Four Tips for Counselors as Deadlines Approach

Dec 07, 2016

Four Tips for Counselors as Deadlines Approach

With so many early deadlines in the rearview mirror, it's easy to forget that the majority of applications we'll see this year haven't been submitted yet. So, with an eye toward January 1 and beyond, we offer these important reminders.

Students must submit a Common Application to a college before that college is able to download your submitted forms. About 75% of Common App member colleges offer students more than one option for applying. With so many choices, it's critically important that your students let you know which application they plan to use. If you (or your teachers) submit Common App forms but your student decides to use a different application, the college will have no way to access those forms. 

Avoid mentioning specific colleges in your letters. The Common App Recommender System is a one-and-done process: you complete and submit a form once, and we make sure that form gets sent to all colleges to which your student applies. For this reason, while it might be tempting to discuss how well suited your student is for a particular college or university, it also means that every other school will read that recommendation. (This does not apply to counselors and teachers submitting through Naviance eDocs.)

We are here for you and your students, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In a couple weeks, you'll begin a well-deserved break. But we know you have a lot of work to do before 2016 comes to a close, and we're ready to help you end the year strong. Visit our Solutions Center at any time to get help with whatever questions you have.

PSAT scores are out, and you know what that means. We know: even before you put the senior class to bed, some juniors (and their parents) are eager to get started. Now, thanks to Account Rollover, they can. Applying to college is a senior year activity, but exploring the application is something your juniors can do today, with just a little direction from you and the training resources at Common App Ready.