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City University of Seattle will recognize 1,251 graduates worldwide, including 570 students attending the university’s 43rd annual commencement ceremony June 16 at 1 p.m. in Key Arena.

About the graduates

CityU will confer an estimated one associate degree, 212 bachelor’s degrees, 352 master’s degrees and five doctoral degrees. The university will recognize 14 students with President’s Honors (for eligible master’s degree candidates with GPAs of 3.90 or higher) and 30 with Latin Honors (for eligible bachelor’s degree candidates who attain the following requisite GPAs: a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher – summa cum laude, a cumulative GPA of 3.80 or higher – magna cum laude, a cumulative GPA of 3.70 or higher – cum laude).

Commencement student speakers

Kim Nguyen, who is earning a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, and Charles Smith, who is earning a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology, will be student speakers at this year’s ceremony.

Additional information

The CityU commencement ceremony will be streamed live. The commencement webpage features ceremony details for graduates and guests. You can also follow the events on social media with #CityUGrad.

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CityU Enactus 2018 National CompetitionA team of City University of Seattle students placed fourth out of 444 schools nationally in the Enactus United States National Exposition on May 22 in Kansas City, Missouri, making them the first team from the Seattle area to ever rank in the national final four.

At the competition, the team of CityU students showcased the social entrepreneurial work they’ve done this academic year on their signature projects:

  • Fertilives: The students partnered with Rainier School, which provides training to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to help the school develop organic compost from recycled food waste so that the school can produce and sell it and use the proceeds to help run the organization. Additional community partners include Operation: Sack Lunch and Orchard Supply Hardware.
  • One Text Away: The students helped provide local homeless individuals a phone number to text to receive information about jobs, shelter, food and clothing from social services via SMS. Community partners include: Chief Seattle Club, FareStart, Mary’s Place, Millionair Club Charity, Tom Douglas Restaurants and ZipWhip.
  • The Green Energy Center: The students designed a smokeless stove that provides a way to cook food while generating electricity through thermal energy to support under-resourced communities in places like Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Gabon, Africa. Partners include: Duwamish Industrial Innovation Center, Enactus University of Puerto Rico Humacao, Global Alliance of Clean Cookstoves Guatemala and Jiko Power.

The students had advanced from the Western Regional competition in San Bruno, California, in April. The national competition was made up of 86 schools, and the team advanced through semifinals into the final four where they competed and placed fourth.

The 10 students on the CityU Enactus competition presentation team represented eight different countries: Australia, China, India, Mongolia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.

“Seeing all the hard work we’ve done recognized was an unbelievable feeling,” said City University of Seattle Enactus President Sophia Haccou.

About City University of Seattle Enactus

CityU Enactus is a student organization that brings together college students, academic professionals and industry leaders to focus on a shared mission of creating a more sustainable world through entrepreneurship. Learn more at www.cityu.edu/discover-cityu/student-services/enactus/

About City University of Seattle

City University of Seattle is a private, nonprofit university dedicated to serving working adults and transfer students. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities through the doctoral level and offers more than 60 online, onsite and performance-based programs. CityU’s primary campus is located in downtown Seattle, Washington, and the university has multiple sites throughout Western Washington, Canada and abroad. Learn more at www.cityu.edu.

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Best Online Bachleor's Programs 2018 U.S. News logoJanuary 9, 2018 – SEATTLE – U.S. News & World Report announced its annual rankings of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and City University of Seattle was ranked among the best in the nation for the sixth consecutive year, placing at 31. In addition, CityU was the only private university in Washington State ranked in the top 50 this year.

The list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs is developed to help prospective students see which schools may be right for them. According to U.S. News & World Report’s ranking methodology, the majority of students in this ranking are working professionals in their 20s to 40s looking to advance in or change their careers. This directly aligns with CityU’s primary focus of serving working adults and transfer students.

“The flexibility of our online programs makes it possible for working adults to return to school for another degree without having to sacrifice their full-time jobs,” said Randy C. Frisch, president of City University of Seattle. “Our students finish their programs in large part because of our faculty who are scholar-practitioners. Our faculty teach. They aren’t mentors or coaches, they practice their discipline during the day and teach at night or on weekends. This ranking recognizes City University’s flexible scheduling and our outstanding faculty.”

City University of Seattle has a history of developing innovative education practices to meet the needs of its students, and is committed to helping them complete their programs. The university offers online bachelor’s degrees in subjects including management, cybersecurity, applied psychology, and project management. CityU’s consistent top 50 ranking among the best online bachelor’s programs affirms the university’s efforts of providing the best student experience possible.

In addition to the online bachelor’s programs, CityU was ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs for the fourth consecutive year. The MBA is one of the most popular degree programs the university offers, and this ranking underscores that success.

The university was also ranked among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs, and Best Online Graduate Information Technology Programs.

You can view the complete list of Best Online Programs and the methodologies on the U.S. News & World Report website.

About City University of Seattle:

City University of Seattle is a private, nonprofit university dedicated to serving working adults and transfer students. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities through the doctoral level and offers more than 60 online, onsite and performance-based programs. CityU’s primary campus is located in downtown Seattle, Washington, and the university has multiple sites throughout Western Washington, Canada and abroad.

