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Pre-Arrival Information

Congratulations on your Acceptance to Davenport University!

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 must complete step 2, Canadian Citizens skip step 1 as they are not required to apply for a student visa.

  1. Visit and review the Consular Section for the country you plan to apply for the student visa. 
  2. Pay SEVIS I-901 fee at upon receipt of your I-20 form using your SEVIS ID provided on you I-20 form.  Print a receipt of the form.
  3. Prepare DS-160 visa application, pay visa fee and schedule interview appointment.

What to bring to the visa interview:

  • Printout of DS-160 confirmation page with legible bar code
  • 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 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.

If you plan to reside off-campus, please review our transportation website to verify how you will get to campus.   Davenport provides free shuttle service for students.  The shuttle stops align with Grand Rapids public transportation, The Rapid.

Fall 2016 on-campus move in date is: Tuesday, August 30th.

International students should plan travel arrangements to move into the residence halls on: Tuesday, August 30th. 

In addition to on-campus rooms being furnished, international students will be provided the below complimentary items for Fall 2016. These items are yours to keep.

  • Laundry basket/storage bin 

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

  • Blanket (twin XL for South, Cook, Meijer; 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)

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

  • Lamps (Cook)

  • Light bulbs (Cook)

  • Hangers

  • Water/Snacks


Each student is required to attend new international student orientation.  At this time, we will provide you with a review of F1 international student regulations, advising tools and how to navigate DU resources, information regarding on-campus work, and more! 

Travel Arrangements:

When your travel arrangements are made, please email 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.