The most stressful part of getting to these campuses is the dreaded college application process. It's a ritual so fraught with anxiety that it's become a cultural touchstone.
This year's crop of college seniors, are dealing with a website designed to make the whole process easier but its plagued by glitches like login errors, lagging credit card payments and delayed applications.
The Common Application was designed to let students apply to multiple schools by filling out a single application.
This year, the common app retired its paper version and went exclusively online. And that's when the problems began.
"It can be a little stressful knowing that they're having technical problems," says high school senior Daniel Wolfe.
Common app estimates this year about 800,000 students will submit millions of applications to more than 500 schools, from Alaska Pacific University to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and even Harvard.
"The kids who are applying want to make sure their applications get in on a timely manner and look good. And so far they're having problems with that and it's stressing them out," says Nancy Griesemer, college admissions consultant.
One part of common app that is working well, their Facebook page. Here students and parents are venting their frustration:
"My daughter still cannot login. Help!!! please"
Common App did not respond to multiple interview requests, but in a statement to CNN, they said: "As we approach the busy deadline season, we are fully committed to ensuring complete and timely review of applications for all Common Application members."
But at Catholic University, they've gone old school, retreating to the basement to scan hundreds of applications into their system.