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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 organizations

Decision Day is a statewide celebration! We encourage friends, coworkers and family members to join in the fun:

  • Rally employees and coworkers and wear college, military and apprenticeship gear on Wednesday, May 1. Encourage students to talk about their plans after high school.
  • Post selfies and pictures tagging #DecisionDayCO and #edcolo. Find sample social media posts and a campaign graphic at the bottom of this webpage!
  • Invite a classroom to visit your business.
  • Visit students and talk about your higher education journey.
  • Ask a student to shadow you for a day.
  • Download the Decision Day flier and post in your office!
  • Download Gov. Polis' Decision Day proclamation.

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 can apply.

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 you started:

  • 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 body.
  • 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 choice.
  • 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 #IDecidedCO and #DecisionDayCO.

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 high school.
  • #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