Davenport University Donald W. Maine College of Business

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IACBE, Higher Learning Commission

Davenport University is a private, not-for-profit university offering classes at multiple campuses throughout Michigan. The main campus in Grand Rapids is home to the IACBE accredited Donald W. Maine College of Business Building, but students can enroll in a campus convenient for them. Professors are able to devote a substantial amount of time to mentoring students, with a 14:1 student-faculty ratio. The curriculum is designed to feature more courses geared towards students’ major, and less time in generalized courses. According to the university, DU business students typically score higher on national exams than students at other universities. Approximately 95% of students receive financial aid to assist with earning a high-quality business degree from Davenport.


Students will find the coursework challenging and relevant, with classrooms designed to resemble real business environments. Business majors are popular at Davenport and account for about 20% of the student body population. Undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Accounting Fraud Investigation, Business, International Business, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Sport Management, Marketing, or Industrial Production Management. Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in Leadership and Organizational Performance or Legal Studies.

Students can earn a general 30-credit hour Master of Business Administration, or add on a certificate for an additional nine hours. Specialty certificates include Forensic Accounting, Internal Auditing, Managerial Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Legal Studies, Leadership Strategies, Global Project Management, Risk Management and Insurance, and Marketing. All MBA students will also complete a Business Integration Capstone. Graduate students can also earn a Master of Management or a joint BBA/MACC.

Student Life

Students can earn credits for their business experiences outside of the classroom, such as study abroad, internship, and competing in the Graduate Association for Corporate Growth Cup Competition. Incoming freshmen can kick off their college journey by attending the three-day Panther Prowl. The Pantherpalooza shows students all of the organizations they can get involved in, such as Lansing Business Professionals of America, the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, and DECA. Students can also find volunteer opportunities through Volunteer Opportunities in Lansing, Grand Rapids, or Detroit. Alternative Spring Break is a great chance for students to develop their leadership skills while helping in another country. Students can also hone in on their leadership skills through the National Society of Leadership and Success. In order to be inducted into this well-respected organization, students must attend orientation, three speaker events, three network events, and participate in the Leadership Training Day. There is also an online chapter available for distance learning students.

Online Programs

The online learning community offers undergraduate students the BBA in Accounting, Accounting Fraud Investigation, Business, Finance, Human Resource Management, Industrial Production Management, International Business, Management, Sport Management, and Marketing, and the BS in Leadership and Organizational Performance. Graduate students have an opportunity to earn a master’s degree in Accountancy, Management, or Business Administration 100% online. Students have the option to enroll in Real-Time Virtual Learning Classes if they’d like to be able to interact with their peers and professors, without actually coming to the campus.

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