Finlandia University: Narrative Description

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601 Quincy St.
Hancock, MI 49930-1882
Tel: (906)482-5300; 877-202-5491
Admissions: (906)487-7311
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1896. Setting: 25-acre small town campus. Endowment: $2.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5740 per student. Total enrollment: 520. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 429 applied, 52% were admitted. 5 valedictorians. Full-time: 453 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 67 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 15 states and territories, 7% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 24% 25 or older, 27% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 54% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: protective services/public administration; business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Recommended: SAT or ACT. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. One-time mandatory fee: $75. Comprehensive fee: $19,764 includes full-time tuition ($14,700) and college room and board ($5064). Full-time tuition varies according to degree level and program. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $495 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load, program, and reciprocity agreements.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Community Action, Campus Enrichment, Hall Government, International Group. Major annual events: Winter Carnival, Campus Play. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. 192 college housing spaces available; 143 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through junior year. Option: coed housing available. Sulo and Aileen Maki Library with 46,092 books, 1,867 microform titles, 280 serials, 3,570 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $162,178. 65 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The campus is located near downtown Hancock, within a day's drive of Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Duluth, and Minneapolis. The city, in "Copper County" sprang up amid the region's copper mining industry at the turn of the century. The area still has historical remnants of the mining but it is also know for its autumn when the expansive forests are ablaze with color. Community services include two hospitals, four theaters, and all major civic, fraternal, and service organizations. Recreational activities include fishing, camping, skiing, hunting, golf, hockey, and basketball, as well as the cold water and clean beaches of Lake Superior. Limited off-campus employment is available.

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