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Hodges University releases statement about closing

By Staff | Aug 26, 2023

Hodges Unversity has released the following statement on its decision to close after 33 years in Fort Myers:

“Hodges University Board of Trustees has made the difficult decision to not enroll any new

degree-seeking students for September 2023 and to take the necessary steps to begin to cease

operations on or before the end of August, 2024. Despite continuous efforts to adapt to changing

educational landscapes and provide innovative programs, Hodges University has experienced a

decline in student enrollment in recent years. This decline, combined with ongoing financial

challenges, has created an unsustainable environment, ultimately leading to the difficult decision

by the Board of Trustees to close.

“Hodges University is committed to supporting currently enrolled students as they complete their

studies. All necessary resources and guidance will be provided to ensure a smooth transition and

minimize any disruptions to their education. Many of our students will be able to complete their

degree at Hodges and we are actively working with other accredited institutions to establish

transfer agreements and options for students who will need to continue their educational pursuits


“The administration and faculty at Hodges University extend their deepest gratitude to all the

students, families, and staff members who have been part of the university’s journey since 1990.

We are grateful for the support and dedication shown by our faculty and staff in helping shape

the lives of countless students throughout the years.

Hodges University would like to express sincere appreciation to the local community,

businesses, and organizations that have supported us throughout the years. Your commitment to

accessible higher education has changed lives and made an impact throughout our community.

For further information and updates, please visit the university’s website at Hodges.edu.”

About Hodges University:

Hodges University is a private, non-profit institution located in Fort Myers, Florida.

It was originally founded in 1990 as International College with the goal of providing education and

training opportunities for working adults. In 2007, it changed its name to Hodges University in honor of

its benefactors, Earl and Thelma Hodges, and has been dedicated to offering a diverse range of programs

and degrees designed to meet the needs of today’s rapidly evolving workforce.