Generation TX Decision Day

What is GenTX Decision Day?

GenTX Decision Day celebrations will be happening on May 4, 2018 at high schools across Texas. We hope that you join in by celebrating seniors and their postsecondary plans!

What happens on GenTX Decision Day?

All students are recognized for their postsecondary plans in front of the entire study body. Think of GenTX Decision Day as a school spirit day, during which we all work together to build excitement and awareness surrounding the college selection and enrollment process. All high school students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to wear college apparel, decorate doors and classrooms in college themes, post signs and pennants in our community, decorate storefronts, or have college trivia contests — let’s get creative! Download the 2017 Generation Texas Decision Day Guide to plan your #GenTXDay and make it the best in Texas!

Accept the Challenge!

Our goals this year are to have:

  • At least 1,000 Texas High Schools accept the challenge and register for #GenTXDay to support students with activities, events, and outreach;
  • Every participating high school in Texas increase ApplyTexas and FAFSA completions by four percentage points (4%) above 2016-2017; and
  • Every eligible student (seniors) in Texas complete and submit the FAFSA. or TASFA and an application (ApplyTexas) to at least one institution of higher education

Generation Texas Month also supports the regional efforts and goals of the 60x30TX Texas Challenge to Reach Higher, which aligns with the national Reach Higher Initiative, to increase completion of college applications, FAFSA, and college readiness indicators.

#GenTXDay Student Video Challenge

This year, students across Texas can win prizes by sharing their GenTX Decision Day message by creating videos and posting to social media!

Seniors:   You could win an IPad in just a few easy steps! Post a video to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube about your decision to go to college. Where are you going? How did you decide? Include @GenerationTexas and the official hashtag #GenTXDay with your video for a chance to win! Check out the Contest Rules and get started!

Not a Senior? You can still win a Generation Texas Prize Pack with t-shirts, bracelets, lanyards, bags, and other prizes by making a #GenTXDay Video. The rules are the same – check them out at Contest Rules.

The contest ends on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 5 p.m. CT.

2017 GenTX Decision Day Winner: Skylar Jones

2017 GenTX Decision Day Winner: Skylar Jones

#GenTXDay School Challenge

We want all schools in Texas to be a part of the biggest GenTX Decision Day we’ve ever had!  This year, all schools and counselors that complete the#GenTXDay School Challenge Form and register their campus will receive a 10% discount on one order at & be eligible for a chance to win a GenTX school banner or GenTX Prize Pack!

The contest ends on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 5 p.m. CT.

Students and schools can also join our national partners for more chances to win prizes and share your Decision Day beyond Texas:

#Collegiance Contest – College Board

We are also encouraging students to continue the celebration on your college decision day by also participating with the @CollegeBoard “Pledge your #Collegiance” contest by sharing a fun college announcement video for a chance to a win a grand prize of $5,000 for college. For more info visit:

@Better Make Room

We are also proud to partner with @BetterMakeRoom #CollegeSigningDay which is also on May 5, 2017. Visit to register your signing day event nationally or to make you “Reach Higher” statement for the whole nation to see!

How can I help?

You can help by talking to students about their college choices, contributing to the “spirit” of the day or —perhaps most importantly — reaching out to students to encourage them to complete the enrollment process. Seek out those students who might traditionally be overlooked when it comes to college planning, and talk to them about their options for college. Be sure to ask students about their postsecondary education plans after high school as they board the bus, go through the lunch line, or walk into church, a store, or their classrooms!

We are building a college-going culture in Texas schools and GenTX Decision Day is one of the ways that we do this. Please join in!


Contact GenTX at if you have any questions or need more information.

Planning a GenTX Decision Day Event or Celebration?

Download a site coordinator’s resource guide and other free resources for GenTX Decision Day on your campus.

GenTX Decision Day 2016

GenTX Decision Day 2016 broke records! Thanks to your efforts, communities all across Texas came together to show their united support for Texas students as they took the next step to higher education and a bigger, brighter future!