The Common App has a grace period to account for time zones and in case there are technical problems, but I strongly encourage you to hit submit before that final hour. There is obviously a lot of traffic on the Common App servers during these final hours and while I'm sure they can handle it, I can imagine the panic you'd feel if your internet connection cut out with minutes to go.
Once you submit all three parts of your application (the Common App, Supplement, and payment must be submitted for anything to be sent to us from the Common App system), it will take a couple days of processing to prompt a login email for UVa's Student Information System (SIS) to be sent to you. The email is coming from firstname.lastname@example.org. Add that address to your contact list so the email doesn't go into your junk/spam folder. Just follow the directions in the email and log into our system successfully. You can do it!
When you log in to UVa's SIS for the first time, scroll to the bottom of the main page and become familiar with the different areas of the status page.
Don't be alarmed by your to-do list at this time.Credentials may be in our system, but not yet linked to your file. It may take a couple weeks to get through all the applications submitted in these last few days, so please be patient! If your transcript arrived a while ago, it was scanned and put in a miscellaneous credentials file. A script and/or a staff member must link that transcript to your newly submitted application. This can take a little time.
We will contact you when we are through the bulk of the processing if we are still missing documents. Do not send duplicates of any credentials unless we contact you asking for them. Don't worry about those status pages right now.
Good luck, everyone!