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First Year Experience

First Year Experience

Welcome to campus!

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


New Student Orientation (NSO) takes place over the first weekend on campus. NSO 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. NSO is designed for both commuter and residential students.


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, prepare students to succeed academically, and serve the common good. Sisu Seminar is administered through Canvas. Incoming students should login to Canvas and click on the Sisu Seminar course to learn more.

New Student Orientation

Thursday, AUGUST 25

  • New Student Orientation including:
    • 8:00am – 4:00pm – The big move-in day at Finn Hall!
    • 5:00pm to 6:00pm – Orientation Welcome at the Hirvonen Auditorium
    • 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Meetings with your Sisu Leaders (Orientation Leaders) – Hirvonen Building & Quincy Green. Parents are invited to the Parent Reception in the Finnish American Heritage Center during this same time.
    • 7:00pm – 9:00pm – Free time with your parents.
    • 9:00pm – Mandatory floor meetings with your RAs.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26

  • New Student Orientation including:
    • 8:00am – 9:00am – Breakfast in the cafeteria
    • 9:15 – 9:45 – Welcome for the day, meet with Sisu Leaders.
    • 10:00am – Noon – Informational sessions.
    • Noon – 1:15pm – BBQ at Finn Hall with faculty and staff.
    • 1:25pm – 3:30pm – Informational sessions.
    • 3:45pm – 4:50pm – Class picture on Quincy Green.
    • 5:30pm – 6:30pm – Dinner in the cafeteria.
    • 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Lawn Games on Quincy Green. The entire campus community is invited!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27

  • New Student Orientation including:
    • 8:00am – 9:00am – Breakfast in the cafeteria.
    • 9:00am – 11:45am – Information Sessions in the Hirvonen Auditorium.
    • Noon to 1:15pm – Lunch in the cafeteria.
    • 1:30pm – 3:15pm – Informational Sessions
    • 4:30pm – 6:00pm – Dinner in the cafeteria.
    • 8:00pm – 11:00pm – Movie Night on Quincy Green! The entire campus community is invited! We will be showing the movie ‘Dune!’
  • Residence Hall Opens to Returning Students

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28

  • New Student Orientation including:
    • 8:30am – 10:00pm – Breakfast in the cafeteria.
    • 10:30am – 11:00am – Welcome to the New Academic Year in the Chapel.
    • 11:00am – Noon – Shuttle to Walmart #1 (in case you need to run any last errands! Meet in the downstairs lobby of Finn Hall.)
    • Noon – 1:00pm – Lunch in the cafeteria.
    • 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Shuttle to Walmart #2 (in case you need to run any last errands! Meet in the downstairs lobby of Finn Hall.)
    • 4:30pm – 6:00pm – Dinner in the cafeteria.

Directions

From Houghton, MI

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