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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 three credit course for all majors designed to support students as they successfully transition to Davenport University. Strategies for achieving academic goals, analysis of 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 First Year Common Read program is facilitated through the Student Transitions and Academic Readiness office.  The 2021/22 Common Read Book selection is "Habitudes - The Art of Connecting with Others" written by Dr. Tim Elmore. It is a motivational book with images that demonstrate the need for strong leaders and the importance of strong connections with others.

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

For additional information on First Year Programs, please contact:  

Dr. Jodi M. Hicks 
Director of Student Transitions and Academic Readiness
6191 Kraft SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Phone: 616-554-5825 Ext. 5825