Keizer University was named the No. 1 university in the nation for social mobility of its students according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best College Rankings, the nation’s premier college rankings.
“We are honored to be recognized so prominently among the nation’s top schools as the nation’s best university for social mobility for students,” said Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., Chancellor of the University. Keizer. “Keizer University is dedicated to creating an inclusive future for all by providing access and opportunity to a diverse population of students and helping them create positive outcomes in their lives.”
Keizer University has continued its rise as one of the nation’s top schools for social mobility, earning a No. 1 spot in the rankings in each of the four years since U.S. News first published the list. time. Last year, Keizer University was ranked No. 5 in the nation and No. 1 in Florida in the category. In 2021, Keizer ranked #11 in the category and took #34 in 2020.
US News’ Social Mobility Rankings measure colleges and universities by their ability to educate economically disadvantaged students. The ranking considers the six-year graduation rate of Pell Grant students against its six-year graduation rate among non-Pell grantees.
The question of how well universities prepare low-income students for success has captured the spotlight in recent months, with some universities being criticized for failing to create positive outcomes for disadvantaged students. Keizer University has bridged the gap for low-income learners of all ages by offering unique and targeted student support services and degree programs in many emerging and critical industries.
“As a university that prioritizes student success and career success, we are extremely proud to continue to develop student-centered resources that empower our students and help them achieve the American Dream,” said said Keiser. “This is core to our mission, and Keizer University will continue its efforts to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities across Florida and the country.”
In addition to its first place in the social mobility ranking, Keizer University climbed 80 places to rank 219th in the national university category. This is only the third year that the University has been listed in the National Universities category, which includes schools that are primarily research-oriented and offer a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Keizer left the regional university grouping in 2020 following its Carnegie classification as a doctoral university.
The 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best College Rankings assess more than 1,400 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 metrics and emphasize a college’s ability to retain and graduate its students. Other factors include class size, undergraduate academic reputation, and how much a school spends per student on tuition and other education-related expenses.
Keizer University’s rise in the US News rankings is the latest honor in a string of positive and impactful news. In August, Keizer University was named the No. 29 Best Hispanic-Serving Institution in the Nation and climbed three spots to earn No. 14 Best University in Florida by Niche. In July, Keizer University and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses announced the formation of a nursing advisory council to help address Florida’s nursing shortage. The University also recently announced new nursing degree programs for Women’s Health and Fintech, as well as the development of an Aquatic Center on its flagship campus.
Keiser University serves approximately 20,000 students at 21 campuses across Florida, internationally and online. For nearly half a century, Keiser University has continued to meet Florida’s talent needs. Most of Keizer’s college degrees are in industries identified as emerging or needed and address job growth in Florida’s targeted industries.
Keizer University is a private, independent, nonprofit university serving nearly 20,000 students at 21 Florida campuses, online, and at two international locations. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, Keiser University currently offers more than 100 degrees ranging from associates to doctoral degrees. Keiser University is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and was ranked #1 in the United States in social mobility by US News & World Reports in 2023.
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