how to link common app and naviance

How To Link Common App and Naviance

How to link Common App and Naviance

Preface: Knowing how to link Common App and Naviance is important because that’s how your school sends your transcript and approves you for a fee waiver. Know that you still have to add your colleges to Naviance even if you aren’t using Common App. Know that you don’t have to link Naviance to your Coalition App but you do have to link Common App and Naviance. If you’re interested, you can read my guide about how to waive your application fee for college here. Without further ado, let’s get into how to link Common App App and Naviance!

How to link Common App and Naviance

All colleges listed in your Common App Account will automatically sync in the “Colleges I’m Applying to” section in Naviance when you complete the Common App Account Matching. Refer to this video for assistance if you are applying via the Common App:

If you are NOT applying via Common App, follow these steps to add:

1. From Naviance Student, navigate to Colleges > Colleges I’m applying to.

2. Click the Add button (Pink Plus) in the upper right

3. Use the dropdown to select which college you are applying to. Begin typing the school to see potential matches.

4. Use the dropdown to select the App Type (regular, early decision, etc.).

5. Use the dropdown to select how you will submit your application or use the check box to indicate it’s already been submitted.

6. Finally, select Add Application. Now the college is added to your Colleges I’m Applying To section.

How to request a letter of recommendation from your teacher in Naviance | How to link Common App and Naviance

Not every college uses Naviance. For example, for MIT you just request your recommendation letters by putting the emails of your teachers and counselor in MIT’s special application portal. However, if a college does use Naviance your school counselor will send your transcript and counselor recommendation letter via Naviance. Your teacher recommendations will also send your recommendations via Naviance. You need to select the teachers who you want to recommend you via Naviance. The steps to do this are as follows:

  1. In your Naviance, select “Colleges,” then “Letters of Recommendation”Naviance college application proces
  2. Click on “Add Request”
  3. Select the teacher(s) from whom you would like a recommendation, add a personal note, and then select “Submit Request”
  4. Your teacher will receive an automatic email notification of your request!

Getting an optional letter of recommendation

If you want to submit an optional letter of recommendation, such as from an employer or coach, they won’t submit their recommendation in Naviance. You can either invite the “other recommender” on Common App, or have your recommender send the LOR directly to the college via email or mail. 


Complete a blag sheet in Naviance for your rec letters

This is not a step in how to link Common App Naviance, but your teachers and counselors might want you to complete some sort of brag sheet in Naviance where you basically tell them your extracurriculars. They will use this when completing your letter of recommendation for college. You can find the brag sheet your school assigned you by clicking “Surveys from your school”

Naviance college application process

Then you’ll be on this page. For me, my brag sheet was called “Lane senior info sheet”:

Naviance college application process



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