Three Things Recommenders Need to Know About the 2014-15 Common App

The 2014-15 Common Application will launch at 8:00 a.m. ET on August 1. If you are a counselor or teacher who plans to submit online forms through the Common App Recommender system, here are three key pieces of information to help you as you start the year. (If you’re a Naviance counselor, only Number 3 applies.)


1. You need to create a new account. To prepare for the new year, we have removed all accounts created before August 1, 2014. If you try to sign in with last year’s username and password, you’ll see an error message. You’ll be able to create your account as soon as you receive your first Recommender Invitation from an applicant.


2. Don’t use college names in your recommendation letters. The Common App system is designed to be one-and-done for Recommenders. That means you don’t need to resubmit your recommendation every time a student applies to a new college. It also means that every single college will receive the same recommendation.


3. Add <> and <> to your address book or contact list. We know you’ll have questions, and we are here to answer them. Help us make sure our responses don’t end up in your SPAM or Junk folder by adding our support email address to your contact list.