Seniors will have the opportunity to submit a bulk of their college applications online, rather than submitting hand-written work, starting in fall of 2013.

“We’ve been wanting to do this for years,” said Palo Alto High School college adviser Sandra Cernobori. “We’re always striving to make the applications simpler for both students and teachers and we’re constantly looking for new ways to improve the process. We felt that now was the right time.”

The purpose of this change was to make the process easier and to decrease paperwork for both students and advisers.

One of the benefits of this change is that students who apply using the Common Applications no longer have to provide copies of secondary schools reports to Paly or the National Association for College Admission Counseling, according to Cernobori.

Students are no longer required to turn in school form packets and teacher advisers can now compute forms online, taking all the heavy paperwork out of the process.

According to Cernobori, these new changes will not affect any of the time constrictions and students will still have to order transcripts by school-established deadlines. They will also still be required to turn in their packets and list of requested schools to their advisers on time.