Summer Bridge Program at Finlandia University in Michigan

Get ahead. Save money. Be more prepared. All while spending seven weeks in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula during the best time of the year.

Finlandia University is proud to be moving into the second year of an intriguing new program designed to prepare students for their first year of college. We call it the Summer Bridge Program, and we hope you’ll join us this summer.

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Let’s run through the numbers.

1 Lake Superior

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has a lot to offer in the summer, including the largest freshwater lake in the world in Lake Superior.

You don’t know summer until you’ve spent a summer in the Keweenaw.

2 Peer Mentors

Along with the full-time FinnU faculty, the program will have two current students helping out throughout the entire program. These peer mentors will lead after-hours activities, study sessions and be available to offer guidance throughout the program.

3 Day Weekends

Classes will run all day Monday through Thursday of each week, with on- and off-campus activities on nights and weekends to introduce students to everything the Upper Peninsula has to offer.

4 Key Elements

Summer Bridge Program students will enjoy a structured academic environment, have unprecedented access to academic resources, enjoy early introductions to advisors and councilors on campus and experience a true taste of on-campus residential life.

All of that will prepare students to have incredible success as they enter their first year at Finlandia.

6 Credits

Six credits of courses that will fit requirements for all majors at Finlandia. The perfect way to get ahead. The courses are Fundamentals of Public Speaking (COM 108) with Dr. Monique Bourdage, College English I (ENG 103) with Dr. Mark Lounibos and Sisu Seminar (UNS 115) with Cindy Cowell.

7 Weeks

The program will run for seven weeks, starting June 26 and ending August 10.

2016-17 Financial Aid Eligibility

Not only is the price low, but current high school seniors will be able to use financial aid from 2016-17 without having an effect on their 2017-18 financial aid.

Dates and Deadlines

  • June 1, 2017 – Suggested Deadline for 2016-17 FAFSA and Application
  • June 14, 2017 – Summer Bridge Program Application Deadline
  • June 21, 2017 – Summer Bridge Program Financial Package Deadline

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It’s going to be fun

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Throughout the Summer Bridge Program, FinnU staff will lead students on adventures throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. These events will vary from local explorations and trips to the nearby sandy beaches to day trips a couple hours away exploring all of what the U.P. has to offer. Below are examples of activities from the 2016 Summer Bridge Program. Join the mailing list for updates on the 2017 schedule as they become available.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Explore Swedetown Trails* – Take a ride 12 miles up U.S. 41 to beautiful Calumet, Michigan and their trail system, Swedetown Trails. The 1,900-acre trail systems are best used during winter for cross country skiing and sledding, but they offer some great fun during the summer as well for running, hiking, and biking! Bike rentals through Cross Country Sports will be $20, while hikers will have access for free.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Fourth of July Fireworks – Celebrate America’s birthday in classic fashion with a small-town celebration in South Range. The event will finish up with fireworks at dusk!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Visit Porcupine Mountains State ParkPorcupine Mountains State Park might be the most beautiful area in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. You’ll want to check it out for the hiking, waterfalls, Lake of the Clouds and of course, Lake Superior.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Day trip to Marquette* – We’ll take a day trip out to the biggest city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Marquette! This trip will include some time on Lake Superior’s shores, visiting Marquette’s downtown area and more!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Copper Harbor trip* – The northern tip of Michigan has a ton to offer, and we’ll help students enjoy the best of it with bike and kayak rentals courtesy of Keweenaw Adventure Company. Even if you don’t want to bike or kayak, there’s still plenty of fun to be had hiking, exploring the old city and enjoying the beauty of Lake Superior.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Explore Hancock* – Swimming in the Portage Lake Shipping Canal, beach volleyball at Hancock Beach and participation in the Upper Peninsula’s largest silent-sports event, the Canal Run, which includes a five-mile run, five-mile walk, 10-mile walk, 10-mile run and half marathon! All of this without leaving the city of Hancock!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

KBIC Powwow* – About a half hour from Finlandia University’s campus is the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), which will be hosting their 38th annual Maawanji’iding.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hungarian Falls night hike – Join Nathan of the Keweenaw Land Trust for an evening hike at the beautiful Hungarian Falls in Hubbell.

Friday, July 29*, 2016

River rafting on the Menominee River* – What a trip this is going to be as students are taken to the fast-flowing Menominee River near Iron Mountain for some river rafting!

* some costs may be incurred. Additional details will be provided as the event gets closer

Let’s Enroll!

Below are the steps you’ll need to follow to enroll in the Summer Bridge Program.

  1. Apply for admissions to Finlandia University
  2. Upon acceptance, discuss the program with your assigned enrollment officer
  3. If using federal aid, fill out the 2016-17 FAFSA
  4. Complete financial aid paperwork
  5. You’re enrollment officer will take care of the paperwork, and register you for the program!

