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Reminders About the Common Application Process

When submitting their Common Application, students are reminded that the payment and signature processes are two separate steps; both must be completed before the application is sent. A receipt of payment does not indicate completion of the application. The writing supplement must also be submitted separately. The Dashboard and My Colleges pages should clearly indicate that all parts of the application have been submitted.

Colleges generally provide a website where students can track the progress of their applications. If a few weeks have passed since submission and that portal still shows parts of the application missing, students should first speak to their counsellor who may then recommend contacting the admission office directly in order to check on the status of their file.

It is vital for students to realize that self-reporting standardized test scores on an application is insufficient. Students must contact either the CollegeBoard or the ACT in order to send an official score report to all the schools on their list. Even if you intend to take an SAT in January, you must not wait until then to send your first set of scores.