Set Up a Counselor Profile for Common App

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Common App has teamed up with Xello to make supporting your students with their college applications easier. For colleges that work with Common App, you’ll be able to do everything from Xello.

Students will send a request through Xello to an educator. To counselors, they request their Counselor Forms (including their Transcript) are sent. For teachers, they request a Teacher Evaluation (sometimes known as a recommendation letter) is completed.

On your end, you receive notification of their requests via email. From the link in the email, you’re directed to the Xello login page. After signing in, you'll land on the student request page.

Once you’ve received your first request from a student, you’ll need to set up your counselor profile. You'll only need to complete this profile one time. When you send forms for your students, this profile is included.

After completing the profile, Common App is integrated with your Xello account.

To integrate Common App with Xello:

  1. From the student email request you received, click Sign In to open the Xello log in page. If you use single sign-on (SSO) at your school, access your Xello account as you normally would.
    noteNote: If you haven't logged in to Xello before, click Having trouble signing in? and follow the directions to retrieve access. Once you've logged in you'll land on the dashboard. To get to the student request page: under Features, click College Planning and select Common App
  2. After logging in, you’ll land on the list of student requests.
  3. In the banner at the top of the page, click Create Profile.
  4. Click School Counselor to begin filling out your profile.
  5. Fill out the form and click Done.
    • In case you wish to pause and return later, clicking Done will save your work.
TipTip: Your profile can be edited at any time. From the student request page, click Edit Profile to make any changes.

Check out this video for more information on Xello's integration with Common App.

Common App Integration for Counselors 2:19

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Additional Resources

  • pdfPDF
    PDFCommon App Guide
  • pdfPDF
    PDFStudent Guide for Common App and Xello
  • live webinarRecorded WEbinar
    Recorded WebinarXello and Common App 101
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