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Established in 1973, City University of Seattle (CityU) is one of the Northwest’s largest private, not-for-profit universities serving students with over 30 academic online programs. In addition, the university provides instruction in a total of 27 locations worldwide, including within the states of Washington, and Hawaii, as well as in the Canadian Provinces of British Columbia, and Alberta, and in the countries of Bulgaria, Switzerland, Greece, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Mexico, Australia, and China.

Students here have the option of attending traditional classes on campus, obtaining their degree completely online, or enrolling in the Mixed-Mode program where they can attend classes but complete assignments online. Day, evening, and weekend classes are available, making this a flexible university in terms of working around students’ schedules. Another option is the Performance-Based Education program where students earn credit by working with faculty on projects involving skills and knowledge they already have and bring to the school.


The University is broken out into five divisions:

  • School of Management
  • Albright School of Education
  • Division of Arts & Sciences
  • Division of Doctoral Studies
  • Technology Institute

Within these divisions, students have the opportunity to earn associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees; a Doctor in Education in Leadership; certificates; and endorsements. Students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program must take 55 credits in General Education, which are undergraduate core courses in math, writing, humanities, and science, plus electives. Those enrolled in a certificate course can decide later if they want to complete a bachelor’s degree and those courses earned for the certificate will be applied towards the four-year degree.

The school offers Continuing Education in World Languages plus Exam Preparation courses for the CMA Exam and the PHR/SPHR Exam.

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The school year here starts July 1 and ends on June 30. Start dates can differ for each program, so be sure to send in the application as soon as possible in order to start attending classes at the next available start date.

There is an open-admissions policy where anyone who is at least 18 years old, has a high school diploma or equivalent, meets their particular program requirements, and can demonstrate a college-level proficiency in English is welcome to apply. All students are highly encouraged to contact the school directly to learn more about the admissions process and receive forms that need to be completed.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for qualifying students is available. Students may be eligible for scholarships, federal grants and loans, as well as Veterans Benefits. To assist students with the financial aid process, students can find a financial aid checklist at the school’s website.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4635th for the average student loan amount.
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A diverse student population obtaining degrees and certificates through a variety of programs are enrolled here. The university’s online programs are flexible, and accessible via a virtual classroom called Blackboard. Students can retrieve assignments, discuss topics, check grades, and work on team projects via the Internet.

Other programs designed for students include:

*Academic Advising

  • Job Postings
  • Online Bookstore
  • Career and Counseling Center
  • 24/7 Library
  • Student Computer Labs

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Additional School Information

The Internship Program is for students who wish to obtain college credit while gaining practical hands-on experience in their chosen career path. This provides not only skills but valuable contacts in the industry along with something valuable to place on a resume.

Undergrads are required to work 150 hours total, which is about 15 hours a week. They will receive five quarter hour credits upon completion of the internship. Graduate students need to work 90 hours total for about 9 hours a week and will receive three quarter hour credits. All internships are in the Pacific Northwest and are unpaid.


The school has received continuous accreditation since 1978 from the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities.

Information Summary

Ranks 65th in Washington and 3906th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 58 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 23 0.02
Robbery 58 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 607 0.49
Larceny 2,775 2.23
Vehicle theft 157 0.13

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Seattle, WA 98121
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population8,558 (8,558 urban / N/A rural)
Households5,908 (1.31 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,271
Families923 (2.21 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions focus, high graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentMajority graduate/professional
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5307

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2568th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $14,880 $14,880 $14,880
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $372 $372 $372
FT Graduate Tuition $15,192 $15,192 $15,192
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $633 $633 $633
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,216 $16,216 $16,216
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $32,548 $32,548 $32,548
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $20,764 $20,764 $20,764

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $15,280 $15,600 $15,280 $15,600 $15,280 $15,600
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,296 $1,336
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $12,000 $12,320
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,904 $4,012
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,904 $4,548

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1309th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $70,557 ($72,133 male / $50,329 female)
Number of FT Faculty 27 (10 male / 17 female)
Number of PT Faculty 636
FT Faculty Ratio 0.0 : 1
Total Benefits $1,071,732

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