Why is May 1st National College Decision Day?
May 1st is National College Decision Day because it is the deadline for students to submit their enrollment deposits and confirm their intention to attend a particular college or university.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), per the NACAC: Agents Must Disclose Commissions to Students. (2017). International Educator, 26(1), 7.), created this deadline in the 1970s to further standardize the college admissions process.
With the increase of different types of college admissions application websites, including the Common Application, the Common Black College Application (CBCA), and the Coalition Application, students have many ways to apply for college.
This date provides scholars more time to decide and gives families more time to appeal financial aid decisions. Colleges and universities could better manage their admissions process and understand their incoming class size by having a standardized deadline.
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Can you Commit to College after National College Decision Day?
We strongly encourage you to decide before May 1st, National College Decision Day. The number of students on college waitlists has increased tremendously over the years. It would be best to accept the college you plan to attend and decline the other colleges as soon as you choose.
May 1st has become an important day for high school seniors nationwide as they make one of the most significant decisions of their academic careers.
Here are some examples of High School Seniors in the College Bound Village (CBV) community who are celebrating National College Decision Day!
Chayla Cooley – Tuskegee University
Congrats to Chayla Cooley, a graduate of Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, GA.
Chayla has chosen to attend Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama.
From her parents, Charnise and Adrian Cooley:
“The CBV Academy Gold membership provided insights for parents who needed help navigating the path for their student. My daughter put everything into practice, applied for scholarships, used the CBV Scholarship Success binder, and kept great records. Everything was beneficial and Lili was a blessing.
Randolph J. Hart IV –
Kudos to Randolph J. Hart IV, b.k.a. RJ, is a graduating Senior at Henry E. Lackey High School in Indian Head, MD.
RJ will be attending Lincoln University in Lincoln, PA.
From his parents, Randolph and Tamicka Hart III
“RJ has received 52 college acceptances, 12 football offers and $1.9 Million in scholarship funds.
CBV has provided excellent tips, reminders and recommendations throughout the process to aid in making the admissions journey less stressful. Thank you!
Lauren Kendall Brooks – Spelman College
Congratulations to Lauren, a King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science Senior.
She plans to attend Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.
From her parents: Steve and Lynette Brooks
“It has been a whirlwind. We started last year working on a brag sheet and researching schools. I found the CBV page through a friend. The newsletters and scholarship information has been tremendously helpful. Thank you to Mrs. Lili St. Christopher for her excellent resources and the passion to help our students succeed. May God continue to bless and expand this wonderful program!! ❤️❤️”
Erick Keith Thomas, Jr. – North Carolina A&T
Congrats to Erick Keith Thomas, Jr., a Senior at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, GA.
Erick applied for early admission to North Carolina A&T and was ecstatic to receive his acceptance.
He applied for scholarships listed on their financial aid portal and was overjoyed when the email came that he had been selected for the Distinguished Aggie Award.
Attending North Carolina A&T has been Erick’s dream since 8th grade. He researched the school’s programs to ensure his major is offered and that students excel and are career ready. His passion is music, and the sound of the Blue and Gold Marching Machine band and Cold Steel percussion during a Battle of the Band won him over. Auditioning for the band was a tense period, but what joy was felt when he received the email that he would be a part of the fabulous Cold Steel percussion section.
From his parents, Erick and Sheila Thomas:
“Participating in the CBV Scholarship Saturdays helped us to apply for free to the Common Black College Application (CBCA), and as a result, he was accepted into several HBCUs. Lili St. Christopher also provided several resources for scholarship opportunities. Her prayers and words of wisdom through FB posts and text messages are always encouraging and helpful.“
Kaila Simmons – University of Alabama
Hats off to Kaila, a Senior at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney, TX. She plans to attend the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL.
From her parents, Keith and Michelle Simmons:
“Kaila was admitted to 17 schools and has received over $800,000 in merit scholarship awards. She has accepted a full ride to the University of Alabama.”
Jakera Bellazin – Prairie View A&M University
Congrats to Jakera Bellazin, a Senior at Madison Preparatory Academy in Baton Rouge, LA.
Jakera plans to attend Prairie View A&M University in Prarie View, TX.
Hats off to her mom, Asheba Brown, for supporting her daughter during this process.
Need the inspiration to start applying for scholarships after National College Decision Day?
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