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Discover CityU

Discover CityU

About City University of Seattle

City University of Seattle is a private nonprofit university accredited through the doctoral level. CityU is dedicated to serving the working adult and transfer student and is ranked by the U.S. News & World Report among the top for online bachelor’s degree programs, and among the top online programs for veterans in the U.S.

Accreditation, Policies and Administration

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CityU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, a regional accrediting body approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about CityU’s academic model, accreditation, policies, administration, governance, associations and alliances.

Student Services

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CityU has a world class Learning Resource Center, an onsite Counseling Center and a Career Center. Learn more about these services, along with internship opportunities, academic schedules and commencement information.

Residence Hall

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Cornish Commons is a state-of-the-art residence hall in South Lake Union. The building is just seven blocks from campus and features special amenities for our students.


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CityU has over 20 locations in the Northwest and worldwide. Many of our degree, certificate and endorsement programs are also offered completely online so you can learn from anywhere, whatever works best for you. Aside from its flagship campus and headquarters in Seattle, CityU offers programs in Canada, China, Czech Republic, Mexico, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Vietnam.


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For over 40 years CityU has partnered with premier companies, institutions of higher education and international education providers. Learn more about our partnerships, training options and how to become a partner.

CityU’s Mission and Values

We strive to change lives for good by offering high quality and relevant lifelong education to anyone with the desire to learn. At CityU we value:

  • Flexibility – design and deliver programs and services to be convenient to students
  • Accessibility – provide educational opportunities to anyone, anywhere
  • Innovation – continually create new educational opportunities
  • Relevance – what we teach today can be applied tomorrow
  • Global – act local but think global


CityU’s vision is education access worldwide via a network of partners and programs onsite and/or online.

Core Themes and Strategic Plan

The Board of Trustees approves an institutional 5-year strategic plan to guide City University of Seattle. The Strategic plan is a “living document” that will guide the University for the next five years. It is updated annually, serving as a road map to help the University fulfill its mission and achieve its vision. The University’s strategic plan guides operational activities, including the determination of annual goals and objectives for its performance.

City University of Seattle Core Themes:

  • Theme One: Deliver High Quality, Relevant Education
  • Theme Two: Ensure Student Access
  • Theme Three: Strengthen Global Connections
  • Theme Four: Foster Life-long Learning

View CityU’s strategic plan, CityU 2020, which builds upon the university’s mission and provides direction for future progress.