New Student Orientation at Finlandia University


August 24 – 27, 2017

All newly admitted Finlandia students are required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO). Depending upon the number of credit hours earned at previous institutions, some students may only be required to attend one day of orientation.

  • New and transfer students with 24 or fewer college credits (post-high school graduation) are required to attend the entire three-day orientation. These students are also enrolled in the one-credit course, Sisu Seminar – UNS 115, which is partially fulfilled through participation in the three days of New Student Orientation.
  • New transfer students with 25 or more college credits (post-high school graduation) are only required to attend Friday, August 26.

The orientation program provides opportunities for students to learn more about Finlandia University, connect with faculty, staff and university services, and to engage with other new students.

Orientation 2017 details are still being finalized, the event list below will be constantly updated. Check back often!

2017 Orientation Schedule

Thursday, August 24

1-4 p.m.Nikander 14BACT Residual Testing
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.North Wind BooksOpen
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.Finnish American Heritage CenterOrientation Check In

Friday, August 25

10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.NSO Sessions (policies, advisor/support meetings, tours, library visit, etc.)
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.North Wind BooksOpen
6:30-9 p.m.McLain State ParkLake Superior Picnic. Shuttles depart Finlandia Hall beginning at 4:30 p.m. All students returned to campus by 9pm. The picnic will also feature live music from 5:30 to 8 p.m. by Jonathan Rundman,

Saturday, August 26

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.TBDAdditional Educational Sessions
12 p.m.McAfee FieldWomen's Soccer Game
2 p.m.McAfee FieldMen's Soccer Game
12-1 p.m.McAfee FieldLunch
1-3 p.m.McAfee FieldOpportunity Fair, featuring student organizations and other opportunities for involvement.

Sunday, August 27

9:30 a.m.Chapel of Saint MatthewWorship Service (family and friends invited!)
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.Finlandia HallBrunch
1-3:30 p.m.Hancock BeachBeach Day with Student Senate
5 p.m.Paavo Nurmi CenterOpening Convocation for Fall Semester (all students, employees and family invited!)
6 p.m.Finlandia HallSpaghetti Dinner Feed (all students and employees invited!)

Documents, Links, and Reminders


Erin BarnettDirector, Academic Success and Student LifeFinlandia Universityerin.barnett@finlandia.edu906-487-7324
Keith ArnoldEnrollment Officer / International Student Coordinator / Men's Assistant Basketball CoachFinlandia Universitykeith.arnold@finlandia.eduDesk: (906) 487-7311 Cell: (906) 370-3777
Leann FogleCoordinator of Residential LifeFinlandia Universityleann.fogle@finlandia.edu906-487-7276




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