Kepler College

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Kepler College
Established 2000
Type Unaccredited
Location Shoreline, Washington, United States

Kepler College (formerly Kepler College of Astrological Arts and Sciences) is an unaccredited[1][2] institution of higher learning which was permitted by the state of Washington to grant degrees between March 9, 2000 and March 9, 2010. None of the degrees granted by Kepler are recognized by federal or regional accrediting agencies.[3] It focused on interdisciplinary liberal arts with an emphasis on the history of astrology. However students attending Kepler College after March 9, 2010, unless they are completing a course of study,[4] are not awarded degrees but certificates of completion of a course of study.[5] Kepler is located in Shoreline, Washington, within the northern perimeter of the city of Seattle, and is named after Johannes Kepler.


In 2001, the school was approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board. This approval was criticized due to Kepler's focus on astrology. One critic affiliated with the University of Washington compared the study of astrology to the study of tae kwon do or quack medicine.[6] The school's name also has been a subject of comment. John Silber, the chancellor of Boston University suggested that the name "honored Kepler not for his strength but for his weakness, as if a society advocating drunkenness named a school for Ernest Hemingway."[6] Silber noted, "The fact is that astrology, whether judged by its theory or its practice, is bunkum. In a free society there is no reason to prevent those who wish to learn nonsense from finding teachers who want to make money peddling nonsense. But it is inexcusable for the government to certify teachers of nonsense as competent or to authorize — that is, endorse — the granting of degrees in nonsense." [7]

Kepler himself seemed to disdain astrology. Sir Oliver Lodge observed that Kepler was "continually attacking and throwing sarcasm at astrology, but it was the only thing for which people would pay him, and on it after a fashion he lived."[8]

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  1. ^ "Was your degree program accredited?". Kepler College. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Kepler's History". Kepler College. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Was your degree program accredited?". Kepler College. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Degree-Granting Authorization". Kepler College. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved March 26, 2011. Kepler College Authorization Degree-Granting Authorization Kepler College is authorized by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board and through March 9, 2010, the College met the requirements and minimum standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree Authorization Act. Students attending the college between March 9, 2000 and March 9, 2010 (and extended to March 9, 2012 to include students completing the teach-out of their degrees) earned Washington State authorized degrees in: Associate of Arts Bachelor of Arts Master of Arts in: Eastern and Western Traditions The History, Philosophy and Transmission of Astrology 
  5. ^ "Certificate Program Information". Kepler College. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b McClure, Robert (July 22, 2001). "Astrology school sets off controversy". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 
  7. ^ Silber, John (May 16, 2001). "Silliness under Seattle stars". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Lodge, O.J., Johann Kepler in "The World of Mathematics", Vol. 1 (1956) Ed. Newman, J.R., Simon and Schuster, pp. 231.

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