College Friday is now Decision Day!
At the Colorado Department of Higher Education, we honor the
opportunities in all pathways--whether students attend a
university, community college, private occupational school,
apprenticeship or serve in the military. That's why we're changing
College Friday to Decision Day on
Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
High school seniors have spent the last several months
researching options, applying to programs and filing the FAFSA.
Decision Day celebrates their hard work and recognizes the
achievements of all students.
As in years past, we encourage students, staff and
community members to wear gear from their favorite school,
alma mater or future program on Decision Day to support
students' education aspirations. To step up your participation,
check out the ideas below!
Resources for businesses and community
Decision Day is a statewide celebration! We encourage
friends, coworkers and family members to join in the
- Rally employees and coworkers and wear college, military
and apprenticeship gear on Wednesday, May 1.
Encourage students to talk about their plans after high
- Post selfies and pictures
and #edcolo. Find sample social media
posts and a campaign graphic at the bottom of this
- Invite a classroom to visit your business.
- Visit students and talk about your higher education
- Ask a student to shadow you for a day.
- Download the Decision Day flier and post in
Resources for educators
To complement your programming, we've put together
resources that drive juniors and seniors toward Decision Day
milestones. (Join our weekly Q&A sessions for walkthroughs
of the content.) We recommend delivering this programming
between March 25 and April 26 so students have enough time to
make a thoughtful decision.
Ready to get involved? Register your school here so we can send you
items for your campaign, such as stickers and flyers.
Decision Day Programming
For students who have applied:
Download and distribute the resources below, which include
short activities and handy charts.
For students joining the military:
For students who have yet to apply:
Community colleges, apprenticeship programs and military branches
are still accepting applications for the fall. We put together a
series of "accelerator" resources that help interested students
chart their next steps:
For Juniors: When it comes to postsecondary
planning, it's never too early to get started. We've created
resources that walk juniors through pathway, career and program
research this spring; this fall, as rising seniors, they will come
prepared with a list of matching schools and programs to which they
Decision Day Events
There are endless ways to celebrate Decision Day, and we
encourage your school to get creative! Here are a few ideas to get
- Create a Decision Day wall. Have
students sign the Decision Day template and post it to a decorated
wall. Make sure it's visible to the entire student
- Build a Decision Day photo booth:
Include zany props for students to take Polaroid photos and have
them sign their name along with their program of
- Organize a senior-junior fair. Ask
seniors to table on behalf of their future program and "recruit"
juniors to join them!
- Set a schoolwide goal. If 100 percent of
the senior class has a plan in place, let them dunk a school
administrator or raffle off cool prizes. Reach out to a local
business for donations!
- Leverage social media. Take pictures of
students holding their #IDecided template. Tag @cohighered and @CollegeInCO using
Social Media Resources
Want to spread the word in your community? Download this
social media banner and copy and paste the
sample posts below!
- #CORises when we encourage students to dream
big. This #DecisionDayCO, May 1, wear your
favorite college, university, apprenticeship and military gear to
support our students' decision to continue their education beyond
- #DecisionDayCO is a week away! Wear your
favorite gear on Friday, May 1, to support students' decision to
reach higher, whether they attend a college, university,
apprenticeship program or serve in the military.
- Did you know that nearly three in four Colorado jobs require a
credential beyond a high school diploma?
#DecisionDayCO rallies around our students and
celebrates the importance of higher education. Learn more: bit.ly/DecisionDayCO2019
- Ready for #DecisionDayCO? Post your selfie and
tag @CoHigherEd and @CollegeInCo
on Twitter and Facebook to show us your gear!
- Wearing your gear is just the beginning! Check out our
#DecisionDayCO resource page for more ways to get involved: bit.ly/DecisionDayCO2019