What Happens After National College Decision Day?
May 1st is officially National College Decision Day in the United States. There is a lot of focus on High School Seniors publicly making announcements to friends and family regarding their college decision.
What happens next once Seniors make their official decision?
After National College Decision Day, high school seniors who have made their final college decisions will typically begin preparing for their transition to college.
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What are the priorities for incoming first-year students after National College Decision Day?
Here are some suggestions for celebrating with your high school and intending colleges.
- Financial aid: Students should set up a meeting with their college’s Financial Aid office to answer any questions they have and confirm timelines for tuition payments.
- Enrollment deposit: Students who have committed to a college or university must typically submit an enrollment deposit and confirmation form by May 1st or shortly afterward.
- Housing selection: Many colleges and universities will allow students to select their housing preferences, such as dormitory style and roommate requests. Some colleges require first-year students to live on campus in dormitory housing.
- Orientation: Colleges and universities often hold orientation sessions for incoming first-year students to help them become familiar with the campus, meet other students, and register for classes. Some colleges, such as the University of Missouri – St. Louis and the University of California – San Diego, offer Bridge programs for students before the first year.
Here are some examples of High School Seniors in the College Bound Village (CBV) community who have made their college decisions!
Thomas Anderson- Savannah College of Arts Design (SCAD)
Congrats to Thomas Anderson, a graduating Senior at Parkway North High School in St. Louis, MO.
Joshua has chosen to attend Savannah College of Arts Design in Savannah, GA.
From his parents,William and Tiandra Bland:
“Thomas applied and was accepted to many schools. He is a creative soul who was determined to shine his light through his love for fashion, graphic arts, painting, music and more.
“The CBV scholarship information and weekly newsletters helped us so much.“
Rejinah Danielle Hickman – Wiley College
Kudos to Rejinah Danielle Hickman, a graduating Senior at Paschal High School in Fort Worth, TX.
Rejinah will be attending the Wiley College in Marshall, TX.
From her parents, Charles and Olga Hickman:
“Rejinah will be playing continuing her academic and athletic journey, as a part of the Wiley College Wildcats Volleyball team.
Makayla Carroll – Howard University
Congrats to Makayla Carroll, a Senior at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, AZ.
She plans to attend Howard University in Washington D.C.
From her parents, Kerry & Leah Carroll:
“To say we are proud is an understatement. Freshman year, Makayla said she would graduate with a 4.0 and one month from today she will walk across the stage graduating in the top 5% of her class achieving her goal of maintaining a 4.0 with rigorous honors/dual enrollment courses while also being a student athlete, working part-time, holding multiple leadership roles, volunteering at church & being actively engaged with hundreds of community service hours. She has remained strong in her faith especially when she tore her ACL & tragically lost her brother Keondre to gun violence. She always has a positive attitude & is incredibly humble. We are truly blessed that God chose us to be her parents. She made her college decision from 20+ acceptances & merit scholarships totaling $800,000. We can’t wait to see the plans that God has for her life. We’ll be cheering her on as she pursues her goal of becoming a pediatrician to serve with passion & care.
Julia M. Sorrells – Fort Valley State University
Julia M. Sorrells is a Senior at Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts in Jonesboro, GA.
Julia plans to attend Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA.
From her parents, Donald and Stephanie Smith:
“Julia earned several honors and awards including the 5Strong Scholar, the Georgia HOPE Scholar and the Fort Valley State University Presidential Scholar. Overall, she earned over $1.1 million dollars in merit scholarships.Register a SNAP EBT card
Need the inspiration to keep applying for scholarships after National College Decision Day?
- Subscribe to our CBV YouTube Channel and join our College Bound Village (C.B.V.) Facebook Group where we share motivational posts with moms and dads to encourage them during the college application process.
- Tap into our Scholarship and College preparation resources via our CBV Events page.
- Read about testimonials from parents and students who have moved from OVERwhelm to OVERflow in the college-bound journey.