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.
Time and location TBD International Student Check-In and Orientation
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.
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
Noon-3pm Shuttles to Walmart (advanced sign up required)
Root Beer Floats w/ President Johnson prior to Sisu Seminar
The Finlandia campus and the Hancock community have much to offer. Choose your own adventure and explore your new community!
We’re working on many more exciting opportunities for students to connect with each other, the campus, and the community.