CityU named 16th Best Four-Year College for Adult Learners by Washington Monthly

CityU named 16th Best Four-Year College for Adult Learners by Washington Monthly

August 28, 2019 – Seattle, WA – City University of Seattle has been highly ranked again as a top choice among adult students looking for quality education with flexible learning opportunities. In fact, the university has been recognized as being among the top 20 Four-year colleges for adult learners, ranked No. 16 in the category for the 2019 Washington Monthly College Rankings.

“The Washington Monthly ranking is one that we are especially proud of because it demonstrates our commitment to providing accredited and flexible education to students who cannot put their lives on hold to continue their education,” CityU President Randy C. Frisch said. “We are a university founded on serving working professions with a desire to learn.”

Washington Monthly, a District of Columbia publication, reported nearly a third of all undergraduates are twenty-five or older, yet no publication ranks colleges based on how well they serve adult students – except the Washington Monthly.

According to statistics provided by Washington Monthly, CityU earned 4 points (5 pts. max) for ease of transferring, 8 points (9 pts. max) for flexibility of programs, and 5 points (6 pts. max) for services for adult students.

This study defined four-year colleges as awarding more bachelor’s degrees than certificates or associate’s degrees. The final sample consisted of 1,136 four-year colleges and the top fifty rankings were shared.  Full methodology details can be found here.

“Having a survey focused exclusively on adult students allows CityU to be on the map for what we do best, serving the “new traditional” student,” Frisch said. “Our students love us for our practitioner-scholar faculty, who work full-time and teach. Students learn the most current information possible.”

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About City University of Seattle

City University of Seattle is a private, nonprofit university that has a rich heritage as one of the first Pacific Northwest universities to participate in distance and online education. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities through the doctoral level and offers more than 60 online, on-site and performance-based academic and certificate programs. CityU has ranked in the national top 50 “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” by U.S. News & World Report from 2013-2019. Annually, CityU serves more than 6,000 students worldwide and has an established tradition and commitment to personalized education. The priority is to treat each student as an individual with the care and service that is the hallmark of CityU. In-country, students can take classes in Seattle, Everett, Renton, Tacoma, at JBLM, or in Vancouver, Washington. Globally, CityU has partnerships with institutions in eight countries. For more information, visit

Published August 28, 2019



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