Students in field

Finlandia Admissions collaborating with U.P. high schools

October 14, 2021


Finlandia’s admissions team is hitting the road in the Upper Peninsula this fall with 60 high school visits planned in 60 days. The campaign named none other than “60 in 60” sets out to engage with students in their classrooms with sessions covering personal and professional development, career planning, FAFSA Q&A’s and many other topics revolving around student development.

Education Partner Manager Lauren Huested is spearheading the project for Finlandia. Huested is taking on the challenge of visiting these schools in person, making sure every Upper Peninsula high school has the opportunity to collaborate.

“Similarly to how folks were when I moved to the Upper Peninsula, U.P. high school staff and faculty have been nothing but welcoming and excited to have me in their classrooms representing Finlandia,” Huested said. “Each visit leaves me inspired by the students I meet and grateful for the opportunity to work with them. Although not every student I meet will attend Finlandia, I hope that every student leaves having learned something from the workshops I facilitate and revitalizes their excitement for what’s to come after high school!”

For high schools such as Baraga Area, the opportunity has provided students a brief change in curriculum, affording them a creative opportunity to build on their skills sets such as preparing for job interviews or creating resumes for the first time.

“This visit was very welcome after not having college representatives in for so long! It was a great opportunity for our students to speak to someone with first hand experience with a college that many are considering. The addition of a goal building session was another great experience for our students to create goals they may not have realized were important to their futures,” Guidance Counselor and English Teacher Amanda Rinkinen of Baraga Area Schools said. “Thank you for taking the time to come into our school!”

While Huested is engaging with U.P. high schools, Enrollment Counselor Sherry Wyeth is visiting local hospitals and clinics getting the word out about Finlandia’s price drop of their Online RN-BSN program to a maximum out-of-pocket cost of $7,500. The program is now not only one of the most affordable in Michigan, but the only accredited program in the Western U.P. while ranking third in the state for online RN-BSN programs in 2020.

As high school seniors begin to fill out college applications this fall, Finlandia’s enhanced application processing time allows an unprecedented 72-hour turnaround. While most universities see waiting lists or application turnaround times of weeks on end, Finlandia’s Dean of Enrollment Anthony Schwass, Coordinator of Admissions Operations Kelly Dostaler and Enrollment Counselor Jason Dart are making sure that applying for college is a quick and easy process.

Learn more by listening to this week’s Finlandia Fridays podcast episode with Dean of Enrollment Anthony Schwass!

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