Five Things Recommenders Need to Know About the 2017-2018 Common App

Aug 08, 2017

Five Things Recommenders Need to Know About the 2017-2018 Common App

The 2017-2018 Common Application went live on August 1. Here are five quick tips to keep in mind as you guide your students through the application process. 

1. Take advantage of Common App Ready. This powerful advising tool - a series of ready-to-use, downloadable materials - was created with you and your students in mind. If you haven't taken a moment to look at the latest updates to Common App Ready, this is a great time to do so. We've made the interface easier to navigate to find the resources you need, and added Spanish language resources to meet the needs of students for whom Spanish is the primary language spoken at home. 

2. Recommender Enhancements.  We recognize that students seek and receive guidance on the college application process from a wide and diverse array of resources. This year, advisors from community-based organizations will be able to manage their caseload and view student progess within the Common App system. 

3. Know what to expect from the Common App this year. In case you missed it, we have a detailed recorded webinar, What's New With the Common App, that walks you through the information you need to guide your students - including Courses & Grades, Google Drive integration, the Recommender invitation process, and more. The slides from the webinar are also available to you to use and share at your own pace. 

4. Support is here. As always, the quality support you've come to expect is still available to you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Reach out to us directly whenever you or your students need help. And don't forget to add to your email address book!

5. Don't forget to sign up for the Common App counselor e-newsletter. Stay updated with news on resources, events and more! You can always stay updated through our social media accounts as well. Connect with us using #CommonApp and follow us at @CommonApp on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Check out Five Tips for Applicants and Five Tips for Parents when using this year's Common App!