Finlandia University

Undergraduates: 525
Setting: Very small four-year, primarily nonresidential
In-state Tuition: $19,980.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $19,980.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: / 21 / 2.89
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 35:65
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 67%

A learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth and service.

Finlandia University is a university in Hancock, Michigan, United States, and the only private university in the Upper Peninsula.

Portage BridgeA learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service Finlandia University is committed to offering liberal arts-based, globally connected, international, ecologically sensitive, spiritually engaged, and career focused baccalaureate and associate degree programs, as well as community education opportunities. A dynamic Lutheran institution located in the pristine beauty of Michigan�s Upper Peninsula, the university fosters intellectual challenge, open dialogue, service to others, and an entrepreneurial response to a world characterized by change. With a diverse faculty and student body, the university provides a connection to contemporary Finland and celebrates its Finnish-American and community roots. The university works to provide a nurturing, caring community focused on connecting theory and practice to the service of human beings and to good stewardship of natural resources.

Suomi College was founded on 8 September 1896 by J. K. Nikander (b. 1855, H�meenlinna, Finland, d. 1919). During the 1880s, large numbers of Finns immigrated to Hancock, Michigan to labor in the copper and lumber industries. As a mission pastor of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America headquartered in Hancock, Nikander observed that Swedish and Finnish immigrants along the Delaware River did not train new ministers, and he feared a loss of Finnish identity. The college's role was to preserve Finnish culture, train Lutheran ministers and teach English. During the 1920s, Suomi College became a liberal arts college and in 1958, the seminary separated from the college. On July 1, 2000, Suomi College changed its name to Finlandia University. The cornerstone of Old Main, the first building erected at Suomi College, was laid on May 30, 1898. Jacobsville sandstone, quarried at the Portage Entry of the Keweenaw waterway, was brought by barge, cut, and used to construct the Old Main. Dedicated on January 21, 1900, it contained a dormitory, kitchen, laundry, classrooms, offices, library, chapel, and lounge. The burgeoning college quickly outgrew this building. In 1901 a frame structure, housing a gym, meeting hall, and music center, was erected on an adjacent lot. The frame building was demolished when Nikander Hall, named for Suomi's founder, was constructed in 1939. The hall was designed by the architectural firm of Eliel Saarinen and J. Robert F. Swanson. In addition to Old Main, the present day main campus consists of Nikander Hall, Mannerheim Hall, Wargelin Hall, Finlandia Hall, the Paavo Nurmi Center for Physical Education, the Kivi House, Hoover Center, the Finnish American Heritage Center, the Chapel of St. Matthew, and the Jutila Center. Finlandia University has been a university of the Lutheran church since its inception. In 1988, the University became affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The curriculum, campus events, and the community explore the value of faith, vocation, and service. The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the University. In 1996, the university transitioned from a two-year university to a four-year university.


Finlandia University Alumni Board Ms. Erica Payne ('07), Vice President, Marquette, Michigan Mrs. Charleen (Hewer) Ahola ('65), Hancock, Michigan Mrs. Evelyn (Laakso) Anderson ('66), Saginaw, Michigan Mrs. Gladys (Mayry) Aukee ('51), Barnes, Wisconsin Rev. Henry T. Aukee ('50), Barnes, Wisconsin Mrs. Susan (Hosking) Biehl ('67), Haslett, Michigan Ms. Rachel Bogacz ('96), Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Mr. Gary Crocker ('57), L'Anse, Michigan Mrs. Nancy (Franti) Crocker ('56), L'Anse, Michigan Mr. Gary Fish ('06), Wausau, Wisconsin Mrs. Donna (Wargelin) Kennard ('58), Norfolk, Virginia Mr. Gary Montgomery ('83), Clarkston, Michigan Mrs. Robin (Alanen) Mosher ('73), Galesburg, Michigan Dr. Norma (Mickelsen) Nominelli ('51), Hancock, Michigan Mrs. Barbara (Whelpley) Regan ('66), Chapel Hill, North Carolina Mrs. Lois Stierna ('65), Melbourne, Florida Mrs. Ellen (Bakka) Varney ('71), L'Anse, Michigan

Chief_administrator: Philip Johnson (President)
Fax: 9064877509
Phone: 9064825300
Geographic region: Great Lakes IL IN MI OH WI
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Undergraduate application fee: $0.00
Graduate application fee: $0.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No