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:
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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