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

This year we had over 40 Detroit high schools signed up to host a Decision Day Celebration to highlight their seniors postsecondary decisions. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 and unexpected school closures these celebrations could not take place. Some schools converted events to virtual formats and still made a way to celebrate students by any means. 

In response, DCAN decided to host our 1st every virtual Decision Day event to make sure that seniors across the city of Detroit were still celebrated for this accomplishment! We rallied our schools, postsecondary partners and local influential figures to come together and shower students with words of encouragement, college breakout sessions with college reps, a student panel with current college students and a variety of raffles, give-a-ways and even fun til Tok college reveal competitions. 

Virtual Decision Day Engaged

226 Students

20 High Schools 

20 Postsecondary Institutions 

Special Guest Videos from

Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Lt' Governor Garlin Gilchirst 

Mayor Mike Duggan 

Basketball Star Jalen Rose

and more!


Various Gift cards 

Senior Care Packages 

Shinola Watch!

Check out a recap of virtual College Decision Day Here

Detroit College Access Network

1 Woodward Ave, Suite 1900, Detroit, MI 48226

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

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