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Keiser University

United States


Keiser University is Florida's largest non-profit university. It is home to almost 20,000 students and is regionally accredited and ranked nationally by the U.S. News & World Report.

Keiser's flagship campus is spread over 100 green acres in the heart of West Palm Beach, where students have exciting opportunities at their fingertips. With days full of sunshine, the location boasts stunning waterfront views as well as close proximity to the Florida Everglades. Entertainment activities include outdoor festivals, theatres, museums, hiking, biking, world-class shopping amenities, and more.

The university was founded in 1977 in response to Florida's need for a career-focused institution. The university is designed to enrich students' minds and enhance their skills while meeting the demands of Florida's economy and workforce. There are several campuses across Florida and internationally, including in China.

At Keiser, students can choose from many associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degree programs. Areas of study help students enter into in-demand career fields, covering business, sport management, engineering, information technology, nursing, and much more.

Keiser University prides itself on having an international representation within its student body, providing a new home and social hub for students from all over the world. Plenty of support is available to help with students' educational experience. There's lots to get involved with outside of the classroom, including 29 sports teams featuring NAIA teams and club sports.

The university offers a high-quality education. Classes are small in size and led by faculty who are passionate about their subject areas. There is a culture of ‘students first', and this is evident through the success of graduates who are ready to join the professional workforce with in-demand skills and qualities.

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What's new

New programs at Flagship

There are a number of new programs now being offered from Keiser's Flagship Campus. These are:

There are also a number of new programs including athletics, E-Sports, fishing club, Women's Flag Football and a clay shooting club team.


Recently, the university has shone in national rankings. The U.S. News & World Report and Niche have both recognized Keiser as one of the country's leading institutions in 2020. Keiser has also been recognized as Florida Trend's number one Private, Non-Profit & University in 2020 enrollment.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked Keiser as:

  • 11th for Social Mobility in 2020
  • 284th for National Universities in 2020
  • Number one college in Florida

In 2020, Niche ranked Keiser as:

  • 9th for Best Online Colleges
  • 13th best college in Florida, and 3rd best online college in Florida
  • Number 19 best Hispanic serving Institution in the U.S.
  • 6th for best student life in Florida
  • 2020 Blackboard Catalyst Award
  • 2019 award winner in Student Success
  • 2020 award winner in Training & Professional Development

New accommodation options

Keiser University is unveiling a brand-new accommodation facility equipped with an impressive range of modern amenities and facilities, at affordable prices. The Lakeside Residence Hall is centrally located on the campus and is a stone's throw from all of the Flagship Campus facilities including sports and recreation, cafes, and classrooms. The building itself is well equipped with double-room suites and collaborative work and social spaces.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Keiser University boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, and almost 50 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. Classes are delivered via a range of delivery formats including face to face and online. It's easy to communicate with professors who strive to provide an inclusive and hands-on experience.

According to Niche, 88 percent of students at Keiser say their professors put a lot of effort into teaching. 82 percent of students say that it's easy to get the classes they want, and 82 percent say the workload is easy to manage.

Keiser was initially founded because of the area's need for a practical career education. It attracts learners who look for a personalized educational environment that is enriched by industry equipment and technologies.

The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and School and Commission on Colleges. It's active within advisory boards for each program, and curriculum, facilities and equipment are regularly reviewed to ensure students get the best education possible in their chosen areas.

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Department structure

Department structure

Over 100 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs are available to choose from, in a range of fields from business to hospitality. The curriculum is career-focused, and the university regularly reviews program content to ensure that it stays on top of industry development. Programs cover:

  • Accounting, finance
  • Business, international business, entrepreneurship
  • Management, human resources
  • Automotive dealership
  • Cinematic arts
  • Criminal justice, political science
  • English for speakers of other languages
  • Hospitality
  • Golf management
  • Equine studies
  • Applied engineering, software engineering
  • Fire science, biomedical sciences
  • Transportation and logistics
  • General studies, interdisciplinary studies
  • Health care, nursing, chiropractic
  • Homeland security, cybersecurity
  • Information technology
  • Marketing, communications
  • Exercise science, sport management, sports medicine, fitness technology
  • Web and mobile development

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To study at Keiser, international students need to meet the different entry requirements. This includes being able to write, read, and speak English fluently. The requirements are:

  • Successful completion of secondary-level school education (equivalent to U.S. high school)
  • Proof of finances that will cover tuition fees and other necessary expenses (or proof of qualifying for financial aid).
  • If students are not native English speakers, they must demonstrate proficiency in the English language (a minimum TOEFL paper-based exam score of 500, computer-based exam score of 173 or internet-based score of 61, or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0).

The university only accepts F-1 visas based on the chosen program of study. International students can apply through the Admissions Office and must submit their applications at least two months before the start of their programs. For students who can't meet the English language requirements, there is an Intensive English Language program they can take before their academic studies.

Transfer credits are evaluated on a course equivalency basis.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

A variety of scholarships are in place to support high-achieving students and those who need financial aid. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in an associate, bachelor's, or master's program and meet other requirements.

Scholarships from the university include the Keiser Merit Scholarship Awards and Athletic Scholarship Awards. Private scholarships are also on offer from external partners for students who meet the criteria. Keiser's Financial Aid department can advise on where to find what's available and how to get more information. University awards depend on GPA scores and are renewable for four years. They include:

  • International Freshman Scholarship – up to USD 16,000 per year
  • Transfer Scholarships – up to USD 9,000 per year
  • Graduate School Scholarships – up to USD 12,000 per year

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The Flagship Campus is based in scenic West Palm Beach, a city packed full of opportunities and adventure. The campus has everything that students could need to support them during their studies, including departments for academic affairs, student services, and administration.

Academic facilities include computer and medical labs, industry-focused learning equipment, numerous workstations and a career center. As well as many learning resources, the library/learning commons consists of individual study spaces, and quiet areas. The university's bookstore, both online and on-campus provides books, course materials, accessories, clothing, gifts, and other supplies.

There are also many services that ensure everyone has a comfortable and enjoyable experience at the university. This includes sports and fitness facilities, lounge spaces, on-site parking, counseling and mental health services and physiotherapy. Students can take advantage of suite-style residences, meal plans, WiFi and recreational areas, intramural activities, athletic teams, and club sports.

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