Students MUST be members of the Weston A. Price Foundation before enrolling into this program.  For more information on the Weston A. Price Foundation visit:

Hawthorn University welcomes students who have graduated from high school or have earned a GED to be considered for enrollment to the WISE Traditions Nutrition Certificate (WTNC) program. Written permission from a legal guardian is required for admission of a person under legal age. Basic computer proficiency, access to the Internet, and E-mail are required.

Students who wish to take just an individual WISE course as a non-matriculated student, must fill out a “Continuing Education” application available in the Continuing Education section and indicate their desired course. As a non-matriculating student there is NO application fee. Students must supply a photo ID.

Please do not submit any of the required documentation below until you have submitted an application and paid the $60 application fee.

The application process for students who wish to earn a WTNC certificate consists of the following steps:

  • $60 Application Fee must be paid online through the application portal
  • Copy of Driver's License or government issued picture ID
  • 2 Letters of recommendation (letters do not need to be professional references, may be from family, friend, co-worker, etc.)
  • Official Sealed Transcripts (showing at least high school graduation)
  • A headshot or clear close up photo for identification in proctored exams
  • Personal Statement

Submit a 500-1000 word personal statement indicating your future goals and reasons for wanting to attend Hawthorn University.

Please include the following information in your essay:

  1. Describe a personal or professional achievement that made you feel empowered or proud. This experience may be a significant challenge that you faced in your life and how you overcame it.
  2. Describe ways you will manage your responsibilities to allow the time/energy necessary to succeed in the program including the number of hours you feel you can devote to your studies per day/week.

How to Submit Application Documents

Letters of recommendation, a copy of your driver's license, and your personal statement can be uploaded online through the My Documents section on the online Applicant Portal, emailed to: , faxed to 866-771-9433, or mailed to the following address:

Hawthorn University
Office of the Registrar
PO Box 275
Whitethorn, CA 95589

Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Registrar's office by your previous school(s).

PLEASE NOTE: If your degree is from a school outside the United States, you will need to have your degree translated (if it is not in English) and evaluated by a service such as World Education Services (recommended). If you prefer, you may also use any service recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES®) Foreign transcript evaluations will add about 3-5 weeks to the application process.

Once approved, you will be sent an Enrollment Agreement for your signature. Upon the Registrar's receipt of the completed agreement along with payment for the first course, you will be officially enrolled in Hawthorn University and you will receive an email with login instructions.

Complete and return the online application. A non-refundable application fee of $60 will be charged to all matriculated students. Your application will be reviewed and qualified applicants will be contacted.

Hawthorn University does not provide English as a second language instruction and all classes are taught in English. Hawthorn University requires prospective international students to have an academic background equivalent to an education in the United States, to fulfill admission requirements and to speak and write fluent English.

For more information on the application process, submit the request more information form or contact admissions.

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