Providing the resources and support you need

We know it can be difficult to send your student to college, especially if your student is the first in your family to attend college (a first generation student). This site is a resource for parents/guardians and families of first generation students – a place where you can gather information and resources on topics such as financial aid, campus resources, who to contact, tips and other first gen voices at Davenport. We're glad your child has chosen Davenport, and we will help make his or her transition to college life as smooth as possible. Welcome to Davenport University!

Davenport’s First Generation Initiative is focused on better serving the goals, needs, and challenges of first-generation students, year over year and onto graduation.

Did you know?

Did you know that nearly 40% of Davenport's students are first generation students? What’s more surprising is that Davenport has been able to help those students achieve their education dreams year after year. In fact, Davenport has increased its graduation rates by 174% since 2009. How? Davenport created custom programs and services to make sure first gen students have what they need to make the first year at college a successful one. Learn more here


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Want more college success tips? 

Watch Dr. Jodi Hicks and Dr. Karen Clark discuss college success tips through a series of short videos. View the playlist here

Resources to help your child succeed at college

Davenport students will receive personalized attention through every step of their college journey — from applying for admission to graduating and landing the career of their dreams.

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Mental health resources

Davenport University offers 24/7 mental health services and interactive events to help students manage stress and get back to feeling good. 

Learn more about Davenport's counseling services

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Accessibility for all

Davenport University is committed to providing opportunities, resources and support to empower students toward success in an inclusive and accessible environment. Check out these tips on transitioning special accommodations.

Learn more about accessibility at Davenport

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Career Services

Davenport's lifelong career services assist with resume and cover letter writing, job interview preparation and employment connections. In fact, Davenport guarantees employment within six months of graduation for qualifying students in a growing number of programs.

Learn more about our career services


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Davenport's Panther Resource Closet

Designed to provide free resources like snacks, personal hygiene products and even professional attire, to all enrolled students who might need them.

Contact the Panther Resource Closet coordinator

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Success-building support 

Davenport's advising team will help your student every step of the way. Our academic advisors will meet with students one-on-one for specific academic program guidance whenever they need it. 

Learn more about academic advising 


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Digital library and tutoring

Davenport's virtual library is here to support students throughout their educational journey. We provide 24/7 librarian chat, electronic resources and research databases, so students will be able to utilize Davenport's resources from anywhere at any time. Tutoring services are available to students 100% online. With online tutoring, students receive 24/7 access, drop-in or scheduled tutoring sessions and more! 

Learn more about Davenport's digital library

Learn more about tutoring services


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Next steps after acceptance

Congratulations on your student's acceptance to Davenport University! We’ve mapped out the next few steps. Additionally, we’ve prepared some quick resource links for a smooth transition into the Davenport community.

Next steps


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Financial aid resources

At Davenport, we don’t want you to lose sleep over how to pay for college. That’s why we make our tuition and fees affordable and help students find as many resources as possible when it comes to paying for college. Advice for parents

Learn more about financial aid

Who to contact

Jodi Hicks: Director of student transitions and academic readiness. Contact at

Advising: Your advisor is your main point of contact and is ready to help you with any questions or concerns. Call 866-383-3548 or contact your advisor directly via email or phone.

Computer problems: For questions about your computer and accessing classes online, contact the ITS Customer Support Center at or call 616.732.1200. 

Financial aid: We are here to answer and support your financial aid needs. Please email any questions or concerns to

Library: Visit for library resources.

Tutoring: Online tutoring is available online at

Campus Life: If you think you are sick or have symptoms, please consult your medical provider. Please also reach out to Campus Life at

Bookstore: Visit the online bookstore to purchase your textbooks or the spirit store to purchase merchandise and apparel.

Counseling: Take care of your mental health as well as your physical health and make sure to utilize the services we provide as a benefit to our students. Visit for more information.

Student Access: If you are a student with a disability and having difficulty with academics, please reach out to your student access coordinator at

Housing: On-campus housing is available for Fall 2023 and the application can be found here.

Important dates 

View this event calendar for important you and your student will want to attend here.

Upcoming events

View all the upcoming events happening on campus here.

Staying connected

Davenport offers many opportunities to stay up-to-date on all things happening at Davenport. We invite you to join our parent connection mailing list to receive email newsletters about critical deadlines, university news and upcoming events.

Follow us on social media and join our parent connection group on Facebook.