Can essays be submitted later?

<p>Can an essay be submitted at a later date when using the Common Application or does the system force you to complete that section when initially applying?</p>

<p>I doubt you can actually submit the app without uploading an essay, but you can save it in progress and upload the essay later. I've filled out everything else but, because I haven't finished my essay, haven't uploaded that yet.</p>

<p>You cannot submit the Common App Online without uploading an essay.</p>

<p>^second that.</p>