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Keiser University is a private institution located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The university was established in 1977 and also has a flagship residential campus in West Palm Beach. There are branches in various parts of the state and in other counties' and this location is capable of awarding undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to graduates.

Overview of Keiser University

The university is dedicated to helping students succeed by providing the professional and academic foundations necessary to meet various educational goals and objectives. It’s a valuable partner to nearby employers and the community, as well as students who are serious about their academic and working careers. The institution was ranked 5th in Social Mobility by U.S. News and World Report for 2022.

The student population is 19,020, with 16,960 pursuing undergraduate degrees. Keiser University – Ft. Lauderdale also employs 1,254 full-time and 619 part-time faculty members providing course instruction. This makes the student-to-faculty ratio 15:1, which is better than the national average as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics in 2018.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 15:1
Graduation Rate 58%
Year Founded 1977

Student Enrollment

Total Students19,020


Undergraduate Student

Male 4,918
Female 12,042

Graduate Student

Male 597
Female 1,463

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Keiser University Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 1,031
Female 2,651


Male 1,052
Female 2,577

Acceptance Rate97%

Male 98%
Female 96%

Enrollment 1,871

Male 543
Female 1,328
Application Fee $55
High School GPA Considered But Not Required
High School Rank Considered But Not Required
High School Transcripts Considered But Not Required
College Prep Courses Considered But Not Required
Recommendations Considered But Not Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Considered But Not Required
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline NA
Common Application Accepted No

Keiser University Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Keiser University – Ft. Lauderdale students enrolled full-time in undergraduate programs paid approximately $24,136 for the 2023-2024 academic year. Additional expenses are also required, however. The cost of room and board must be accounted for, which amounted to $15,650 that same year. Those who lived off campus paid only $12,304, however. Students also paid $2,000 in books and supplies, as well as $8,992 in other fees. This means that the total expenses for attending classes and living on campus was $50,586 for the year. Students who lived off campus paid a total of between $31,904 and $47,432, depending on whether or not they stayed with family.

Keiser University – Ft. Lauderdale awarded nearly $76 million in scholarship funds to academic and needs-based students over a two-year period. The school is also approved as an eligible institution by the United States Department of Education to participate in Federal Financial Aid Programs. Students are encouraged to complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. As of the 2020-2021 academic year, 98% of full-time, beginning, undergraduate students received some form of financial aid. The majority of money awarded was in the form of grants and scholarships; however, 81% of students still required loans to attend the university.

Average net price 2022-2023
Net Price $35,346
Average Total Aid $8,044
Students Receiving Financial Aid 81%
Room & Board $15,212

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $24,136
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $24,136
  • Books and Supplies - $2,000
  • Room & Board - $15,650
  • Other - $8,800


Keiser University – Ft. Lauderdale provides educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels for a diverse student body in traditional, non-traditional, and online delivery formats. Through quality teaching, learning, and research, the university is committed to offering students opportunities to develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for successful employment.

Students can choose between over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in the following categories:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Chiropractic
  • Cinematic Arts
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Exercise and Sporting Science
  • Fire Science
  • General Studies
  • Healthcare
  • Homeland Security
  • Hospitality Management
  • Information Technology
  • Marking
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Sport Management

As of fall 2020, Keiser University – Ft. Lauderdale had first-year undergraduate retention rate of 69% for full-time students and 33% for part-time students. This indicates that a small majority of students enrolled at the university were happy enough with their academic experience to return the following year. Notably, however, this rate is lower than the national average is 68% throughout the nation.

The overall graduation rate for students who began their studies in 2015 was 58%, with a 0% transfer-out rate. This data shows how frequently students complete their degrees or certificate programs within 150% of standard time. Approximately 49% of full-time, first-time students graduated within four years, while 53% required six years to meet graduation requirements.

Keiser University – Ft. Lauderdale is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC) to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Additionally, many individual programs are accredited by other bodies, such as the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), and American Culinary Federation (ACF).

Student Population Total

Student Population 19,020

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 737 Total Graduates / 40%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 474 Graduates
Health Services Administration 74 Graduates
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 70 Graduates
Dietetics/Dietitian 61 Graduates
All Business Majors 327 Total Graduates / 18%
Business Administration and Management, General 260 Graduates
Accounting 46 Graduates
Management Information Systems, General 9 Graduates
Accounting and Finance 9 Graduates
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 214 Total Graduates / 12%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 214 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 157 Total Graduates / 9%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 77 Graduates
Forensic Science and Technology 29 Graduates
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism 22 Graduates
Homeland Security 15 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 147 Total Graduates / 8%
Psychology, General 147 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 13%

Outcome & Salary

Keiser University – Ft. Lauderdale has a well-developed student services department that offers a number of helpful options for students and graduates; however, it does not provide overall job placement data. Assistance is provided via career advisement, resume writing and job interview preparation, professional development workshops, and a study skills center. PayScale reports the average base hourly rate for graduates is $20.29. Average early career salaries are $43,900, while average mid-career salaries are $55,200.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $43,900
College Grads Average Salary $57,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $55,200
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $570,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,122,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $127,936
10 Year Projected ROI $442,064
20 Year Projected ROI $994,064
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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