College Signing Day (CSD) is no longer just for college athletes. All high school seniors are encouraged to proudly declare their intention for the fall. Selecting a college is a big step toward making higher education a reality.

History of CSD

In 2014, the White House’s Reach Higher Initiative announced the first-ever national College Signing Day. Celebrations surrounding the event usually occur between the last week of April and the first week in May. High schools find unique ways to have seniors announce their college choice, and for families and alumni to celebrate with them. The event coincides closely with the traditional May 1 deadline for admitted students to submit a letter of intent to their chosen school.

Sample CSD events

  • Invite parents to the school to watch their seniors sign “letters of intent” for their chosen college. Create a photo opportunity by providing a table and chairs for the family to witness the senior’s signature.
  • Seniors create a poster showcasing where he/she is going to college, and to share advice for underclassmen. Display the posters around the school to inspire younger students.
  • Invite recent alumni to participate in a panel to share their experiences adjusting to college life.
  • Plan an all-school scholarship and award ceremony to honor the senior class. If possible, give away branded college items to the seniors.
  • Surprise students by inviting local college mascots to attend CSD events.
  • Plan a senior carnival with various stations.
    • Photos booth – students take photos with friends and teachers
    • Gratitude station – seniors write notes to those who helped make college possible
    • Graduation cap decorating – seniors decorate paper caps with their plans for the fall
    • Banner station – seniors write advice for younger students