HANCOCK, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – On March 2, 2023, Finlandia University’s board of trustees announced it would stop operations and not enroll students for the 2023-2024 school year.

Since then, the closure of the Upper Peninsula university prompted students and some faculty to transfer to other schools or employment. Most of the buildings have been auctioned off and are now privately owned.

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However, the Finnish tradition of the school will stay close to home. The city of Hancock owns three buildings now: Mannerheim Hall, Nikander Hall and Wargelin Hall.

In January, the Finlandia Foundation National purchased the Finnish American Heritage Center and the North Wind Books. The Director for the Heritage Center said they want to preserve the legacy of Finlandia. The group is still working on removing or preserving the remaining Finlandia signage.