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09/11/2020 at 04:26PM

Letter of Recommendation on Common APP?

Hi, I am extremely confused on how letters of recommendations work on common app. I have asked two different counselors in my school and they each told me something different. On Common App under "My Colleges", when you click an individual school it will ask to invite recommenders. Will that letter be for all the schools on my common app account or will it just be for that Individual school? Also what does "would you like your teacher to complete an evaluation for you" mean?

@adri09/12/2020 at 12:10AM

So far, what I've noticed is my letters of rec have appeared for 2 of the colleges I'm applying to but not the other 3 on the common app... I will come back to this question soon.

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09/12/2020 at 01:59AM

Teacher evaluation - what is better known as a standard letter of recommendation from your teacher that talks about how you are as a student (academic abilities, attitude in class, etc.). These do not need to be specifically written for each school you're applying to, rather your teacher can use the same one for every school you ask them to recommend you for. When you invite your teacher, Common App will send them a link to upload their letter of recommendation into Common App.

Ultimately, your counselors or teachers will submit the exactl same letter/report for every school you apply to. Once your recommender submits your recommendation into the Common App system, it's sent to all the colleges you've added to your "My Colleges". When I invited my counselor for one school, it automatically assigned them to the other schools in the "My College" section. The best policy is to double check if your recommenders are assigned for each individual school, as you can manually add them if necessary.

"Important note: The Common App for recommenders is a one-and-done process. That means that once you submit a form, it’s sent to all the colleges you’re assigned to. That’s why it’s important not to customize your forms for a specific institution. "

This ^ quote is from a Common App article about how they advise counselors and teachers to write and submit their letters (this quote is from the "Submit Forms" sections towards the bottom of the page)

Here's the link:

Hope this helps! Let me know if you need more clarification.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@sdjuric209/12/2020 at 02:08AM

Thank you so much for the explanation. Just so I am clear: if I invite one teacher to write a letter of recommendation it will show up as a recommendation for the all schools on my common app account?

@DebaterMAX09/12/2020 at 02:20AM

@sdjuric it will not be locked in but wIll be available as an option to submit for all schools. I believe there is a check box that confirms you want to sub that rec letter. Hope this helps.

@mb5609/12/2020 at 02:40AM

From my experience - counselors are added to your schools automatically (at least for the ones where a counselor report is mandatory), you have to manually add teachers for each individual school (you only have to input their contact info into Common App for your first school, then you just have to click their name on subsequent schools). Again, I'd recommend double checking all your colleges to make sure you have added the required recommenders!

@adri09/12/2020 at 05:48PM

My school uses Naviance and I'm having an issue where Naviance says my LOR was submitted to all colleges, but the common app only says that 2 of the 5 colleges on there have gotten it.

@mrch512/23/2020 at 08:48PM

So if I am applying to 25 colleges, my recommender will have to fill each of the 25 schools links,or is there an option for him to fill it only once and use it for every school?