Finlandia University

Finlandia University

Finlandia University was established in 1896 by the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's pastor, J. K. Nikander. Originally known as Suomi College, the main campus is located in Hancock, Michigan. It also operates the Jutila Center Campus in the city.

Finlandia University offers associate's degree programs in general studies, criminal justice, and physical therapy assistance. Bachelor's degrees are awarded in art and design, elementary education, nursing, liberal studies, business administration, and human services. The university is organized into the following divisions:

  • College of Health Sciences
  • International School of Art & Design
  • International School of Business
  • Suomi College of Arts & Sciences

The athletics department of Finlandia University sponsors more than 10 teams in basketball, baseball, cross country, ice hockey, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball. The teams are nicknamed the Lions, and they compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III.

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Contacting Finlandia

Finlandia University
601 Quincy St
Hancock , MI 49930-1832
General Phone: (906) 482-5300

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Finlandia Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management21business management
Fine Arts18fine arts studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine17registered nursing
Therapy and Counseling16physical therapist assistant
Liberal Arts13liberal arts and sciences, general studies
Education and Teaching12elementary school teaching
Family and Social Work11human services
Security and Law Enforcement7criminal justice and police

Number of programs and degrees for Finlandia in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree866
Associate's degree293

Finlandia Student Body

In 2007-2008, Finlandia had a total enrollment of 559 students (501 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 5%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 85%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 4%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 25%
18-19 14%
20-21 12%
22-24 9%
25-29 8%
30-34 5%
35-39 5%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)6%
State unknown1%

Finlandia Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 60 %
Part-Time 43 %

Finlandia Room and Board (2007)

Finlandia offers campus housing for 182 of its 501 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Hancock, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Finlandia Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Finlandia Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 17,914
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,914
Room and board $ 5,800
Room charge $ 3,132
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,668
Books and supplies $ 1,500
Other expenses $ 3,030

Financial Aid:
Finlandia participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 232200)

Finlandia Faculty

Finlandia has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year1*6$46,162
Associate professoracademic year5$44,5524$44,552
Assistant professoracademic year2*10$37,746
Instructoracademic year1*2*
All faculty totalacademic year9$42,87822$41,369

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Finlandia Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Division III Independents
Baseball Division III Independents
Track Division III Independents

Finlandia Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapist Assistant

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Finlandia Highlights

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What Sets Finlandia Apart:

% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 5%Finlandia % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in fine arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 5%Finlandia % of degrees in fine arts
% of degrees in family and social work
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Finlandia % of degrees in family and social work
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%Finlandia % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Finlandia Dorm rooms per full-time student
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Finlandia Faculty/student ratio (full-time)

checked Evangelical Lutheran Church affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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