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Common App – Preparing for a New Academic Year

Below are details on how to keep your Common App information current.

Account rollover

Every August 1, Common App launches an updated application. During this time, accounts are rolled over for the new application year. This means anyone can create an account and get started, whether you plan to apply soon or in the future. To prepare for the new cycle,  sign in and refresh your Common App accounts.

Learn about account rollover

Many colleges update their questions annually. To avoid losing any information, those who have started working on college-specific questions should sign in before July 26 and follow these steps:

  • Save any responses to college-specific questions or writing supplement questions somewhere outside of Common App, such as.Google Drive or similar.
  • Save counselor, teacher, and other recommender names and emails somewhere outside of Common App. You will need to re-add and re-invite these people if you intend to apply after August 1.

For more details about how account rollover works, check out the Solutions Center for frequently asked questions.

Application refresh dates

Below are the system refresh dates, which will conclude the 2023-2024 application season.

  • The first-year application will close to applicants and recommenders at 5p ET on July 28, 2024.
  • The transfer application will close to applicants and recommenders at 5p ET on July 29, 2024.

Explore Common App

To assist in finding your perfect college, try using Common App’s explore page, where you can browse 1,000+ colleges and universities that accept the Common App, and tailor your search by location, specialization and mission.

First-year and transfer application guides

Find tips and best practices in Common App’s first-year and transfer application guides, designed to help you complete your applications successfully and on time.


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