College Decision Day

What is College Decision Day?

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.


College Decision Day is Michigan's adoption of National College Signing Day, a program of the First Lady's Reach Higher initiative. The goals of National College Signing Day are:

  • To encourage community leaders, schools, celebrities, and nonprofit and advocacy groups to host a “Reach Higher College Signing Day” to support students planning to attend and graduate from college.

  • To celebrate ALL students and their commitment to complete their education beyond high school.


The goal of College Decision Day is to recognize high school seniors for their postsecondary educational 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.

Why host College Decision Day?

The following are some reasons why you should host College Decision Day in your school:

  • 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


Please review the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) website for additional resources to support you with hosting College Decision Day in your school.

College Decision Day 2019

These high schools registered their College Decision Day 2019 celebration. Thank you for participating and supporting your students postsecondary plans!

April 30

University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy

May 1

Dcp@Northwestern H.S.

Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars

Oak Park High School

Ben Carson

Western High School

Universal Academy

Frontier International Academy

Loyola High School

May 2

Cody High School

Cornerstone Health & Technology HS

May 3

Chandler Park Academy High School

Detroit Cristo Rey

Frederick Douglass Academy

Henry Ford Academy; School for Creative Studies

DEPSA Early College of Excellence

Communication Media Arts High Schools

May 6

Detroit School of Arts

Davis Aerospace Technical High School @ Golightly Career & Technical Center

May 8

Randolph Career and Technical Center

MLK Jr Senior High School

May 9

Henry Ford High School

Osborn High School

May 10

Voyageur College Prep High School

Cass Technical High School

Hamtramck High School

West Side ITCS

May 17

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Pershing High School

East English Village Preparatory Academy

May 20

Renaissance High School

May 21

Old Redford Academy

May 23

University Prep Science & Math High School

May 16

Detroit International Academy for Young Women


College Decision Day 2018

These high schools registered their College Decision Day celebrations. You can register your school HERE

April 11, 2018

Wayne Memorial High School

April 26, 2018

Everett High School

April 27, 2018

Grand Ledge High School

Owosso High School

Melvindale High School

Whiteford High School

April 30, 2018

May 1, 2018

Bellaire High School
Clintondale High School
West Ottawa High School
Old Redford Academy Preparatory High School
Galesburg-Augusta High School
Ypsilanti Community High School
Monroe High School
Lansing Eastern High School
Hudsonville High School
Buchanan High School
Addison High School
Tecumseh High School
Detroit Cristo Rey High School
Detroit School of Arts
Loyola High School
Howell High School
Shelby High School
Byron Area High School
Mayville High School
Hamilton J. Robichaud High School
Allendale High School
Hillsdale High School
Jenison High School
Battle Creek Central High School
Lake City High School
Mesick High School
Summit Academy North High School

May 2, 2018

Maple Valley Jr-Sr High School

Wilson Talent Center

Lakeland High School

Corunna High School

Charlotte High School

Benjamin Carson HS of Science and Medicine

Manistee Catholic Central School


Jonesville High School

Litchfield High School

Henry Ford Academy

May 3, 2018

East Kentwood High School 

Ionia High School

North Adams-Jerome High School

May 4, 2018

Carrollton High School

Wyoming High School

Avondale Academy

Clawson High School

Inland Lakes Secondary School

Lapeer High School

Montague High School

Cass Technical High School

Cornerstone Health + Technology High School

JC/LISD Academy: A Regional Middle College and LISD TECH Center


Ludington High School

John Glenn High School

Sand Creek High School 

Oscoda Area High School

Oakridge High School

Allen park high school

Chandler Park Academy High School

Voyageur College Prep

May 5, 2018

Bad Axe High School

Taylor Preparatory High School​​

May 7, 2018

Comstock High School

Oscar A. Carlson High School

Davis Aerospace Technical High School @ Golightly Career & Technical Center

Alcona High School

May 8, 2018

Portland High School

Henry Ford High School

May 9, 2018

Eastpointe High School

Birch Run High School

May 10, 2018

J.W. Sexton High School

Stockbridge Junior/Senior High School

University Prep Science & Math High School

May 11, 2018

Bullock Creek High School

Center Line High School

Waverly High School

Freeland High School 

Pellston Middle/High Schools

Vestaburg High School

Hastings High School

North Branch High School

Holton High School 

Carsonville-Port Sanilac

Romulus High School

Trillium Academy

Coleman Jr/Sr High School

Muskegon Heights Academy

Newaygo High School

May 15, 2018

Port Huron High School

Delton Kellogg High School

May 16, 2018

Waterford Kettering High School

Pinconning Area High School

May 17, 2018

Lincoln Senior High School

East English Village Preparatory Academy

Way Academy

Meridian Early College High School

Onekama High School

Plainwell High School

May 18, 2018

Columbia Central High

Fennville high school

Grass Lake High School

Brethren High School

Grant High School

Camden-Frontier Schools

Ida High School

Webberville High School

Pinckney Community High School

Ecorse Community High School

Saginaw High School

Woodhaven High School

May 21, 2018

Bridgman High School

Muskegon High School 

May 22, 2018

Hartland High School

May 23, 2018

CASMAN Alternative Academy

May 24, 2018

Whitehall High School

Hesperia High School

Petoskey High School

Reeths-Puffer High School

Greenville High School

May 25, 2018

Mancelona High School

Three Rivers High School 

2016 Detroit College Signing Day

This year, we are asking every high school in the city to host a College Decision Day event at their school on or around April 26. To participate, wear your college gear on April 26th and reach out to the high school you attended or a high school in your neighborhood to volunteer and support a Detroit Decision Day near you.

2015 Detroit College Signing Day

On May 1, 2015, the Detroit College Access Network, (DCAN) hosted the first citywide Detroit College Signing Day (DCSD) to celebrate seniors in Detroit who made the decision and completed the steps to pursue a postsecondary degree. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, James Minor, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, Jim Harbaugh, Head Football Coach-University of Michigan, and Ciara, singer/model, traveled to Detroit for the event to recognize Detroit’s efforts and to celebrate Detroit’s first-ever citywide College Signing Day.


Over 2,000 college bound seniors who attend more than 40 Detroit high schools (DPS, EAA, charters, and private schools) along with hundreds of educators, counselors, parents, and representatives from postsecondary institutions, colleges, and universities attended the event.


DCSD was Detroit’s adaptation of the National College Signing Day, a program of the White House’s Reach Higher initiative. Inspired by the NCAA’s National Signing Day, DCSD reinforced that excellence in the classroom and a student’s commitment to pursuing postsecondary education should be as equally celebrated as athletic excellence.