Keiser University Latin American Campus

About Keiser University Latin American Campus

Keiser University Latin American Campus is perhaps the only U.S. regionally accredited* institution of higher education granting degrees in Nicaragua and most of the region.


In 2013, Keiser University established another off-campus instructional site at the former location of the Latin American Campus of Ave Maria University in San Marcos, Nicaragua. The Latin American Campus was founded by the University of Mobile (Alabama), a Baptist University in 1993. In 2000, operations of the Latin American Campus were transferred from the University of Mobile to Ave Maria College (Michigan), a Catholic college and the predecessor of Ave Maria University of Florida. In 2004, the Latin American Campus began the process which led to its becoming part of Ave Maria University in Florida.



The San Marcos site is located on the beautifully renovated site of a former teachers´ school, La Antigua Escuela Normal de Señoritas de San Marcos, Department of Carazo, Nicaragua and encompasses over 740,000 square feet including green areas and athletic field. It has 43 classrooms, a library and auditorium, campus dining facilities, modern computer and science laboratories, spacious dormitories, faculty offices, fitness center, administrative buildings, student services building, conference center, and a 300-person chapel, La Purísima. The equipment used at Keiser University is comparable to industry standards and effectively meets program objectives. This residential campus operates on the American academic calendar and offers most instruction in English via face-to-face and online delivery. The campus also operates important Language Institutes in San Marcos and Managua. Since the transition of the Latin American Campus to Keiser University in July 2013, the institution has worked to improve the campus’ infrastructure and information technology. The campus has also added programs in Interdisciplinary Studies and Management Information Systems, as well as several undergraduate, masters, and doctoral online programs to its academic offer.

*Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Keiser University. Please note: Normal inquiries about Keiser University, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Keiser University and not to the Commission’s office. The Commission should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.