Davenport University

6191 Kraft Avenue S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49512-9396

School Details

In 1866, just 16 years after the founding of the city of its namesake city, Grand Rapids Business College opened its doors to Michigan students. The first class of 16 students sought an education in bookkeeping, penmanship, business law and arithmetic—the core of one of the school's most popular colleges today: business. 

Over the years the school developed into a private, four-year university, changing names and faces until settling on its current name of Davenport University (a name given to it in honor of a teacher that saved the school from going under in the early 1900s). It is the second largest private, non-profit institution in Michigan. The school offers over 50 programs leading toward Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees in business, technology and health. Business Administration and Management is the most popular major at the university with close to 20% of enrolled undergraduate students. Other popular majors include Accounting, Business/Commerce, Marketing/Marketing Management, and Human Resources Management.

Even with over 13,000 enrolled students (over 60% of which attend full-time), there is an average of 16 students per class, which ensures an intimate and focused learning experience for students. 

DU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

The main campus is Caledonia, MI, with other facilities in Battle Creek, Flint, Holland, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Livonia, Midland, Saginaw, Traverse City, and Warren. The school also has online courses for those not near one of the many physical locations. The W.A. Lettinga Campus south of Grand Rapids, is Davenport’s only residential campus and serves as home base for the University’s administration.

In addition, Davenport University hosts an online campus. DU Online supports more than 45 programs of study, including Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees, along with post-baccalaureate certificates. Students can pursue fields of study ranging from Accounting and General Business degrees to Nursing and Human Resource Management. Students begin online learning with an online student orientation, and can pursue additional resources that include 24/7 technical support and student tutorials. Online classes mirror that of on-campus coursework, with readings, assignments, and exams. 

Life on the main campus provides students with many opportunities to get connected—professionally, academically and socially--including Registered Student Organizations (RSO’s), Recreational and entertainment events, volunteer opportunities, student government and more. A great place to get started in making new friends and fast connections is through the Student Center. The Student Center is the fourth LEED-certified building on the main campus of DU and provides meeting rooms, student social areas, the Student Life Office, the Student Center Café and a fitness center with an indoor rock climbing wall and suspended running track. 

The Field House is connected to the Student Center and is a 1,500-seat arena for DU Panthers men and women's basketball and women’s volleyball teams. The athletics program includes 26 men and women’s teams in a variety of sports, including national championship teams in hockey, lacrosse and rugby. The panthers are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and compete in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) for most sports.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


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  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Post-master's certificate
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