College Decision Day


May 1, 2014


About Decision Day  Available Resources   2014 Host Sites


Want to see how students celebrated Decision Day 2014? Check out this highlight reel using Storify to feature Tweets, photos and conversations across social networks. 

What is Michigan’s College Decision Day?
The goal of College Decision Day is to recognize high school seniors for their postsecondary plans and encourage younger students and families to prepare early for postsecondary education. College Decision Day is held annually on or around May 1 and is designed to coincide with the date that most seniors must inform a college of their plans to enroll.

College Decision Day is inspired by the NCAA's National Signing Day to reinforce that excellence in the classroom should be given as much pomp and circumstance as excellence as an athlete. NCAA's National Signing Day is when high school seniors sign a letter of intent to play sports at a specific college. Traditionally players participate in press conferences to announce their intentions. Our goal is to mimic this excitement for ALL students going to college.

Romulus Senior walkMichigan’s College Decision Day is a new statewide initiative. For several years the National College Advising Corps has been hosting a National Decision Day event. Since 2011, the National College Advising Corps members in Michigan have been working diligently in their high schools to implement a Decision Day event. In addition, many counselors have hosted similar activities. The Michigan College Access Network has watched various high schools host College Decision Day activities in isolation. However, the initiative has never had statewide attention or the resources available to help others schools quickly and easily adopt. College Decision Day addresses the gap between college application rates and enrollment rates among our students, and the complicated process for officially enrolling in college.

Michigan is trending in the right direction in college readiness and college enrollment among our low-income students.  Between 2002 and 2012, Michigan’s college participation rate for low-income students increased by 22.4%, ranking Michigan 4th among all states! In 2012, Michigan’s college participation for low-income students was 47.9%, ranking Michigan 8th among all states. We believe elevating an initiative like College Decision Day will celebrate this achievement and help ensure we continue to move the needle.

Why Host College Decision Day?

  • To recognize all students for their postsecondary plans
  • To encourage and remind students it’s time to make a decision
  • To support the best match and fit for each student
  • To influence younger students as they prepare for college
  • To support a college-going culture and wrap up the school year with a celebration

Expectations of Host Sties
While each school must decide for itself the benefit of hosting Decision Day and will organize an event that meets the needs of the school, at a minimum it is our goal to see host sites create an event that fulfills the following.

  • Recognizes ALL students for their postsecondary plans (2-yr, 4-yr, military, postsecondary certificate)
  • Recognition to happen in front of the entire student body
  • Contact local media – encourage publicity beyond the high school building
  • Have fun! 


Want to know more about Michigan's College Decision Day?
Watch this informational webinar to learn more about this new initiative, how to get involved and steps for implementing Decision Day at your high school.  MCAN Consultant, Lisa King, explains what the event is, how some counselors and college advisors are currently making it happen, and how they got the broader school and/or community involved in the event. 
Webinar recording
Download PPT presentation


Available Resources:

Site Coordinator Resource Manual 

Decision Day videos

 Logos and images


College Decision Day - Host Sites

Register your high school as an official host site by April 1, 2014 - click here

List of registered high schools. This list will be updated weekly based on the new event submissions received. - click here

 Decision Day - host site list button

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