As is its annual practice, Common App shuts down for a week during the summer at which time it updates its website (and archived old accounts prior to the introduction of the Common App Rollover last year). Yesterday, Common App announced that they are shortening that period of time down to four days - from July 27th to July 30th - relaunching as usual on August 1st, 2018.
Rising seniors who just can't wait till August 1st to begin their college application process can create their Common App accounts before July 27th and be assured that all their information will rollover. When the Common App will again be accessible, students will be able to apply to over 800 colleges and universities from this one application.
Last year the Common App introduced the Common App Ready Tool Kit, streamlined the courses and grades section of the application, created Google Drive Integration, and didn't change the college essay prompts.
For the 2018-2018 application season the essay prompts will remain the same, and the privacy policies have been updated to reflect the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new European Union data protection law.