Decision Day: Coordinators

Celebrate students' plans for postsecondary education!

Decision Day (DD) helps schools and families honor students as they make decisions about their next steps. Many colleges and universities throughout the country use the national candidates' reply date of May 1, as their deadline for students to respond to an offer of admission. As in most other states, Oregon has designated May 1 as Decision Day for the official celebrations, but we encourage schools to host spring events as appropriate for their students and communities.

These resources are designed to help you and your team help students choose the right college for them and then plan the most effective celebration for your community. Because students continue to need suppport for their future plans after May 1, you'll also find resources to help students with the transition from high school to college.

Share your students success by posting photos on social media and use the hashtags #OregonDD and #CollegeSigningDay.

Do you have examples of best practices that you’ve used to prepare for your Decision Day celebration? Share them with your fellow coordinators! Submit your ideas, documents or photos by sending us a message (or post a quick tip to the Facebook page).




Making a Decision About College: Interactive Case Study
educators explore the complex relationships that influence college decisions and ways to engage families in the process

DD Logos: Color and Black & White
use these images on your newsletters, websites, or anything else you create for promoting your DD events

Transition to College Toolkit
use Oregon GEAR UP's toolkit to learn what the research says and find ideas about supporting students from graduation to the first year of college

Comparing Colleges, Costs & Financial Aid
encourage students to compare financial aid award letters and consider all of the costs of college

College Signing Day Toolkit
use this toolkit from Reach Higher campaign to plan your celebraion

Transition Year
share this online resource to help students and families focus on emotional health before, during, and after the first year of college

College Fit Toolkit
explore resources and activities related to the college search and selection process

Signing Day Toolkit Training Webinar
learn more about the toolkit from the Reach Higher initiative in this recorded webinar

Directory of Critical Resources at Oregon's Colleges & Universities
help support students' transition to college and encourage self-advocacy using this directory of on-campus student support services at Oregon colleges and universities

Decision Making Using Award Letters to Assess Affordability
learn how to review financial aid award letters
DIY Pennant
students decorate pennants for display or use during your DD celebration