Good news! In past years, the Common Application was not available until August 1 before your Senior year. Starting this year, you can create an account and begin working on your Common Application in June (or earlier), and most of your information will rollover on August 1. For details on what will rollover and what will not, click here. For example, don’t bother working on the individual college supplements because those haven’t yet been updated for Class of 2017! But feel free to enter all of your demographic data, test scores, high school information, etc.
For now, focus on your coursework and exams and on preparing for the SAT or ACT if you are taking it in June. But once Junior year is complete and the SAT and ACT are finished, it is time to at least set up your Common Application account so you can get as much as possible done over the summer. Senior year will be busy enough with your toughest classes, leadership positions in athletics or extracurriculars, and finishing up college visits and essays – completing the Common Application is an easy way to check something off your list while you have more free time!