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san-marcos-academics_clip_image002Welcome to Admissions! 

Bienvenido to the Admissions Office of Keiser University Latin American Campus!  We provide you with the information and tools that will enable you to make the right choice in choosing a university and achieving your goals.

Keiser University offers a quality, American-accredited degree, at an affordable cost and in an international, Latin American environment.  Keiser University is proud to continue the Catholic identity that was established since 2000.  We offer small classes and a highly qualified faculty that will exceed your expectations.

Your choice of university and program will be vital to your future success. Our graduates are known to be professionals in demand in the regional and international job markets. The Admissions Staff welcomes your queries and aims to aid you as you discern your college selection.  We encourage you to apply!

Best regards,
Director of Admissions

Admission Requirements

The following section applies only to applicants/students at the San Marcos, Nicaragua Latin American Campus:

  • A completed Keiser University Application for Admission
  • An official high school transcript with un-weighted GPA above 2.8 or college GPA above 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Transfer students:  For students with less than 24 credit hours, high school records are requested
  • An SAT (code 3840) score equal to or above 1580 or an ACT (4813 code) score equal to or above  22
  • Students whose native language is not English may be admitted with a minimum score of 500 on the paper based TOEFL exam (which is the equivalent of 173 on the computer based TOEFL or 61 on the internet based TOEFL).
  • One well-constructed essay on either of the following topics:
    • Describe why you would like to attend Keiser University and what you hope to gain from your time here (500 words)
    • Describe a character who has had an influence on you and explain that influence.
      • This person must be a character in literature or an historical figure.
      • Essays should be typewritten and demonstrate consideration for content as well as grammar style.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals not related to the applicant that provides thoughtful reflection on the applicant´s ability to succeed at Keiser University.  Two letters should include an academic reference from an academic source (teacher, guidance counselor, or tutor), as well as a character reference from a pastor or employer.


  • In addition to Freshman requirements, transfer applicants must have a minimum college grade point average GPA of 2.0 (70 on a scale of 0-100) and official college transcripts from each college previously attended, whether or not credit was earned, must be mailed directly to the Admissions Office.  Transfer applicants who have passed 30 or more semester units of college coursework (non-remedial) in a regionally accredited U.S. college with a GPA of 2.0 or higher are exempt from the high school transcript and admissions exam requirements for Freshman.
  • Two letters of recommendation.  In some instances, a personal interview with a University representative may be required.


Applicants who do not meet the established admissions criteria may be considered for conditional or probationary admission by the (faculty) Admissions Committee, Chaired by the Academic Dean.  Students admitted conditionally or on probation may be required to take remedial courses that do not count toward degree completion and/or attend counseling and tutoring in the Center for Academic Excellence and may also only be allowed to enroll in a limited number of regular degree-related courses. Grades for students admitted conditionally are reviewed at the end of the semester. Students who make acceptable progress and fulfill the conditions of their admission are allowed to continue their studies as regular students.


Applicants who appear to meet the minimum admission criteria for regular admission, but whose admission applications are still incomplete three weeks prior to registration, may be issued a “Clearance-to-Register.”  These applicants are then permitted to register for classes, with the understanding that their status as regular students admitted to the  institution is not resolved until they submit the remaining materials necessary to complete their application. Failure to comply with the submission of all required documentation can result in suspension from classes unless rectified in a timely manner (one semester maximum).

Tuition and Fees

2019-2020 Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

Initial fees
Application fee ( Non-refundable ) $50.00
Full Time Rate – Resident Student ( 12 – 18 Semester credit hours )
Tuition ( per semester ) $7,856.00
Meal Plan A ( per semester ) $1,861.00
Meal Plan B ( per semester ) $2,107.00
Meal Plan C ( per semester ) $1,563.00
Meal Plan D ( per semester ) $1,313.00
Education Fee ( Technology, Activity and other Fees ) ( per semester ) $ 245.00
Part-Time and Over Full-Time Rate
Tuition for Students attending Three Quarter Time – 9 to 11.99 credits $5,892.00
Tuition for Students attending Half Time – 6 to 8.99 credits $3,928.00
Tuition for Students attending Half Time – 0 to 5.99 credits $1,964.00
Tuition for Students attending Over Full Time – 18.1 to 24 credits $9,820.00

