Pre-submission Checklist for Common App

You can find below the pre-submission checklist for Common App that BridgeU has put together to ensure your application process is seamless!

  1. Have you linked your BridgeU and Common App account?
    Ensure you have linked the correct Common App account to BridgeU, and that their information is consistent across both platforms (in particular the Common App ID). To pair your BridgeU and Common App accounts, you can find more details about the setup here. Once your accounts are paired, your school name, postal address and CEEB code will be auto-filled for you in the Education section on Common App.

  2. Have you answered the FERPA status on Common App? 
    Check your Common App to see that you have completed the FERPA. Once you have added your Universities to your Common App, the list of institutions will automatically sync to your BridgeU Applications page.

  3. Requesting Teacher Recommendations must be done through BridgeU
    Once your BridgeU account is set up for the Common App integration, you should be prompted to invite teacher recommenders through BridgeU. Check with your Counsellor if you should be requesting these directly using the BridgeU Recommendations Tool, or if your counsellor will be processing teacher recommendations this on your behalf.

    Please do not invite Teachers or Counsellor Recommenders through the Common App. If you have invited your Teachers or Counsellors on Common App prior to pairing, you will need to remove them from your Common App otherwise it will prevent them from submitting their recommendations via BridgeU. To resolve this, you can manually remove recommendation requests put through your Common App accounts. To do so, go to the trash can icon on your Recommender & FERPA page on the Common App:


If the trash bin icons are not available to you, try hovering over the similar position shown in the screenshot to see if the cursor turns to a clickable cursor. If not, please contact and provide your name/email address/Common App ID (CAID). We will then contact Common App on behalf of you in order to resolve this.

  4. Adding colleges to your application list

You are now ready to add to your universities / colleges list. Take a look at this article to show you how.

Good luck with your applications!


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