Set Up a Teacher 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, students send requests for application documents to educators in Xello. As a teacher, you'll receive requests for Teacher Evaluations.

Once you receive your first request via email, you'll need to create a teacher profile. You only need to complete the teacher profile one time, and you can edit it at any point. It will be included with every letter you send.

After your profile is complete, you can begin filling out Teacher Evaluations.

To set up a teacher profile for Common App in 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 Teacher to begin filling out your profile.
  5. Complete the form and click Done.
    • In case you wish to pause and return later, clicking Done will save your work.
    • A banner at the top of the page indicates success.
  6. Your profile can be edited at any time. From the student requests page, click Edit Profile to make changes.

Check out the video below to see how to set up a teacher profile and complete teacher evaluations.

Common App Teacher Recommender 2:12

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