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]
MottoIntegritas, Veritas, Sapientia [2]
Motto in English
Purity, Truth, Wisdom
Type Private [3]
Established1977 [4]
ChancellorArthur Keiser [5]
Students19,510 [6]
Undergraduates17,892 [6]
Postgraduates1,618 [6]
Location, ,
United States

Latitude and Longitude:

26°11′10″N 80°09′50″W / 26.1860081°N 80.1638119°W / 26.1860081; -80.1638119
ColorsNavy Blue and Sky Blue
Athletics NAIAThe Sun Conference
Website Official website

Keiser University is a private university with its main campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida [7] and flagship residential campus in West Palm Beach, Florida. [8] Additional branches are located in other parts of Florida and internationally. [9] Keiser provides educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate levels in both 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.


In 1977, Arthur Keiser and his mother, Evelyn, [10] 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, Keiser 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, the University switched from a profit to a not-for-profit model, when Arthur Keiser sold the institution for an undisclosed sum to Everglades College Inc., a non-profit entity founded by Keiser that also operates Everglades University. [3] [11]

In 2015, Keiser University added a 100-acre flagship residential campus in West Palm Beach, on the site of what was formerly Northwood University's Florida campus. The goal of this expansion was to help in providing students with a residential, traditional, educational experience in West Palm Beach, Florida. [12] In 2016, the university launched the new College of Chiropractic Medicine, with Dr. Michael Wiles serving as the Dean. This is the first program of its kind started in South Florida. [13] [14]

Licensure and accreditation

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. [15]

Recognition and Rankings

  • In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Keiser University #272 (tie) out of all national universities and #34 (tie) in "Top Performers of Social Mobility." [16]
  • In 2019, Washington Monthly ranked Keiser University 263rd out of 395 schools on its national universities list. This ranking is based on three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service. [17]
  • In 2018, Money magazine rated Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale at #8 in top colleges for the money in Florida. [18]


Keiser University athletic teams are called the Seahawks. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in The Sun Conference. Prior to July 2015, the Seahawks represented Northwood University's West Palm Beach campus. [19]

Basketball was started in the 2006–2007 season, after the hiring of Rollie Massimino in 2005, as Director of Basketball Operations for both men's and women's basketball. [20] Per ESPN, on December 14, 2016, Massimino, Keiser University's men's basketball coach, became the third active coach to achieve 800 career wins and the ninth coach overall. Massimino was 82 years old at the time. [21]

In 2016, the Keiser University women's golf team won the 2016 NAIA Women's Golf Championship national title. This marked the second-straight year and the third time in school history (2003 and 2015) that the Seahawks claimed top honors. [22] Keiser University won the Sun Conference Commissioners Cup for the 2015–16 athletic season. [23] Also in 2016, Keiser announced its plan to add football to its slate of varsity athletic programs, beginning during the 2018–19 academic year. [24] In 2018, Keiser announced that the inaugural Men's wrestling season will begin during the 2019–2020 academic year. Keiser, along with Southeastern University and St. Thomas University (2020), are the current institutions that sponsor scholarship wrestling programs in Florida. [25] This brings the total number of varsity teams to 25. [26]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Keiser History". Keiser University. 2007. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
  2. ^ "INTEGRITAS VERITAS SAPIENTIA®. 2011. Keiser University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL , USA". 2010. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Field, Kelly (January 13, 2011). "Keiser U. Goes Nonprofit". Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
  4. ^ Travis, Scott (September 12, 2011). "Keiser University celebrates 35th year by becoming a nonprofit". Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "Letter From The Chancellor". Keiser University. 2010. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale FALL 2018 Enrollment". The Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  7. ^ Find Your Campuses and Locations. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  8. ^ Flagship Residential Campus - Keiser University. Keiser University. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  9. ^ "Keiser University: San Marcos, Carazo, Nicaragua". Keiser University. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "Keiser University: Nonprofit Operation Advantageous". The Ledger. January 21, 2011. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
  11. ^ Luzer, Daniel (January 24, 2011). "Beyond Profit". Washington Monthly. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
  12. ^ (July 1, 2015). Keiser University Acquires Northwood - West Palm Beach Campus. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  13. ^ "Keiser University Opens First College of Chiropractic Medicine in South Florida, Welcomes Inaugural Class of Students". PRWeb. August 31, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "Sunshine State Adds DC Degree Program". Dynamic Chiropractic (Vol. 34, Issue 5). March 1, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  15. ^ Articulation Agreement Between the Florida Division of Community Colleges and Keiser University Archived September 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, February 8, 2007
  16. ^ Keiser University - Profile, Rankings, and Data. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  17. ^ 2019 National University Rankings. Washington Monthly. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  18. ^ (Aug 14, 2018). Johnson, Don. Here's Where Florida's Colleges Rank: Money Magazine. Patch. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  19. ^ Bandell, Brian. (Mar 15, 2015). Keiser University to take over Northwood University's West Palm Beach campus. South Florida Business Journal. Retrieved Sep 9, 2020.
  20. ^ Nelson, Marcus (March 23, 2005). "Northwood talks with Massimino". West Palm Beach, Florida: Palm Beach Post. pp. 1C, 10C.
  21. ^ "Ex-Nova coach Massimino joins elite 800-win club". December 15, 2016.
  22. ^ Tommy Chasanoff (2016). "Seahawks Win Back-To-Back National Championships". National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  23. ^ "Keiser Claims Commissioner's Cup; Watson, Jarrett Honored at Ad Meetings". The Sun Conference. 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  24. ^ "Keiser Adds Football Program". Victory Sports Network. October 11, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  25. ^ Palmer, Mark (March 5, 2018). "Keiser University to add wrestling, hires coach". Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  26. ^ "Bertolone Tabbed To Lead Inaugural Keiser Wrestling Program In 2019". Retrieved December 12, 2018.

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