Zayna Achmar, who had been studying clinical psychology at the Chicago branch of Argosy University for three years, was blindsided when the college closed this month. The last days were “chaotic and emotional,” she said.

Professors emptied out their offices, while students ran around trying to get their academic records. Even the library was giving away its books.

None of this had been on her mind when the 32-year-old enrolled at the university years ago, hoping to get her doctorate. Several people close to her had gone to the for-profit university, and it was accredited, so she thought it was safe.

Over the past semester, Argosy crumbled, it seemed, with little notice. 

“I am not just devastated for myself, but for the professors and everyone else affected,” Achmar said. 


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