Mission & Vision


A learning community dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service.


Finlandia University is committed to offering liberal arts-based, globally connected, international, ecologically sensitive, spiritually engaged, and career-focused baccalaureate and associate degree programs, as well as community education opportunities. A dynamic Lutheran institution located in the pristine beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the university fosters intellectual challenge, open dialogue, service to others, and an entrepreneurial response to a world characterized by change. With a diverse faculty and student body, the university provides a connection to contemporary Finland and celebrates its Finnish-American and community roots. The university works to provide a nurturing, caring community focused on connecting theory and practice to the service of human beings and to good stewardship of natural resources.


The university is committed to the following:

  1. Offering bachelor and associate degree programs that promote the wellbeing of the human community and the natural environment
  2. Providing an atmosphere and environment supportive of open inquiry, personal growth, and collaborative approaches in teaching, campus life, and administration
  3. Providing and encouraging opportunities for service to others
  4. Maintaining a diverse board, faculty, staff, and student body that includes international members
  5. Maintaining programs of mutual cooperation and exchange with institutions of higher education in Finland and other countries
  6. Maintaining an active Lutheran presence on campus and promoting the spiritual growth of students, faculty, and staff
  7. Serving our region and the Finnish-American community
  8. Partnering with individuals, groups, agencies, and institutions in Finland to promote Finnish culture, design, business, and the arts within the United States and abroad
  9. Achieving recognized standards of quality for students, employees, programs, service areas, and fiscal performance


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