What To Expect On National College Decision Day

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You know how some national “holidays” come and go without any effort on your part? Just the other week it was National Pet Day, and Instagram was flooded with everyone’s cute cats and pooch pics. But even if you have a pet, you could simply observe the holiday without posting a picture of your furry friend online.

Another big national holiday is coming up, and you won’t want to sit this one out.

May 1 is National College Decision Day.

And boy, is it exciting. Lots of high schools have traditions for the seniors, like college apparel day. But May 1 is about more than just celebrating knowing where incoming college freshmen are headed in the fall.

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Most students need to have a deposit in to their school of choice by May 1 in order to secure a spot. You can submit your deposit in the time between your acceptance and the deadline or on the day it’s due.

Not only does a deposit secure your acceptance at the school, but it can also come with a guarantee of campus housing, meal plan options, and a time slot for you to choose your classes.

And if you’re not totally sure where you’re gonna go, that’s not a problem.

If you’re still undecided and have the means, you can submit deposits to multiple schools to hold a spot for you. This is especially helpful if you’re still waiting to be taken off the waitlist at your top choice college, but want to guarantee you’ll have a spot somewhere come September. When you do make a decision, remember to let the school you won’t be attending know so they can let another student take your spot.

Decision Day is also helping solve the “summer melt” problem.

There’s this thing called summer melt,” where students who have every intention of going to college fail to actually enroll in the fall. The rate of summer melt is estimated at between 10 and 40 percent, but the number is usually on the lower end for the types of colleges with May 1 deposit deadlines.

May 1 should be a day for celebration. You’re making huge commitments, not only to your college of choice, but also yourself and your future. The next four years will change your life in ways you can’t even imagine — so don’t forget to secure your spot!