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    Welcome to Hodges University, a regionally accredited, private, nonprofit institution, originally founded in 1990. Our university has expanded to meet the needs of our community and the world around us with campuses in both Fort Myers and Naples, Florida, and educational outreach including not only traditional on-campus instruction, but also online courses and programs. 

    Our mission is to provide transformational, learner driven educational opportunities to a diverse student population, and this mission defines what we do and who we are as a university. We are focused on student success in both education and in life.

    Hodges University offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs; flexible schedules of day, evening, weekend and online classes; self-paced degree options that leverage what students have learned on the job; and hands-on support from faculty with real-world experience.  The Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center is available to assist military veterans, active duty service members and their families as they pursue their educational goals. All of these factors culminate to produce a learning environment unlike any other institution in our region.

    In addition, Hodges University facilitates a comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program that offers English language immersion to non-native speakers of English who want to increase their fluency. More than 25 different countries are typically represented within the ESL student population.

    Finally, we are a part of our region, both as a point of access to higher education for students and as partners in economic and social development. Our position within the community is a role we take very seriously. Along with our continued pursuit to provide skilled and well-qualified employees to the growing local workforce, we continue to identify other ways our institution can serve Southwest Florida. A few of the community-based programs we offer include:

    • the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, which fulfills educational and personal enrichment needs for area seniors with a focus on areas such as literature, arts, music appreciation, history, current world events, and computer technology;
    • the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competency, which initiates, supports and directs training, education and activities that increase diversity and promote cultural competency among our students, faculty, staff and the community;
    • the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, which serves to enhance the governance, management and operations of nonprofit organizations in Southwest Florida;
    • the Identify Fraud Institute, which provides identity theft prevention training and information to the public; and
    • the Hispanic Institute, whose mission is to strengthen the awareness, understanding and impact of Hispanic culture within the university and the community.

    I invite you to explore what Hodges University has to offer and discover what sets us apart from other institutions of higher education.  I believe you’ll be impressed by what this university has achieved and as confident as I am about its potential to accomplish great things in the future.

    Yours sincerely,

    Donald Wortham, Ph.D.
    President

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