Caitlin Ditto's placement on the wait list at one of her top-choice colleges wasn't her fault: Her high school guidance counselor had failed to fax in her transcript on time.
The Oregon, Ill., native had sought admission to Vanderbilt University, but she was unable to track whether her transcript was sent as the 2010 deadline for regular admission neared.
"If it was something I had more control of, it wouldn't have happened," says Ditto, now a rising junior at Northwestern University.
Electronic transcript initiatives in several states could help give students that control. Kentucky education officials unveiled a program in late July that will allow students to send their transcripts electronically and monitor their delivery — all at no charge.