Finlandia University

Finlandia University is a private, not-for-profit, HLC accredited, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The school is located in Michigan’s northernmost city, Hancock, and was founded in 1896 by Finnish immigrants as Suomi College.

Finlandia University is the only institution of higher learning in North America founded by Finns, a fact that’s evident throughout Finlandia’s campus.

FinnU is home to the cultural center of Finns in North America, the Finnish American Heritage Center. In addition, the university hosts a unique curriculum and library of resources focused on Nordic studies, several Finnish exchange students and interns each year, and the Finnish American Reporter, a monthly newspaper celebrating Finnish American heritage.

Finlandia offers academic programs of study leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees in the disciplines of art and design (BFA), business (BBA), liberal studies (BA, AA, AGS), and health sciences (BSN, AAS).

Finlandia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association for Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC).

Facts and figures

Year Established 1896
Total Number of Staff 170
Number of Academic Staff 62
Number of Students 420
Focus Areas

*Arctic Sustainable Art and Design

*Distance Education and e-Learning

*Managing Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in the North

*Northern Tourism


Web link for international students
Fields of Study Offered Basic/broad, general programmes
Arts (broad programmes)
Fine arts
Audio-visual techniques and media production
Craft skills
Humanities (broad programmes)
Foreign languages
History and archaeology
Philosophy and ethics
Humanities (others)
Social and behavioural science (broad programmes)
Sociology and cultural studies
Social and behavioural science (others)
Business and administration (broad programmes)
Wholesale and retail sales
Marketing and advertising
Accounting and taxation
Management and administration
Business and administration (others)
Biology and biochemistry
Health (broad programmes)
Nursing and caring
Therapy and rehabilitation