City University of Seattle

521 Wall Street, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98121

School Details

City University of Seattle is a private not-for-profit, four-year institution of higher education, located in the city of Seattle, Washington.

CityU was established in 1973 by Dr. Michael Pastore as City College. Today, CityU has graduated more than 50,000 students and has more than 30 locations throughout Washington State, Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Greece, Mexico, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Vietnam.

Demographics at City University of Seattle are as follows:

  • Nearly 2,300 students enrolled
  • Student to faculty ratio of 7:1
  • About 52 percent of undergraduate students and 68 percent of graduate students study full-time
  • Approximately 55 percent of students are female
  • More than 40 percent of students are White
  • About 80 percent of students are over the age of 25 years old
  • Approximately 75 percent of students are from Washington

City University of Seattle offers certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees in more than 60 programs of study. Schools at CityU consist of: Albright School of Education; the Division of Arts and Sciences; the Division of Doctoral Studies; the International College; the School of Management; the Technology Institute; and the Washington Academy of Languages. Continuing education courses are also provided for community members and offer programs such as TESOL certificates, ELL Endorsement, and teacher certification. Many degree and certificate programs are offered completely online so that students can learn from anywhere. Distance education courses are offered in three formats: Online, Mixed Mode, and In-Class. Study abroad opportunities are available in summer and short-term study in Central Europe and Greece.

Student activities vary at each campus location. Student services include: computer labs, library with 24/7 online access, Career and Counseling Center, free parking, and personal advisement from an Academic Advisor.

City University of Seattle has an open admissions policy. Undergraduate students applying for admission must be at least 18 years old, meet specific program requirements (depends on program), and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Admissions to graduate-level programs require that the applicant hold a baccalaureate degree and meet any specific admissions requirements for the chosen program of study. Applications are accepted throughout the year. To apply, students must submit all official transcripts with a completed application and payment for the $50 non-refundable application fee.

After applying for admission to City University of Seattle, students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. To be considered for aid, students have to be formally admitted into CityU, be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen, have a valid Social Security Number, and not owe anything to CityU. Types of financial aid include the TEACH Grant, various scholarships, private loans, and student employment.

City University of Seattle is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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