Pre-Submission Checklist for CommonApp

  1. Ensure that Common App and Parchment are enabled for your school
    If you are not sure whether they are enabled, contact our Support team at or via the Live Chat and they will confirm this for you. Alternatively, check out this article with step-by-step guidance.

  2. Make sure your 2024 students have added all of their chosen universities to their applications list on BridgeU. Your Document sending interface updates according to this information.

  3. Check that your students are ready to send Common App applications. Send them this pre-submission checklist.

  4. Watch our Document Sending training webinars. The recordings are available on the BridgeU Community >Events > Past Events or you can CLICK HERE to be taken straight to them. 

  5. Remember: support is at hand for everything you need! We are always available on live chat or contact us via email at to answer any questions from you, your students or their parents.


Top tips when sending documents

  1. Be aware of Common App's One and Done Policy

  2. Complete the School Report and School Profile 
    You can complete these in BridgeU settings. For more instructions on how to do so, please follow these steps

  3. Ensure documents are in PDF format, no larger than 2MB and are not encrypted
    Documents can only be sent to Common App as a PDF, and no larger than 2 MB. Please also make sure documents are not encrypted. You can compress PDF documents if they are too large, ask your Customer Success Manager for tips on how to do so.

  4. Do NOT send recommendation letters through the Common App
    The Common App does not allow the same email address to be used by staff members across both platforms. If you have sent any documents through the Common App this document sending season, please either update your email address on BridgeU, or email us/the Common App Support to change your email address on their portal.

  5. Use your own email address rather than a shared one
    Similarly,  teachers and counselors should use their own email address rather than a shared department email address. This is useful for avoiding different names coming up when tracking recommendation letters.

You can find the checklist to download on the BridgeU Community HERE and more Document Sending Tips for the 2023-2024 season!

If you have any questions, need further assistance or have some general feedback for us - we’d love to hear from you! Contact our Support team via Live Chat and by emailing

You can also ask our BridgeU Community, a space exclusively for our BridgeU counsellors to ask questions, share insights, provide feedback and get help not just from BridgeU, but directly from other BridgeU counsellors.


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