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.


A private college Finlandia is the only private college in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Areas of study
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.


Best Value SchoolFinlandia University offers several unique tuition initiatives, numerous merit-based scholarships and one of the most affordable tuition rates in the upper Midwest for a private university. 100 percent of our full-time domestic students receive some sort of financial aid. In 2015-16 that added up to Finlandia investing more than $2.7 million into the future of our students. In 2017 and 2018 FinnU was named a Best Value School.


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