Iowa College Decision Day

Iowa College Decision Day recognizes high school seniors for their decisions to continue their education beyond high school and helps to create a college-going culture throughout Iowa high schools. Iowa College Decision Day takes place on or around May 1 as part of Iowa College Aid's Course to College.

Register your 2018 College Decision Day event with Iowa College Aid

Why Host College Decision Day?

To recognize all students for their postsecondary plans
To encourage and remind students it’s time to make a decision
To support the best match and fit for each student
To influence younger students as they prepare for college
To support a college-going culture and wrap up the school year with a celebration

While each school must decide for itself the benefit of hosting Decision Day and will organize an event that meets the needs of the school, at a minimum it is our goal to see host sites create an event that fulfills the following:

Recognizes ALL students for their postsecondary plans
Recognition to happen in front of the entire student body
Contact local media – encourage publicity beyond the high school building
Have fun!

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Iowa College Decision Day Resources
Find a planning checklist, activity ideas, social media tips and other helpful resources to make your event successful.

College Decision Day Events

Algona High School
Thursday, April 26 (afternoon)
More details: all student assembly with senior reception after

CAL High School
Friday, May 11 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am
More details: Send-off breakfast

Camanche High School
Tuesday, May 1 @ 11:00 am
More details: All-school and community assembly

Cardinal Jr./Sr. High School (Eldon)
Wednesday, May 2 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
More details: Iowa College Aid staff will speak

Cedar Falls High School
Wednesday, April 25 @ 9:30 am
More details: assembly and certificate signing

Cedar Rapids (JFK)
Friday, May 4 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
More details: TBD

Cedar Rapids: Prairie High School
May
More details: no formal event, marking map and signing "painted hand" throughout the month

Charles City High School
TBD
More details: Ceremony in gym; seniors wear chosen college t-shirt

Clinton High School
Friday, May 4 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
More details: TBD

Council Bluffs (Lincoln & Jefferson)
Friday, April 27 @ 8:15 am - 12:45 pm
More details: TBD

Creston High School
April 23-27
More details: assembly kick-off event, spotlights throughout the week

Crestwood High School
Monday, April 30 
More details: lunchroom activity, pennants

Davis County High School
Tuesday, May 1
More details: seniors discuss college/future plans with younger students

East High School (Sioux City)
Tuesday, May 1 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
More details: Call outs and banner signing by commitments, photo both
Wednesday, May 16
Graduates walk through elementary schools

Estherville High School
Tuesday, May 1 @ 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
More details: In conjunction with cap & gown pick up, goodie bags, pennant signing

Fort Dodge
Friday, May 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
More details: Hosting mini college fair throughout the day

Hampton-Dumont
Tuesday, May 22 @ 2:30 pm
More details: Seniors walk through elementary schools, senior send-off breakfast with community

Lewis Central (Council Bluffs area)
Tuesday, May 1 @ 9:00 am - 10:45 am
"Signing Day" students will sign certificates and indicate where they're going next

Lin-Mar High School
Friday, April 27 (all day)
More details: photo booth, food, prizes

Maquoketa Community High School
Wednesday, May 2 @ 1:00 pm 
More details: student assembly with college reps, signing ceremony

Mason City High School
Thursday, May 10 @ 9:00 am awards, 10:00 am decision day
More details: Signing ceremony after senior awards assembly

Muscatine High School
Friday, April 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
More details: colleges/universities every 30 minutes

North High School (Des Moines)
Tuesday, May 1 7:30 am & 11:00 - 12:00 pm
More details: weeklong events, celebrating all college types throughout the week

North Scott High School
Friday, May 4
More details: TBD

Ottumwa High School
Tuesday, May 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:45 pm
More details: Various senior activities during lunch hour

Perry High School
Friday, May 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 
More details: Ceremony in gym

Sgt. Bluff-Luton High School
Wednesday, May 2 @ 9:40 am
More details: All school assembly where students announce and sign certificate of where they're going

Southeast Polk High School
Tuesday, May 1 @ lunch period
More details: Will take place throughout lunch period in counselor's office

Springville High School
Tuesday, May 1
More details: Take photo and sign certificate to get a donut

Wapsie Valley High School
Thursday, May 3 
More details: potluck

West High School (Sioux City)
Tuesday, May 1 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 
More details: signing by college commitments 

Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on May 24, 2018 at 2:34am.