Common App Final Report

The Common App final report is a report submitted by a high school counselor to a college or university that has accepted the college-bound high school teen and has chosen by him or her to enroll in. As the name suggests, the final report is the very last report that a high school counselor has to submit throughout the college application cycle.

Wondering why the college you are about to attend wants a final report? Keep reading.

This post is all about this document that your high school counselor will have to fill out as well as submit to the postsecondary institution whose offer to matriculate you just grabbed.

Final Report vs. School Report: What’s the Difference?

The final report is the last report a high school counselor sends to a college, in particular the institution in which the student will go to.

So, in other words, it is sent to a school that the student will enroll in. The school report, on the other hand, is the first report a high school counselor sends to a college even before it admits the student.

Both the final report and the school report are accomplished by a high school counselor.

Throughout the college admissions process, your high school counselor is tasked with submitting a number of documents, which can vary from one institution to the next.

In most instances, many of those, particularly various reports from an applicant’s high school required by colleges will not be made accessible by the Common App without the school report being accomplished first — as already mentioned, it’s the first report a high school counselor must complete and submit to colleges to which a student is applying.

Some of the pieces of information in the school report include how the high school reports class rank (exact, decile, quintile, quartile and none) and how the GPA is reported (the scale used and whether weighted or unweighted).

In contrast, the final report is the last report a high school counselor must complete and submit to colleges.

Another difference between the said reports is that the school report is submitted to all colleges and universities that the high school student is applying to, while the final report is submitted to the institution the college-bound teen is matriculating in. So, in other words, it is sent only to the school whose offer to enroll is accepted by the student.

Submission Deadlines

The deadline for the submission of the final report can vary from college to college.

When the high school counselor should submit will depend on whether or not the high school student has received all admissions decisions as well as whether or not the student has decided on which college he or she will attend.

Earlier, we talked about the key differences between the final report and the school report.

Most colleges and universities do not have a hard deadline for the submission of the school report. However, it’s best for it to be submitted by high school counselors before they submit the midyear report — there is also usually no hard deadline for the submission of the midyear report, although colleges expect to receive it in mid-January or early February.

So, to put it in another way, the school report is one of the earlier documents that high schools have to send to colleges and universities to which their junior or senior students are applying.

The submission of the final report usually has no hard deadline, too.

As a matter of fact, high school counselors can take their time when accomplishing the final report, whether via the Common App or Coalition App. That’s because it’s something that they should submit only after the high school student has received all admissions decision notifications from all institutions that he or she applied to.

Particularly, the only time high school counselors should send the final report is after the college-bound teener has made up his or her mind as to which admitting colleges he or she will matriculate in.

It’s also not uncommon for high school counselors to fill out the final report and send it to the institution the student intends to enroll in if accepted from the waitlist — based on a US News report, the average percentage of students admitted off the waitlist across the 90 plus ranked national universities is 39%.

Before your high school counselor sends your final report, make up your mind.

See to it that you are 100% certain of the admitting college that you will be attending. That’s because once your final report has been submitted by means of the Common App, other documents will no longer be available to submit via the said platform for that particular college applications cycle, including the following:

  • Counselor recommendation
  • Midyear report
  • Optional reports

What Details are in the Common App Final Report?

The Common App final report is made up of 2 sections: the student section and the counselor section.

The counselor section consists of various parts, including counselor details and school details as well as class rank and GPA.

The student section of the Common App final report is filled out by the student instead of the counselor.

Prior to your high school counselor completing and sending the Common App final report to the college or university you will be attending, it’s a must that you accomplish the student section first.

Afterward, it should be completed by the counselor or another high school official.

In this part of this post, we’ll take a look at the different sections of the Common App final report.

The student section, as the name suggests, is the section that you should fill out yourself. It should be trouble-free for you to complete once you have your Common App ID.

Here are the details that you will have to provide when accomplishing the student section:

  • Legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Common App ID (CAID)
  • Address
  • Current or most recent high school
  • College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) code

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The counselor section of the Common App final report, meanwhile, consists of the following sections:

  • Counselor details
  • School details
  • Class rank
  • GPA

Last but not least is the summary section of the Common App final report, which consists of the following 3 questions answerable with a yes or no, of course, answered by your high school counselor:

  1. Did or will the student graduate as anticipated this year?
  2. Have there been any changes to the senior year courses sent with the original school report?
  3. Do you wish to update your original evaluation of this applicant?

Should your high school counselor answer the last 2 questions with a yes, he or she must attach an explanation.

Related Questions

What Will Happen If the Final Report is Not Submitted on Time?

The ability of a student to matriculate to a college or university that has admitted him or her may be affected if his or her final report isn’t received by the institution on time. The high school counselor should see to it to link the student’s final report to Parchment (if submitting via the Common App) or Scoir (if submitting via the Coalition) App on or before the deadline.

Can Admitted Students Self-Report Their Final Grades?

At some colleges, accepted students may self-report their final grades. At the University of Wisconsin – Madison, for instance, first-year students may log in to their MyUW accounts to enter their final grades as they appear on their transcripts. The institution indicates that inaccurate reporting of one’s final grades may be a cause for the revocation of admission.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the College Reality Check.

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