4-year, Regionally accredited
Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church
Degrees: Associate's, Bachelor's
Established by Finnish immigrants to lead to a better future for the Finnish-American community, Finlandia University has developed into a special place for students of all ages seeking an academic degree in an interesting and unique location: the northernmost city in Michigan, Hancock, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Located on the famous Keweenaw Peninsula – the fox’s ear – outdoor recreation and winter sports opportunities abound. The small (536 at latest count) student body is a diverse group originating from both Michigan and out of state (26%). Our research into students’ comments about Finlandia shows a preponderance of “thumbs up,” one of the reasons we chose this university as a 2017 Best Value School.
Another reason we liked Finlandia University is their willingness to offer financial aid, including institutional grants and scholarships, in order to reduce the “sticker price” of around $31,500 to a net cost of about $24,000. These figures are for first year full-time students, including room and board. Many students live nearby off campus, so actual costs may vary a bit. While we feel that a net cost to attend of $24,000 is near our limits for our Best Value designation, we feel that Finlandia is unique enough to merit a 2017 Award.
Academic programs include bachelor degrees in business, nursing, criminal justice, liberal arts and fine arts. Also offered are associate degree programs, including a popular program in physical therapy assisting, plus other programs that may interest you. If you are an individual who likes to experience the four seasons in a unique academic environment and don’t want to create a future “debt bomb” to deal with, devote some time to examining Finlandia University…even if you aren’t Finnish or Evangelical Lutheran.