First Year Experience

First Year Experience

Welcome to Finlandia! Below is information on Finlandia's First Year Experience.

We’re so excited to welcome you to campus.

The Finlandia First Year Experience is a set of annual programming designed to introduce incoming students to Finlandia and provide the academic and social tools they need to succeed in their undergraduate education.

The First Year Experience program is delivered in three sections:

Pre-Arrival Orientation (virtual), On-Campus Orientation, and the Sisu Seminar.

Pre-Arrival Orientation is provided remotely prior to student arrival on campus. This session introduces students to Finlandia’s learning management, registration, communications, and career support systems. Students will also complete their CliftonStrengths assessment, in preparation for the Strengths coaching provided as part of the Sisu Seminar. Click here to access the Pre-Arrival Orientation sessions.

On-Campus Orientation takes place in person during students’ first weekend on campus. This session introduces students to the physical campus, available academic and social support systems, and co-curricular opportunities. Students will also learn about social responsibility, including expected conduct and consent. This session includes several recreational and community-building activities.

Sisu Seminar is a one-credit, full semester course required for all incoming Finlandia students. Sisu Seminar is designed to foster a sense of belonging at Finlandia, by providing opportunities for students to interact with peers and the broader campus community. It also prepares students to succeed academically and serve the common good. As part of the seminar, students will participate in a service project to help develop their sense of place, contribute to the community, and cultivate an appreciation for service-based learning.

The Sisu Seminar is administered through Canvas. Incoming students should login to Canvas and click on the Sisu Seminar course to learn more.

Daily Events

Updated 3/22/21

Thursday, August 19

Time and location TBD International Student Check-In and Orientation

Friday, august 20

Arrive at Finlandia Hall Cafeteria by 10am  

10am Break into Orientation teams at Finlandia Hall

11am Opening Convocation in Hirvonen Building

11:45 am Class picture on Quincy Green

Noon Pasty Lunch on Quincy Green

1pm Family Session — Upper Chapel 

1pm Academic meetings/Advisor meetings 

2-4 pm Concurrent Sessions

5-7pm Picnic and beach volleyball at Hancock Beach

Shuttles from Finlandia Hall every 15 minutes, beginning at 5pm.  Last shuttle leaves Hancock Beach at 7:15pm.

Saturday, august 21

Arrive at Finlandia Hall Cafeteria by 9:45 am.  

10 am – 11:30 am Hancock Scavenger Hunt

11:30am-2pm  Team Building and Lunch 

2-4 pm Concurrent Sessions

4-5pm Walmart Shuttles

Sunday, august 22

Noon-3pm Shuttles to Walmart (advanced sign up required)

Tuesday, august 24

Root Beer Floats w/ President Johnson prior to Sisu Seminar

On-Going Events

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