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Hawthorn University has closed as of December 15, 2021

After an extensive analysis and thoughtful deliberation, the Hawthorn University Board of Governors is announcing that the University will cease operations by the end of 2021. Hawthorn University has reached a teach-out agreement with American College of Healthcare Sciences which has been approved by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.

Although closing the University was a hard and difficult decision Hawthorn University has entered into a collaborative and supportive agreement with the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), , to continue our mission of accredited online integrative health and holistic nutrition education. We feel confident in recommending them to carry on our legacy and to meet the students’ educational needs. Their supportive, and open-door philosophy are aligned with Hawthorn, and we feel positive about leaving students in their professional and caring hands.

Hawthorn University will voluntarily withdraw from DEAC accreditation effective December 31, 2021. Students will receive support throughout this transition as Hawthorn will work with students to complete their degree or certificate by 12/15/2021 or transfer and complete their program at American College of Health Sciences.

The advantages of ACHS are listed below.

  • ACHS is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • ACHS is authorized to enroll students from all 50 states.
  • ACHS has dedicated admissions advisors to support you through the application process.
  • ACHS will waive the registration fee for those who are accepted for admission and register by September 15, 2021.
  • ACHS offers Federal Financial Aid and Military Education Benefits to those that qualify.
  • ACHS accepts transfer of credit from accredited institutions so please remember to let your ACHS advisor know if you have earned credits from Hawthorn or another institution so they can assist you in maximizing your education and experience.

Academic Transcripts effective December 15, 2021

Transcript requests will be filled by our custodian of records institution, American College of Healthcare Sciences. For details, please visit:

Current and Past Hawthorn Students – Closure Information 

Additional information regarding the University’s closure and the opportunity to complete a program was emailed to the student’s Hawthorn email address and/or the most current email on file. Currently enrolled students may schedule an appointment for Academic Advisement HERE.

Prior Hawthorn students may wish to discuss prior earned credits and educational opportunities available at ACHS.  Visit American College of Healthcare Sciences to request additional information.

The Hawthorn student portal will close on December 15, 2021. Students may download documents to archive from the student portal, including assignments, theses, and dissertations prior to December 15, 2021. To retrieve documents from the portal, choose “Course” and select the course. Select the Graded Assignment” link to open and download assignments. The catalog can be downloaded from the student portal by going to “My Account” and select “My Catalog” from the dropdown. In this area other personal information and documents may be chosen by navigating the horizontal tool bar and dropdown menus for other choices.

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