About Finlandia University

Finlandia University is a private, not-for-profit, HLC accredited, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The school is located in Michigan’s northernmost city, Hancock, and was founded in 1896 by Finnish immigrants as Suomi College.


Finlandia University is the only institution of higher learning in North America founded by Finns, a fact that’s evident throughout Finlandia’s campus.

FinnU is home to the cultural center of Finns in North America, the Finnish American Heritage Center. In addition, the university hosts a unique curriculum and library of resources focused on nordic studies, several Finnish exchange students and interns each year, and the Finnish American Reporter, a monthly newspaper celebrating Finnish American heritage.


Finlandia University was founded by Finnish lutherans looking to make a better life for future generations. Still today that lutheran influence can be felt on Finlandia’s campus as it is one of 26 colleges and universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).


A private college Finlandia is the only private college in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Areas of study
Finlandia offers academic programs of study leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees in the disciplines of art and design (BFA), business (BBA), liberal studies (BA, AA, AGS), and health sciences (BSN, AAS).

Finlandia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association for Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC).

Copper Country

Our Location
Finlandia’s campus is located in the Keweenaw Peninsula, the northernmost point of land in Michigan. Natural beauty, mining and immigrant history, a thriving arts community, and year-round outdoor recreation opportunities are plentiful in this region known as the Copper Country.

Finlandia students enjoy miles of public beaches, more than 25 local waterfalls and easy access to Lake Superior, the largest body of fresh water in the world. Adventurous spirits find inspiration and enjoyment on miles of local hiking and biking trails, at two national and four state parks, and on acres of pristine, natural forest land.

Outdoor Recreation
Finlandia students enjoy mountain biking, hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing and boating, and with average annual snowfall of 250-300 inches, snowboarding, skiing, and ice hockey.


Frequent cultural, fun, and service activities are hosted by student organizations and the university. The local community offers multiple opportunities for students to attend and participate in theatre, concerts, festivals and competitions.

Our students

More than 500 students from 25 states and six countries attended Finlandia during the 2015-16 year. About 39% live on campus; 43% are male, 57% are female; 14% are minority students; about 96% are seeking bachelor degrees.

Faculty-to-Student Ratio – 1:12

Our average class size is about 20 students. Finlandia faculty are committed to your personal and intellectual growth. With the careful mentorship that occurs in our small class settings, you’ll forge relationships with your teachers that will inspire you and last a lifetime.


Finlandia student-athletes compete in 16 NCAA Division III sports: Men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s hockey, men’s and women’s cross-country running, men’s and women’s tennis, football, baseball, softball and men’s and women’s golf. FinnU’s school colors are Finlandia Blue, Anthracite Black and White, and the university’s mascot is Riku F. Lion (follow him on Twitter!).


Finlandia University offers several unique tuition initiatives, numerous merit-based scholarships and one of the most affordable tuition rates in the upper Midwest for a private university. When it’s all said and done more than 98% of full-time Finlandia students receive financial aid. In 2015-16 that added up to Finlandia investing more than $2.7 million into the future of our students.

Our Mission

Finlandia University is a learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service. With its dedicated faculty and diverse student body, the university fosters intellectual challenge, open dialogue, service to others, and an entrepreneurial response to a world characterized by change.

YesWeMustLogoFinlandia University is a member of the Yes We Must Coalition, which strives to increase degree attainment of low-income students by promoting the work of small, independent, not-for-profit colleges and universities committed to this purpose.


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