Our Past Strengthens Our Future

For the past century, Rasmussen University has prepared students to succeed. Although the world has changed dramatically, our goal has remained the same: to give our students a better education. With experience, innovation and dedication, we as an institution have not just evolved to meet demands but have led the way in supporting our students’ success.


120 Years of Preparing Students for Success

Learn how Rasmussen University has evolved over the decades, what’s fueled student development and how we continue to meet the needs of a changing workforce.

History of Rasmussen

Rasmussen University: Milestones of Innovation

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1900

It’s a new century, and Walter Rasmussen has noticed a market need for the growing business class. He opens the Rasmussen Practical School of Business in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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1920

The women's suffrage movement leads to big changes. Women are becoming a growing force in the workplace—and sitting alongside men in classes.

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1945

Walter Nemitz takes the helm as President of Rasmussen College in 1945. By the College's fiftieth anniversary, Rasmussen College has educated over 22,000 students.

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1961–1980

These are busy years, with two new campuses opening to meet the ever-growing demand for secretaries, accountants and machine operators.

Rasmussen College Orlando campus building

2001

The new millennium finds Rasmussen College accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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2002

As the unstoppable digital age continues, we take a leadership role in a whole new form of education—one that offers unprecedented access—online learning.

Rasmussen building circa 2006

2006

It’s another year of expansion as Rasmussen College broadens its offerings to include Bachelor's degrees and launches its School of Nursing in Ocala, Florida.

Rasmussen building circa 2009

2009

Dedicated to continuous improvement, Rasmussen College welcomed back the Higher Learning Commission for a comprehensive review for re-accreditation, resulting in an exceptionally successful visit with extensive expansion approval.

students walking

2016

This year marks the launch of our Empowered Learning programs, also known as competency-based education (CBE). Rasmussen College is a national leader in CBE, helping to advance this cutting-edge learning approach where you learn by doing, manage your pace and stay connected with faculty and peers.

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2016

For the first time in its history, Rasmussen College introduces enrollment for graduate degrees. Experienced professionals know the value of constantly learning, and Rasmussen College has stepped up to the challenge in order to support them.

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2020

Rasmussen College offers new Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration degree programs.

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2020

Rasmussen College becomes Rasmussen University, and The Higher Learning Commission reaffirms Rasmussen University’s accreditation status for another ten years.

smiling female nurse doctor wearing lab coat in medical office

2021

Rasmussen University offers its first doctoral program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, building on the commitment to lift up the nursing profession by equipping excellent nurse leaders and educators.

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