Transfer to Finlandia University in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Finlandia University is a wonderful place to continue your education, especially if you like the individualized attention that can only be provided on a small campus like ours. While our campus and class sizes might be small, we offer incredible opportunity to our students. That great degrees in a surprisingly wide variety of programs (health sciences, fine art and design, business, liberal arts and more!), some of the most beautiful surroundings in the world in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, NCAA Division III athletics and much, much more.

In addition, it’s the only place you will be able to experience the value of a private higher education at the price of in-state tuition.

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Four Reasons to Transfer to FinnU

1. Uncommon Attention

At Finlandia we pride ourselves in providing an experience you won’t find anywhere else. Our average class size during the 2016-17 academic year was 11 students, which allows for a more personalized educational experience, ensures no one gets left behind, and aids in the personal growth we see year after year in our students. We pride ourselves in providing a whole-person educational experience.

It’s not just in our classrooms either, most students at FinnU get to know the staff, enjoy pizza with the President and because of our focus on service, they get to know the Copper Country community. Bottom line: At Finlandia you’ll be more than a number, you’ll be a valuable member of our tight-knit campus community.

2. Great Academic Programs and Opportunities

Finlandia University has dozens of great degree options that will fit your interests, skills and personality. We have a page that showcases all of our academic programs, but what we’d highly suggest is reaching out to one of our admissions officers. They’ve met with representatives and faculty from each of our academic programs, and they can help you find your perfect fit. Plus, they’ll tell you all about our incredibly study abroad opportunities.

3. We Make it Easy

Our goal is to make Finlandia University the friendliest school for transfer students. How are we looking to achieve that? Our application is free, online and simple. Our acceptance policy is straight forward and quickly enacted upon. Our gracious policy of accepting credits means the work you’ve done will be counted. In today’s world we know students and families expect things to happen quickly, and we’ve modernized our process to do exactly that.

4. In-State Tuition Pricing for All Transfer Students

Transfer students come with certain benefits to our school: They’re usually extremely academically prepared, they’re motivated to make things happen, and they graduate at higher rates. Because of that we’ve worked hard to remove as many barriers as we possibly can, and one of those is a tuition rate that is completely unheard of for a private institution.

At Finlandia University a transfer student pays only $6,297 per semester.

That’s the median rate for public schools in-state tuition price, which means you get a private education and a public school price. This policy is new for the Spring 2018 semester, and we know you probably have a lot of questions about it. Click the text below to see a list of frequently asked questions. If you still have questions, or just don’t want to read through that, please get in touch with an admissions officer.

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Steps to Become a student

  1. Application for Admission: Apply online FREE
  2. Submit All Information: This will likely include official college and high school transcript(s), but it will depend on your exact situation.
  3. Financial Aid: We suggest all students complete the FAFSA and work with our Financial Aid office to get a full understanding of their expected expenses and opportunities.
  4. Deposit: Pay a $200 non-refundable security deposit.
  5. Registration: Our admissions office will help you get registered for the next semester.
  6. Housing: Our admissions office will help you find a place at Finlandia Hall or off campus.
  7. Student Accounts: You’ve been accepted. You’re registered. You know where you’re living. Now it’s time to start packing your bags, buying your books and pay your first semester’s tuition bill. Our Student Accounts office will help you with this.

Applications for admission to Finlandia University are accepted at any time and acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis. Learn more about our deadlines, and get started on your application TODAY!


FinnU-ParadeofNationsFinlandia University is accredited with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and accepts credits from other accredited colleges and universities throughout the nation. Finlandia also accepts credits from options such as College in the Schools (CIS), Dual Enrollment courses, Early College programs, Postsecondary Education Options (PSEO), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Transfer credit is granted for applicable courses with a grade of C or better to Finlandia’s academic programs.

The Michigan Transfer Network allows students, advisers and the general public to view transfer course equivalencies from Michigan colleges and universities. Visit this site to view transfer equivalencies for Finlandia University.

Transfer credits for out-of-state colleges and universities will be evaluated by the Registrar’s Office when we receive your official transcripts.

For specific questions about transferring credits and academic requirements contact Finlandia’s transfer coordinator, Craig Kangas.

Scholarship Opportunities

Finlandia prides itself in making a private education in northern Michigan as accessible as possible, and part of that is helping our students find incredible scholarship and grant opportunities. Our Financial Aid office will work hand-in-hand with every student to make sure every potential financial aid possibility is examined for each student. That could mean federal funding, work study aid, grants from the state of Michigan or applying for competitive scholarships. Learn more by visiting the Financial Aid section of the website, and while they’re be sure to reach out to them and say hi!

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Forms / Policies


Craig KangasAssistant Director of Admissions and Transfer CoordinatorFinlandia Universitycraig.kangas@finlandia.edu906-487-7208
Kelly Dostaler
Kelly DostalerCoordinator of Admissions OperationsFinlandia Universitykelly.dostaler@finlandia.edu906-487-7263


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