A few things to keep in mind...

Pre-Arrival Information

We are excited to have you on campus!  Before you arrive, there are a few things you need to accomplish:

  • Visa process
  • Secure housing
  • Sign up for orientation
  • Make travel arrangements
  • Pack
Visa processing checklist

Canadian Citizens complete step 2 only.

  1. Visit the website of US Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions and review the Consular Section for the country you plan to apply for the student visa. 
  2. Pay SEVIS I-901 fee upon receipt of your I-20 form using the SEVIS ID provided in the uppleft-handand corner of the Form I-20.  Print a receipt of you payment confirmation.
  3. Prepare the DS-160 visa application, pay visa fee and schedule interview appointment.

Please refer to the VISA processing checklist that was included with your acceptance package for a more details on how to complete the steps above. 

What to bring to the visa interview:

  • Printout of DS-160 confirmation page with legible bar code and photo
  • Original I-20
  • Valid passport (at least 6 months)
  • Older passports containing previous visas
  • Documents substantiating previous legal status in the US, reciprocity fee if applicable
  • SEVIS (1-901) fee receipt
  • Financial documents showing sufficient funds for at least one year of stud y in the U .S. (amount is printed on your I-20 form)
  • Davenport University letter of acceptance
  • Proof of ties/residence in a country outside the US, and any other documents your local U.S. Embassy requires
Secure Housing

Before you make travel plans, please arrange a place to live.  For Lettinga campus students, go to the Housing and Residence Life website to see your on-campus options and view a virtual tour.

Use your login and password/student ID to complete a housing application.

Davenport provides free shuttle service for students.  The shuttle stops align with Grand Rapids public transportation, The Rapid.


Winter 2021 on-campus move in date is: Sunday, January 10, 2021

In addition to on-campus rooms being furnished, international students will be provided the below items at a $35 USD charge. If you do not want these items, please return basket/bin (unopened) to your Resident Assistant (RA).

  • Laundry basket/storage bin 

  • Sheets (twin XL for South, Cook, Meijer, Panther Ridge; full for Panther Woods)

  • Blanket (twin XL for South, Cook, Meijer, Panther Ridge; full for Panther Woods)

  • Pillow

  • Toilet paper

  • Hand soap

  • Bath towel, hand towel, washcloth

  • Shower bar (Panther Woods)

  • Shower curtain liners (Cook, Meijer, Panther Woods, Panther Ridge)

  • Shower curtain hooks/rings (Cook, Meijer, Panther Woods, Panther Ridge)

  • Lamps (Cook)

  • Light bulbs (Cook)

  • Hangers

  • Water/Snacks

Travel Arrangements

When your travel arrangements are made, please email international@davenport.edu your entire flight itinerary with arrival information.  Please indicate whether you require transportation from the airport to our campus. 

During travel, please contact our on-campus security at 616.446.7065 or 616.554.5041 with any changes or delays to your flight.