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Decision Day

What is 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.

Michigan’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.

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