The system was supposed to close at midnight on January 2. Instead, it started locking students out at midnight on New Year's Eve. University reps say they got it fixed within a few hours and contacted all the students affected by the issue.
"There probably was a higher panic level among kids because it was off-hours when it happened," said University of Illinois associate chancellor for public affairs Robin Kaler. "If it's at midnight and you think it's the deadline, I'm sure that created some anxiety. We don't like that at all so we were glad to be able to tell those kids, 'it's okay and we've got you covered.'"
More than 33,000 people applied to the University of Illinois last year. Only about 7,000 of them ended up on campus. The students applying now will find out if they were accepted by next month and start in the fall.
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