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August 28, 2017

Finlandia University begins its 120th year

Finlandia University is alive with the buzz of students once again as classes for the Fall 2017 semester begin this morning. Last night students, faculty, staff and local alumni came together for the opening convocation.

“The convocation ceremony was a great start to the new year,” Campus Pastor Soren Schmidt said. “Between that and the fun that was had at our New Student Orientation, you can feel incredible energy around the university.”

See photos from Orientation and Opening Convocation

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August 24, 2017

Opening Convocation begins Sunday at 4 p.m.

It was the year 1897 when Suomi College and Theological Seminary welcomed its inaugural class of students. This coming Monday, August 28, therefore, marks the start of Finlandia’s 120th academic year. On Sunday we will celebrate our 120th with a gathering, a Finlandia-esque convocation.

Sunday, August 27th, at 4 p.m. students, faculty, staff and local alumni will gather in front of Finlandia Hall. The group will come together as a learning community to celebrate the Finlandia experience and look ahead to a [...]

August 24, 2017

Lincoln now serving as Academic Coach/Personal Counselor at Finlandia University

With the new school year comes a new face in Finlandia’s Nikander Hall as Zoe Lincoln has been introduced as an Academic Coach/Personal Counselor in TRIO Student Support Services.

“Our students will love Zoe,” Director of TRIO SSS Cindy Cowell said. “With a degree in counseling, plus a love of leading co-curricular trips with students, she will be a great resource for our students. We will rely on both her positive energy and expertise in supporting students as [...]

August 24, 2017

Small class sizes lead to huge advantage for students at Finlandia University

Average class size in 2016-17 was 11 students

Finlandia University has long been known for delivering an extraordinary amount of attention to each student it welcomes to campus. During the 2016-17 academic year that shown through with an average class size of 11 students.

“These lower ratios of students to faculty provide a great system of faculty support, an opportunity to offer students uncommon attention,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Fredi de Yampert said. “Sometimes students can feel lost at [...]

August 24, 2017

Finlandia softball hosting beach volleyball tournament fundraiser

Registration is now open for a beach volleyball tournament to benefit the Finlandia University softball team on Monday, September 4 beginning at 10 a.m. at Hancock Beach.

The event is open to students, staff, faculty and members of the community. Teams will consist of six players, with a $10 entry fee. The softball Lions will be on hand selling food and drinks at the beach.

To register e-mail Serena Jaime at srjaime@finlandia.edu.

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August 24, 2017

The Table seeking donations to start school year

Finlandia University is proud host to The Table: Student Needs Pantry & Services, which was made available do to generous support of the Seibert Lutheran Foundation to provide those in need with food and basic essentials.

To start the school year with full shelves, The Table is seeking your donations!

How to help The Table

Finlandia University’s The Table is stocked entirely by donations from caring individuals and groups who are committed to helping “The Table” and those Finlandia students in need. [...]

August 23, 2017

Updated: Academic Calendar for 2017-18

The 2017-18 Academic Calendar is finalized and fully updated on Finlandia University’s website. The calendar is visible by clicking “Academics” then “Academic Calendar” on the main navigation, available to print as a PDF and completely embedded into the full campus calendar by visiting finlandia.edu/events.

2017-18 Academic Calendar

Key Dates on 2017-18 Academic Calendar AUGUST 28

Classes begin for fall semester


Thanksgiving Break (after last class Tuesday)


Final Exam Week End of semester, Friday, December 15


Classes begin for spring [...]

August 23, 2017

Alumni push leads to record video views and $1,500 in donations

A social media push by International School of Art & Design (ISAD) alums in July ended with more than $1,500 in donations or pledges, 16,000 video views and more than 500 video shares.

“I am so impressed and pleased at the dedication of the ISAD alumni,” said Denise Vandeville, dean of the school. “I applaud their determination to help us share the distinct experience that is an education at Finlandia University’s International School of Art & Design.”

August 23, 2017

Campus Ministry launches Snapchat and Instagram accounts

Start your new school year by pressing follow on a couple key new social media accounts on campus! Finlandia University Campus Ministry can now be followed on Instagram and Snapchat by following the username FinnUCampusMin.

The first Instagram post from Finlandia Campus Ministry.

Finlandia Campus Ministry on Instagram Finlandia Campus Ministry on Snapchat

“I’ve been having a blast running around campus with Snapchat in the two days since we launched this account, and we’re going to [...]

August 23, 2017

M.S.P. grant funds It’s On Us series at FinnU

Finlandia University has teamed up with the National It’s On Us campaign to raise awareness about the realities of sexual violence on college campuses. A generous grant of $25,708 was awarded to the university during the 2016-2017 period from the Michigan State Police Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault initiative, and is funding the Finlandia It’s On Us campaign event series. “The national It’s On Us campaign was started in 2014 as a means to encourage college students to stand together against sexual violence. Through [...]