Special Fees

ID card $ 5.00
ID Replacement Fee $ 7.00
Drop/Add Fee $20.00
Dormitory Reservation Fee $25.00
Official Transcripts $25.00
Business Office Clearance ( Each Additional Copy ) $2.00
Duplicate Dormitory Key $16.00
Charge For Returned Check $30.00
Vehicle Registration ( Including Decal ), Per  Semester $20.00
Diploma Fee $850.00
Delayed Payment Charge ( Automatically Posted to Student’s Account ) $10.00
Officials Records Office Letters $2.00
Stamps for CNU Accreditation $30.00

Note: All fees are subject to change.

Admissions Staff

Yadira González
Interim Director of Admissions

Yadira González is the Interim Director of Admissions and she has worked continuously with the Latin American Campus sin its founding in 1993.  In addition to Director of Admissions, Ms. Gonzalez has also held the positions of Director of Career Services and Study Abroad.  A native of the city of Diriamba in the Department of Carazo, Yadira worked for IBM in Nicaragua prior to 1981, before moving to Miami, Florida where she worked for the United Bible Society.  She is fluent in English and Spanish.

César Salcedo
Admissions Strategy Director

César is the Admissions Strategy Director and Admissions Counselor for students from the United States and Nicaragua.  A Nicaraguan native, Cesar was raised in California. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mobile Latin American Campus with majors in Marketing and Global Business, and received the Area Award for Marketing in the 1998.  He has been an Admissions Counselor at the Latin American Campus for both Ave Maria University and University of Mobile.  He also has experience in merchandising, retail management, and agribusiness.

Anielka Baltodano
Admissions Counselor

Anielka is an Admission Counselor for Nicaragua and internationally.  She graduated from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (U.N.A.N), with her Bachelors degree and a major in Psychology in 2008.  Prior to joining the Ave Maria University Latin American Campus Admissions team in 2012, Anielka worked in the Admissions Office of Universidad Iberoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (U.N.I.C.I.T.)

Rodrigo Paz
Admissions Counselor, El Salvador

Rodrigo is the Keiser University Latin American Campus Admissions Counselor for El Salvador, based in the capital, San Salvador.  He graduated from Ave Maria University’s Latin American Campus in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and minor in Management.  He was an active participant in pastoral life and sports.  He is the point person for students and parents in all of El Salvador.

Arlen Vega
Admissions Counselor

Arlen graduated from Universidad Internacional de la Integración de América Latina (U.N.I.V.A.L.) with her Bachelors degree in International Tourism in 2004.  She has experience in customer service in Managua, in human resources in export processing zones an in administration of tourism project.  She has volunteered with youth entrepreneurs and as an electoral observer.  Arlen counsels and assists students and parents from Nicaragua and internationally.

Mrs. Percy and Mr. Williams believed in me. They were more than instructors, they tried to get to know you as a person and tried to understand your goals so they could push you towards them. And Mrs. Crawford from student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. She was dedicated to my overall success.

Jessica Kircher

Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.

Belinda Haney

The two instructors that have impacted my life are Mr. Williams and Mrs. Percy. Both of them believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. I appreciate their motivation to get me to where I am today.

Justin Pugh

Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.

Ryan Bushey

If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.

Anthony Sassano

The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.

Ty Fitzgerald

The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.

Jackson Tejada

Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…

Dale Caverly

Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!

Meisha Ebanks, R.N.

I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.

Nidia Barrios

I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.

Carlos Ramirez Flores

Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose.  The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.

Connie Sue Centrella

It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University.  Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors.  The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.

Annelise Merriner, PA-C

Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made.  The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly.  The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.

Dedrick Saxon

I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you.  I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.

Natalie Dou

After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education.  Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.

Laurie Williams

Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.

Nadege Dor

My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.

Marla Hadley

The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.

Vivian R. Howard, BA in Business Administration Graduate

I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.

Gustavo Gonzalez, Nuclear Medicine Technology Graduate