College Decision Day is Michigan's adoption of National College Signing Day, a program of the First Lady's Reach Higher initiative. 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, similar to how the NCAA celebrates college athletes for signing day. Many schools and organizations celebrate their students who are going off to college by hosting a Decision Day event 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 was adopted to :

  • 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

College Decision/ Signing Day


On May 1st, 2015, the Detroit College Access Network hosted the first annual Detroit College Signing Day. This citywide event celebrates seniors who made a decision and completed the steps to pursue a postsecondary education.


Special guests included: Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, James Minor, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs at the Department of Education, Jim Harbaugh, Head Football Coach for the University of Michigan, and Ciara, a singer/model. They came to recognize Detroit’s effort and celebrate with the students for the first ever citywide College Signing Day.


Over 2,000 college bound seniors from 40 Detroit high schools, along with hundreds of educators, counselors, parents, and representatives from postsecondary institutions, colleges, and universities attended the event.

Decision Day 2020

Here is the list of schools that have already signed up for Decision Day 2020! These schools/organizations will be hosting a Decision Day event. To register your school or organization please sign up here.


Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine

Cass Technical High School

Central High School

Cesar Chavez Academy High

Chandler Park Academy High School

Cody High School

Cornerstone Health & Technology High School 

Denby High School

Detroit Collegiate Prep @ Northwestern

Detroit Cristo Rey High School

Detroit International Academy for Young Women 

Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars

Detroit School of Arts

East English Village Preparatory Academy

Frederick Douglass Academy

Hamtramck High School

Henry Ford High School

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy 

Loyola High School

Martin Luther King Jr Senior High School

Mercy High School

Mumford High School 

Oak Park High School 

Osborn High School

Pershing High School

Randolph Career and Technical Center

Renaissance high school

SER Metro YouthBuild Academy

Southeastern High School

Turning Point Academy

University Preparatory Academy 

University Prep Art & Design

University Prep Science & Math high school

Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives

Voyageur College Preparatory High School

WAY Academy East

WAY Michigan

West Side Academy of Information Technology & Cyber Security

Western International High School

Detroit College Access Network

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info@detroitcan.org  |  Tel: 313-600-1827

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