Who is CityU?

City University of Seattle is a private nonprofit university accredited through the doctoral level. It is dedicated to serving the working adult and transfer student and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the Top 50 in the country for its online bachelor’s degree programs and is among the top producers of MBAs and teachers in the state of Washington.

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, CityU’s Completion Rate is more than twice the national average.

CityU offers flexible online, onsite and performance-based programs throughout North America, Asia and Europe and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. CityU’s curriculum is informed and taught by professionals who are leaders in their industries and can prepare students for their big meetings tomorrow or their next big career moves.

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 – teach what can be applied today and tomorrow
  • Global – act local but think global

Who is the CityU Student?

Student Population
Total Headcount 6,939
Full Time 20%
3/4 Time 12%
1/2 Time or Less 68%
Undergraduate 37%
Graduate 39%
Doctorate 4%
Non-degree Seeking 20%
U.S. International Students 533 (8% of student population)
Veterans & Military Students 406 (6% of student population)
United States 65%
Canada 11%
Europe 7%
Mexico 8%
Asia 9%

47 States represented

United States 37
Canada 37
Asia 26
Europe 25
Mexico 22
In Person 38%
Online 29%
Hybrid 19%
Performance Based 2%
Other* 12%

*Internships and practica

% of Undergrads Borrowing 35.8% in 2017
Average Undergrad Loan Amount $6,707 in 2017
3-Year Cohort Default Rates (2016)
CityU 4.7%
National Average 10.1%
Undergraduate year-to-year retention 58%
Graduate year-to-year retention 61%
Bachelor’s degree graduation rate 52%
Master’s degree graduation rate 68%
Student Program Graduation Rate 2017 Retention Rate 2018 Retention Rate 2019 Retention Rate
B.A. in Management 33.18 62.82 57.32 63.19
B.S in Business Administration 33.98 55 62.73 54.74
M.S in Project Management 41.18 69.64 57.35 58.18
Master of Business Administration 45.49 65.41 59.5 60.54

Download a handout of CityU Fast Facts.