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What's the process for submitting reference letters with the Common App?

Hey, I'm trying to understand how to submit reference letters along with my Common App. Can someone explain how the process works? I want to make sure my teachers know what to do and everything goes smoothly.

7 months ago

Sure, I'd be happy to help! The process for submitting reference letters with the Common App is straightforward for both students and teachers. Here's a step-by-step guide on how it works:

1. Invite your recommenders: You'll first need to invite your teachers or other recommenders in the recommendations section of your Common App. Go to the "Recommenders and FERPA" section under each college on your list. Click on "Invite Recommender" and fill out the required information, including their first name, last name, email, and relationship (e.g., teacher, counselor).

2. FERPA Release Authorization: In the same section, there will be a FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) release authorization for you to complete. This allows your recommenders to submit their letters securely and without violating any privacy policies. Colleges also prefer when students waive their FERPA rights since the letters are considered more genuine if the student hasn't seen them.

3. Recommenders receive an email: Once you invite your recommenders, the Common App will send them an email with a link and instructions on how to create an account. They'll need to set up a Common App Recommender account to submit their letter on your behalf.

4. Teacher uploads their letter: Your teacher will then write your letter and upload it to the Common App Recommender system as a PDF or Word document. Their account will also allow them to view the colleges you're applying to and track the submission status of their letter.

5. Track submission status: In your Common App account, you can check the submission status of your teachers' letters in the "Recommenders and FERPA" section. Once submitted, you will see a green checkmark next to the recommender's name.

6. Application submission: When you submit your application to the respective colleges, the recommendation letters will be automatically sent along with your other materials.

Remember to give your teachers ample time to write a thoughtful and meaningful letter (ideally a few months before the deadline). You may also want to provide them with information about your accomplishments and goals to help them craft a more personalized letter. Good luck with your applications!

7 months ago

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