For 50 Years and Counting

City University of Seattle is excited to announce that we are entering our 50th anniversary this year. From 1973 to 2023, CityU has been committed to helping students achieve their goals. For the past 50 years and for the next 50, we’re here to get you there.

A Timeline of CityU: 1973-2023

1973

Our Tagline: Education for Life in the Real World

 

1975

Classes offered on Seattle-to-Bremerton ferry

 

1975

John Harrell enrolls as Douglas Arnold assists

1976

First commencement ceremony: 9 graduates

 

1977

Second commencement ceremony: 92 graduates

1978

First accreditation by Northwest Commission on Colleges

1979

Enrollment tops 1,800 students

 

1979

First weekend courses and daycare for $6/day

 

1980

First international classes Vancouver, BC

 

1981

   

Why City College?

 

1982

Renamed City University

 

1982

Distance Learning Program created

 

1983

International Studentsvisit CityU

 

1983

CityU offers degree in Computer Science

 

1986

International classes offered in: Switzerland, Japan, Slovakia, Germany

1989

Establishes courses in Education

 

1990

More international classes offered in: Egypt, China, Greece

 

1995

UW And CityU Open learning sites on web

 

1997

New Tagline: Change Your Life For Good

 

2000

CityU enters the New Millennium

 

2001

Honoring one of our founders: Vi Tasler Day

 

2007

Celebrating Commencement Around the World

 

2009

Celebrating achievements of CityU students

 

2011

Innovation Gala HonoringDr. Christopher J Elias, President/CEO of PATH & Dr. Doreen Cato, Executive Director of First Place School

 

2013

Celebrating 40 Years of City University of Seattle

 

2013

Moved to our new headquarters in Downtown Seattle

 

2016

Randy Frisch

Randy C. FrischNamed CityU President

 

2017

Ongoing partnership with Amazon begins

 

2018

Named a Top 10 University for Adult Learners by Washington Monthly

 

2020

Pandemic Pivot: Increased access to online programs and resources

 

2022

Milestone reached: 60,000+ Alumni Worldwide

 

2023

50 years of CityU