As more and more of your students create their rollover accounts, we want to make sure that you have all of the information you need to guide them through the process. Here are the responses to the most frequent questions.
My student created an account in the 2016-2017 application. How can they roll that account over?
When your student logs into their account after the August 1 launch of the 2017-2018 application, they will be presented with the registration type options: "First Year" and "Transfer". They'll then be asked to select the year in which they intend to start either their first year or transfer year of college.
What information will roll over?
All information within the Common App tab:
What information will not roll over?
* Answers to college-specific questions
* Recommender invitations
* Forms submitted by recommenders
* Your Release Authorization and FERPA selection
* Responses to questions that have been changed or removed
My student submitted an application last year. Will I still be able to access it?
Submitted applications and recommendation forms are not saved. However, your student can still roll their account over if they would like to apply again. Your student can also change the account type from "First-Year" to "Transfer."
A student wants to use the Common App to apply as a transfer student. Can the already-existing "First- Year" account be used to do so?
If your student applied through the Common App by creating a "First-Year" account, they can change their account to a Transfer account. Note that there are some differences between the First Year application and the Transfer application. Therefore, some of the responses from your First Year application will not be available in the Transfer account.
I am a counselor. Will my recommender forms roll over?
Recommender invitations, assignments, and forms will not roll over. However, recommender accounts will roll over. Upon receiving the first invitation for 2017-2018, recommenders will be able to sign in using the same credentials as 2016-2017. Once signed in, you will find your Profile information populated with responses from the previous year.
We are pleased to share the 2017-2018 Common Application essay prompts with you. The changes you see below reflect the feedback of 108 Common App member colleges and more than 5,000 other Common App constituents, as well as consultation with our advisory committees and Board of Directors. Students represented the single largest share of constituent survey respondents (59%), followed by school counselors (23%), and teachers (11%).
Read: You Have a Story to Tell. Colleges Want to Read It.and The Common App Essay Prompts Are Changing.
We were gratified to learn that 91% of members and 90% of constituents agree or strongly agree that the current prompts are effective. In addition, the narrative comments we received helped us see areas for improvement in three of the prompts. Working in close consultation with the counselors and admission officers on our advisory committees, we revised these prompts in a way that we believe will help students see expanded opportunities for expressing themselves. Those revisions appear in italics. You will also notice two new prompts. The first asks students to share examples of their intellectual curiosity. The second is a return to inviting students to submit an essay on a topic of their choice, reframed to help students understand that they are welcome to draw inspiration from multiple sources, not just their own creativity.
The word limit on the essay will remain at 650.
The goal of these revisions is to help all applicants, regardless of background or access to counseling, see themselves and their stories within the prompts. They are designed to invite unencumbered discussions of character and community, identity, and aspiration. To this end, we will be creating new educational resources to help students both understand and approach the opportunities the essay presents for them.
2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts
1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]
2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]
3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]
4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]
5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]
6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]
7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]