Questions? We’re here to help.

Erin BarnettDean of StudentsFinlandia Universityerin.barnett@finlandia.edu906-487-7324
Sandra Turnquist
Sandra TurnquistDirector of Student Financial ServicesFinlandia Universitysandra.turnquist@finlandia.edu906-487-7240

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Summer Bridge?

A: The Finlandia University Summer Bridge Program is a seven-week, college-credit bearing program that prepares incoming freshmen for a comprehensive college experience that focuses on both academic and social success.

Q: When does the 2017 Summer Bridge Program take place?

A: Move-in day is Sunday, June 25, 2017 with a program orientation and cookout that evening. Classes begin Monday, June 26 and conclude on Thursday, August 10.

Please note: students will observe Independence Day with a break in courses June 30 through July 4.

Q: How do I register for the Summer Bridge Program?

A: Work with your Admissions Officer to register.

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Q: What is the total cost of the Summer Bridge Program?

A: Students pay $5,000. That includes tuition and room and board. Students must also pay their $100 matriculation fee. There are no other fees associated with the program.

Q: How does a student qualify for financial aid?

A: Students wanting to participate in the Summer Bridge Program must be accepted into Finlandia University as degree-seeking students, and complete their 2016-17 and 2017-18 FAFSA with Finlandia University (School Code: 002322) listed first.

What is the FAFSA? Learn all about it here.

Q: What is the deadline to apply for financial aid?

A: In order to qualify for financial aid, applicants must complete their 2016-17 FAFSA by June 14 and their 2017-18 FAFSA by June 21.

What is the FAFSA? Learn all about it here.

Q: Will this effect my entrance scholarship?

A: Yes, and that’s a great thing for you. Students are able to bump up their entrance scholarship level based on the grade point average they earn during the Summer Bridge Program. Combine this with the sizable percent discount of the summer courses, and students could save tens of thousands of dollars because of this program.

Q: Is this program open to all Finlandia students?

A: No. This program is only open to incoming freshmen coming out of high school and incoming transfer students who have earned less than 12 credit hours.

Q: Are there any requirements to be accepted?

A: Acceptance into the Summer Bridge Program is contingent upon acceptance into Finlandia University. New students who have earned 12 or more credit hours elsewhere are not eligible.

Q: Do Summer Bridge Program students need to attend New Student Orientation?

A: Students who successfully complete the Summer Bridge Program will be exempt from portions of New Student Orientation because many of the orientation topics and workshops are integrated into the Summer Bridge Program.

Q: What type of support will students receive after completing the summer program?

A: All Summer Bridge Program participants will have the option to apply for TRIO Student Support Services, and will be assigned an academic coach for their first semester.

Q: What kind of a time commitment does the Summer Bridge Program require?

A: Students admitted into the Summer Bridge Program are required to attend classes each day. Students will have free time during the evening hours of each day, and a two-hour midday lunch break. Classes run Monday through Thursday, so participants will be provided three-day weekends through the program.

Q: What courses will be offered as part of the Summer Bridge Program?

A: The courses are Fundamentals of Public Speaking (COM 108) with Dr. Monique Bourdage, College English I (ENG 103) with Dr. Mark Lounibos and Sisu Seminar (UNS 115) with Cindy Cowell. These courses will fit into the requirements for students of all majors.

Q: Are students required to live on campus during the program?

A: Living on campus during the Summer Bridge Program is highly recommended. The program is specifically designed for students to have a full college experience, including the residential life experience. Those interested in in living off campus during the Summer Bridge Program should contact Program Director Erin Barnett.

Q: Do students have to move out of Finlandia Hall between Summer Bridge Program and the start of the fall semester?

A: Students who will be residing in Finlandia Hall for both the Summer Bridge Program and the fall semester do not have to move their belongings out of Finlandia Hall between the program and the beginning of the semester. However, a room change may be necessary. Furthermore, students are unable to reside in Finlandia Hall at the end of the Summer Bridge Program through their assigned move-in date without making specific arrangements with Residence Life Staff. There will be additional charges for students wishing to stay beyond August 11.

Q: Will students have access to Finlandia facilities, such as the Paavo Nurmi Center and Maki Library?

A: Yes! The Paavo Nurmi Center, Maki Library, computer labs and other facilities will have open hours for Summer Bridge Program participants.

Q: In what ways will Finlandia help students structure their free time?

A: Finlandia staff and peer mentors will host a slew of great events to explore Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. That will include trips to local attractions like Hungarian Falls, Copper Harbor and the Quincy Mine (once the deepest mine in the world!), visits to local beaches (including the one located less than two miles from campus), and opportunities to enjoy the beautiful outdoors by biking, hiking, swimming and more!


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