Keiser University

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Keiser University
Seal of Keiser University
Seal of Keiser University
Former names
  • The Keiser School (1977-1982)
  • Keiser Institute of Technology (1982-1986)
  • Keiser College (1986-2006)
  • Keiser University (2006-present)[1]
Motto Integritas, Veritas, Sapientia[2]
Motto in English
Purity, Truth, Wisdom
Type Private[3]
Established 1977[4]
Chancellor Arthur Keiser[5]
Location Fort Lauderdale, Florida- main campus[1]
Coordinates: 26°11′10″N 80°09′50″W / 26.1860081°N 80.1638119°W / 26.1860081; -80.1638119
Colors Navy Blue and Sky Blue
Athletics NAIA
Nickname Seahawks
Affiliations The Sun Conference
Website Official website

Keiser University is a private non-profit (formerly for-profit) university based in Florida.[6] [3] Keiser provides educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in traditional and online delivery formats. The school is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is also a member of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida. The main campus is in Fort Lauderdale, with additional branches located in other parts of Florida and internationally.[7]


In 1977, Arthur Keiser and his mother, Evelyn,[8] created a career college, the Keiser School, in Fort Lauderdale to prepare students for jobs in Florida’s growing business and healthcare communities. In 1982, with the addition of paralegal and computer programs, the school changed its name to the Keiser Institute of Technology. In 1986 the school began to award associate degrees and became Keiser College. In 2001 the company created its first bachelor's degree programs. Five years later, in 2006, the for-profit school again changed its name and became Keiser University.[1]

In 2010, the Florida Attorney General began to investigate Keiser University and several other for-profit schools based in the state. In 2011, Arthur Keiser sold the institution to Everglades College Inc., a non-profit entity founded by Keiser that also operates Everglades University, for an undisclosed sum.[3][9]

Licensure and accreditation[edit]

Keiser University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels. Keiser University is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education in Florida.[10]


Community College Week ranked Keiser 2nd nationally for colleges with associate degree programs in "health professions and related programs," 5th nationally for colleges with associate degree programs in "nursing: registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing;" and 11th nationally for colleges with associate degree programs in "computer and information sciences and support services."[11] In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Keiser University 14th in the United States South Region of Regional Colleges Best for Veterans.[12]


Main article: Keiser Seahawks

With the acquisition of Northwood University's Palm Beach, Florida location, Keiser also acquired its first athletics program, including basketball coach Rollie Massimino's Seahawks basketball team. Keiser competes in the The Sun Conference of the NAIA.


  1. ^ a b c "Keiser History". Keiser University. 2007. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  2. ^ "INTEGRITAS VERITAS SAPIENTIA®. 2011. Keiser University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL , USA". 2010. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  3. ^ a b c Field, Kelly (January 13, 2011). "Keiser U. Goes Nonprofit". Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  4. ^ Travis, Scott (September 12, 2011). "Keiser University celebrates 35th year by becoming a nonprofit". Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  5. ^ "Letter From The Chancellor". Keiser University. 2010. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  6. ^ Scott Travis, "A higher degree of success: for-profit universities are gaining in popularity in Florida", South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 19 July 2008
  7. ^ "Keiser University: San Marcos, Carazo, Nicaragua". Keiser University. Keiser University. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Keiser University: Nonprofit Operation Advantageous". The Ledger. January 21, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  9. ^ Luzer, Daniel (January 24, 2011). "Beyond Profit". Washington Monthly. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  10. ^ Articulation Agreement Between the Florida Division of Community Colleges and Keiser University, February 8, 2007
  11. ^ "Associate Degree and Certificate Producers, 2014". Community College Week. Aug 20, 2014. Retrieved Sep 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Best Colleges for Veterans: Regional Colleges (South)". U.S. News & World Report. 2014. Retrieved Sep 18, 2014. 

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