coffee shop or something and couldn't print? I know this is kind of petty and I think I'm just easily annoyed at this point, but still... What technical/design annoyances have you stumbled across during the application process? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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