Hawthorn has been approved to operate programs in holistic nutrition from the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) since 2002. Approval to operate means that Hawthorn meets state standards. This does not imply that Hawthorn University or its educational programs are endorsed or recommended by the state or by the bureau only that Hawthorn University has met the minimum state standards.

On September 7, 2016, the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education renewed Hawthorn University's (Institution Code: 48441699) approval to operate for 5 years, contingent upon the institution's ability to comply with the mandatory provisions of Senate Bill (SB) 1247 and achieve accreditation by the July 1, 2020 deadline. Any questions a student may have regarding the approval of the BPPE that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0808, Web Address:; Telephone: (888) 370-7589 or (916) 431-6959 or by fax (916) 263-1897.

Our educational programs have been reviewed and approved as meeting the National Association of Nutritional Professional's educational standards (NANP Graduates of the DSC, MSHN, MHNE, and NC programs are eligible to sit for the board certification exam in holistic nutrition from the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board ( Graduates of the MSTN program are qualified to sit for the NANP board certification exam if they complete two additional courses; MHNE 611 and HRB 1.

The International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC) has credited our programs with distinction. The Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition and the Doctorate of Science in Holistic Nutrition programs are approved at the Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP) designation and the Masters of Science in Health and Nutrition Education and the Nutrition Consultant programs at the Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner (RNCP) level.  Visit for more information.

The Better Business Bureau has given Hawthorn an A+ rating.