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. College Decision Day is Michigan's adoption of National College Signing Day, a program of Former First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative which now sits with Better Make Room at The Common Application.

College Decision Day at its core is a celebration of students' success and their commitment to continuing their education after high school and is designed to help foster and promote a college-going culture within the school building. In accordance with Gov. Whitmer's Stay at Home Orders due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, MCAN has transitioned College Decision Day to accommodate virtual and other non-event-based community celebrations that still recognize the achievements of the Class of 2020 and connect high schools with colleges.

Expectations of Host Sites:

  • Plan a community celebration that recognizes seniors for their postsecondary plans
  • Recognize the importance of education after high school
  • Engage underclassmen in thinking about the steps to college before their senior year
  • Create a sense of accountability in seniors through public commitment to help fight summer melt
  • Show students, other seniors who are attending the same institution, helping to build a support network once they get there, helping to build a support network once they get there by connecting them with college-hosted video conference events
  • Celebrate the work of teachers, counselors, and community organizations throughout the school year