What is National College Decision Day?
National College Decision Day is the premier day in the United States for high school seniors to celebrate their final decisions for college. This day is also known as the National Candidate Reply Date. It usually falls on May 1st.
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.
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What Happens on National College Decision Day?
On National College Decision Day, students accepted into various colleges should make their final decision and notify their college or university of their intent to enroll. May 1st is a BIG DEAL for many scholars and their families, and there are many celebrations at home and within the community.
Here are some examples of High School Seniors in the College Bound Village (CBV) community who are celebrating National College Decision Day!
Gianna Brown – Livingstone College
Congrats to Gianna Theresa Brown, a graduate of SCORE Academy in Raleigh, NC.
Gianna has chosen to attend Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC.
Gianna graduated from high school early in January 2023 which has given her the opportunity to take these months between graduation and college to focus on finding and applying for scholarships.
She was awarded a $15,000 partial academic scholarship which includes a $5,000 Scholarship for being a member of the AME Zion church.
From her mom, Marlynne Brown:
“Lili St. Christopher has been a blessing for both of us; she works with Gianna on her applications and staying focused and I have an expert involved in the process that I can trust to guide her through the process. CBV Academy Gold Membership has been a great investment. “
Kyla Bynum –
Alabama State University
Kudos to Kyla Bynum, who is a graduating Senior at Westminster Christian Academy in Town and Country, MO.
Kyla earned a Full Ride Scholarship to Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.
From her parents, Tiffanie and Kyle Bynum:
“Truly a journey, the process can definitely be overwhelming. Just having some essential tools to help navigate the process of FAFSA and organizing deadlines. CBV assists with a number of great tools to help navigate scholarships including how to apply and more importantly why. Definitely a value add!”
Kailyn G Horton – Hampton University
Congrats to Kailyn G Horton, who is a graduating Senior at Independence High School in Frisco, TX.
Kailyn plans to attend Hampton University in Hampton, VA.
From her parents, Kara Horton and Rob Horton:“Kailyn hadn’t narrowed down her choices so she applied to all schools’ regular decision deadlines. It was March and we hadn’t heard anything from HU, so her dad and I started reaching out to various people to see when we should expect to hear. Her dad spoke to the dean of the program she’ll be entering and two days later we received her acceptance.
We attended a couple of the CBV Genius Hour events which helped us pinpoint scholarships and get more focused when completing scholarship applications.“
Kiran Gibbs -North Carolina State University
Congrats to Kiran Gibbs, who is a graduating Senior at Apex High School in Apex, NC.
Kiran was lucky enough to get accepted to 7 of her 8 choices!
NCSU won out of Appalachian State-Honors College, Clemson-Honors College, Florida State University, North Carolina A&T, UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC-Greensboro!
From her parents, Chelsea and Ray Gibbs:“Lili St. Christopher was so instrumental in getting our process started with the basics of FASFA and beyond. Constantly checking in, encouraging, and congratulating with each step. She even had time to offer one on one help! And we’re still not done! Looking for more money! Let’s get it and CONGRATS to all the CBV grads!“
Javion Fox – Illinois State University
Congrats to Javion Fox, who is a Senior at Rich Township High School in Olympia Fields, IL.
Javion plans to attend Illinois State University in Normal, IL.
From his mom, Candace Brown:“Javion will be continuing his education at Illinois State University where he will be majoring in Finance with a minor in Business. We want to thank Lili St. Christopher for this amazing CBV platform, it has truly helped us find scholarships and so many other resources.“
Hannah G. Huff – Troy University
Congrats to Hannah Huff, who is graduating from Greenbrier High School in Evans, GA.
From her parents, Craig & Joann Huff:
“Hannah has chosen Troy University in Troy, AL. It was the first of about 30 colleges that Hannah applied to being accepted at all them. She wanted a medium-sized campus with a fantastic nursing program where she has been accepted into the Early Admittance BSN program. Troy waived out-of-state fees and came with a nice scholarship package.”
Madinah Jones – Milwaukee School of Engineering
Kudos to Madinah Jones, who is a graduating Senior from Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, MD.
Madinah plans to attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, WI.
From her parents, Ramona & John Hutchins:
Madinah applied to several schools via the Common Application. She focused on writing a college essay that truly captured who she is and how her experiences have shaped her into the hard-working, high-achieving, well-rounded young lady she’s become. She maintained a 4.3 GPA all throughout her matriculation through high school while also completing more than 200 hours of community service, playing several sports, serving as the President of The National Honor Society, and Drama Club, and participating in several other organizations.
Madinah has read all the CBV newsletters and attended a few CBV ClubHouse Meetings to get some valuable tips and pointers for the application process and applying for scholarships. She has been accepted into 18 schools and was offered over $850,000 in scholarships, including two full-ride scholarships to the University of Pittsburgh and the Presidential Scholarship to the Milwaukee School of Engineering. She will attend MSOE in the fall as a Civil Engineering Major with a minor in Construction Management.
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