City University of Seattle


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.

Information Summary

Ranks 24th in Washington and 2142nd overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 61.3
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $31,238
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 13 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 75% / 22%
Enrollment Total (all students) 2,113


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.

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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.

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