Decision Day

I made a plan. I own my future.


About Decision Day

Decision Day is derived from National College Decision Day. Traditionally, May 1st has been designated as Decision Day because students commit to their selected post-secondary institutions by signing their Letters of Intent. Over the past 10 years, secondary schools started to commemorate the day to encourage seniors to finalize their post-secondary plans. The day also serves to raise community awareness of college and career readiness efforts for all grade levels.

DoDEA Decision Day Activities

DoDEA is celebrating Decision Day as a way to highlight the post-secondary plans for for this year's graduating class. As a system that educates military-connected students, we strive to recognize all students' post-secondary plams-whether they be to pursue higher education, enlist in the military, complete a vocational or trade program, or immediately seek employment.

In the weeks leading up to Decision Day, DoDEA school faculty and staff members are encouraged to decorate their doors with pennants, signs, or other items showcasing the post-secondary institutions they graduated from and/or their military affiliations.

On May 1st, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to wear their college/university, military, or career paraphernalia and take photos! High school seniors will announce their decisions and grades K-11 will explore college and career options using interactive tools and other classroom activities that support our focus on College and Career Readiness as aligned with our Blueprint for Continuous Improvement.

Schools and students are encouraged to share pictures and video snippets of the day's activities via Facebook/Twitter/Instagram #dodeadecisionday.

Decision Day PSA

Decision Day Ideas and Resources

College Advising Corps
College Advising Corps advisers have had a wonderful time celebrating Decision Day with their students this year.
Fastweb - National Decision Day
May 1st is National Decision Day which means the pressure is on for high school seniors to make final college decisions.
Oregon Goes to College
Oregon Decision Day (DD) is a celebration of students’ plans for continuing their education or training after high school. DD events and activities can stand on their own, but they are most successful when used as a follow up to College Application Week and College Cash Campaign efforts that have been ongoing throughout the school year.
South Carolina Goes to College (PDF)
The goal of College Decision Day is to recognize high school seniors for their postsecondary plans and encourage younger students and families to prepare early for postsecondary education. College.
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
Let's Go to college! Decision Day is a celebratory event first sponsored by the National College Advising Corps (NCAC), which was founded at the University of Virginia.
Virginia Career View Career Day Toolkit
The Career Day Toolkit is designed to help educators plan a successful career day in their school.  This toolkit offers brainstorming ideas, planning tips, and resources to use with students before and after the Career Day.
The College Decision Day toolkit provides resources to support students in deciding where to enroll, event ideas, and templates to help you host successful activities.


Using Choices360 for College and Career Exploration

Choices 360 logoDoDEA is excited to offer Choices360 to our students and other stakeholders as a systemic enhancement for the college and career readiness. It serves as a one-stop electronic shop for DoDEA's students, alleviating the need for them to use multiple third-party planning resources. It will assist students in exploring and planning their post-secondary journeys with the most up-to-date information available while aiding school counselors with organizing and conducting their college and career counseling sessions more efficiently. Importantly, Choices360 is where students will complete, store, and update their 4-6 Year Plan. Choices360 offers a host of easy-to-use, interactive tools that will make college and career exploration a fun, yet informative process.

To help prepare for Decision Day, you can use Choices360 for middle school to explore career interests and research the path to getting there! In high school you can use it to plan courses, research careers, colleges, and post-secondary funding opportunities.