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First Year Experience

Davenport University's First Year Experience is dedicated to supporting incoming students so they can achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals.

The First Year Seminar class is titled “Achieving Career and Educational Success” (ACES100). This is a 3 credit course for all Business and Technology majors designed to support students as they successfully transition to Davenport University. Student’s seeking degrees in the Health related fields are required to take the equivalent course HLTH101. Strategies for achieving your academic goals, analysis of your learning styles and personality preferences, career exploration, and university resources are just a few of the many topics covered during these Foundation of Learning courses. 

The Freshmen Common Read program is facilitated through the First Year Experience office.  The 2014/15 Common Read Book selection is Josh Sundquist’s “Just Don’t Fall.” A Hilariously True Story of Childhood, Cancer, Amputation, Romantic Yearning, Truth, and Olympic Greatness.

To learn how you can succeed at DU, read the Top 20 Tips for Success in College

Here is a great read from Inside Higher Ed, by Julie Wollman the president of Edinboro University. "Becoming a Freshman, Again."

For additional information on First Year Programs, please contact:  

Dr. Jodi M. Hicks 
Director of First Year Experience
6191 Kraft SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Phone: 616-554-5825 Ext. 5825