Common App's One and Done Policy


Review the following information to better understand Common App's One and Done policy and how this simplified process can streamline the submission process for counsellors and recommenders.

Common App has a One and Done Policy that enables Counsellors to complete and submit certain documents once on behalf of the applicant and these will be made available to all Colleges/ Universities that a student has applied to or subsequently applies to. Thus, making the submission process more standardised and efficient to manage. 

Tip: Avoid tailoring the below list of forms to specific Colleges/ Universities to ensure that they remain suitable for all institutions that the student is applying to. 

The documents from the One and Done Policy are as follows:

  • Fee Waivers
  • School Report (including the School Profile and Transcripts that are attached)
  • Counsellor Recommendation
  • Teacher Evaluation (i.e. teacher recommendation)
  • Midyear Report
  • Optional Report 1 
  • Optional Report 2
  • School Final Report 

Note: these documents can only be sent once and you will not be able to change them after they are sent. The submitted version of each form will be made available to Colleges/ Universities that the student applies to.

School Final Reports are typically submitted to Colleges/ Universities when a student is accepted or when a student is accepted AND intends to enrol. 

Teacher Recommendations require some additional action by the Counsellor to assign relevant Colleges/Universities prior to submission. Take a look at How to send out teacher recommendations (Common App specific guide) for more information.                                                                                                                                                                                    

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