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 2018 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 1,200 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 2017-2018; 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 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 14, 2018 at 5 p.m. CT.

#GenTXDay School Challenge

We want all schools in Texas to be a part of the biggest GenTX Decision Day we’ve ever had! Schools and counselors that complete the GenTX Decision Day form will be entered into the School Challenge Contest for a chance to win a GenTX school banner! #GenTXDay School Challenge Form !

The contest ends on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 5 p.m. CT.

2017 GenTX Decision Day Winner: Skylar Jones

2017 GenTX Decision Day Winner: Skylar Jones

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.