City University of Seattle named a 2018 Military Friendly School

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Military Friendly logoSEATTLE, Dec. 6, 2017 – In recognition of City University of Seattle’s recruitment and support of military students, the university was named a 2018 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media.

CityU is committed to serving military members and their families. The university offers reduced military tuition, credit for prior learning experience, and partners with organizations dedicated to aiding service members.

“CityU is proud to serve those who have served, are still serving and their families,” said Lana Lee, CityU’s senior director of military and community college relations. “We love working with service members and veterans as they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our campuses and classrooms.”

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Data calculations and tabulations were independently evaluated for completeness and accuracy by Ernst & Young.

This year, more than 1,300 schools nationwide participated with 849 earning the designation. Final ratings were determined by combining schools’ survey scores with the assessment of institutions’ ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically for student veterans.

About City University of Seattle

City University of Seattle is a private, nonprofit university dedicated to serving working adults and transfer students. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities through the doctoral level and offers more than 60 online, onsite and performance-based programs. CityU’s primary campus is located in downtown Seattle, Washington, and the university has multiple sites throughout Western Washington, Canada and abroad.

About Victory Media

Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. Victory Media and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense or any federal government entity.

City University of Seattle has proudly partnered with universities in Mexico since 2005 to provide unique educational opportunities for students. One such opportunity is the Summer in Seattle integrated study abroad program, and July 14, CityU is welcoming 76 participants through the program.

Summer in Seattle is open to students enrolled in CityU’s management, business administration, applied psychology, English Language Program and doctoral programs through the following institutions:

  • Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS) Universidad with campuses in Mexicali, Tijuana, and Ensenada
  • Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) in Monterrey
  • Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP), in San Luis Potosí
  • Universidad Popular Autónoma de Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) in Puebla
  • Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas (UAT) in Tamaulipas

The program lasts for three and a half weeks and gives students the opportunity to take three face-to-face courses for their degree programs, as well as tour premier companies in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, students have the option to travel to Seattle this summer and to the university’s partner institution in Prague next summer, offering them a truly global education. This summer, more than 45 students from Mexico are in Prague.

During the program, students stay in the university’s residence hall in South Lake Union, and have the chance to participate in fun social events including attending a Seattle Sounders match and a Seattle Mariners game.

One of the participants of the program in summer 2016 had this to say:

“The city is impressive and I am really amazed by Seattle. It is a big city with lots of things to do and see. At first, three weeks seemed like too much, but as time went by, time became so short. To me, learning about the culture is one of the most important things I can do when visiting other places. The people of Seattle are educated and treated us well.” – Andrea González, UANL

To learn more about CityU’s partnerships in Mexico and abroad, please visit the CityU website.

About City University of Seattle:

City University of Seattle is a private, nonprofit university dedicated to serving working adults and transfer students. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities through the doctoral level and offers more than 60 online, onsite and performance-based programs. CityU’s primary campus is located in downtown Seattle, Washington, and the university has multiple sites throughout Western Washington, Canada and abroad.

City University of Seattle will recognize 1,144 graduates worldwide, including 560 students attending the university’s 42nd annual commencement ceremony June 17 at 1 p.m. at Key Arena.

About the graduates

Graduate hugs a faculty member
CityU will confer an estimated five associate degrees, 302 bachelor’s degrees, 249 master’s degrees and 4 doctoral degrees. The university will recognize 31 students with President’s Honors (for eligible master’s degree candidates with GPAs of 3.90 or higher) and 116 with Latin Honors (for eligible bachelor’s degree candidates who attain the following requisite GPAs: a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher – summa cum laude, a cumulative GPA of 3.80 or higher – magna cum laude, a cumulative GPA of 3.70 or higher – cum laude).

Guest speaker

Kelly Maloney, president and CEO of the Aerospace Futures Alliance – the largest aerospace industry association in Washington State – will deliver the keynote address at the commencement ceremony.

Maloney has more than 30 years of experience in marketing communications, branding, government affairs, media relations and advertising. She has used her talents to launch new enterprises and lines of business as a director, founder and chief executive, and her experience as an elected official has enabled her to bring industry, education and government together for enhanced collaboration.

Student speaker

David Hinojosa, who is earning a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling, will be the student speaker at this year’s ceremony.

Additional information

The CityU commencement ceremony will be streamed live. The commencement webpage features ceremony details for graduates and guests.

Based on the vision of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at City University of Seattle joins a national network of Institutes supporting nonprofit fundraising through educational programs, created and led by the founding Institute at National University

SEATTLE – May 2, 2017 – City University of Seattle is pleased to announce it is joining the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy network by opening its own affiliated Institute dedicated to helping nonprofits significantly increase their fundraising capabilities and positive impact in Washington. Based on the vision of philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford, the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at City University of Seattle is part of a growing nationwide group of Institutes that are offering established, proven curricula presented by recognized nonprofit leaders, members of academia, and renowned philanthropists.

“When an organization’s fundraising capabilities improve, the impact they have in the community grows,” said Libbie Stellas, Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at City University of Seattle. “Together we can enable nonprofits to make the world a better place.”

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy nationwide movement is coordinated through the founding Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University, a private nonprofit university based out of California that developed the core curricula and educational materials for all affiliated Institutes. Based on Mr. Sanford’s approach to philanthropy as a successful entrepreneur and businessman, each Institute is dedicated to supporting the work of nonprofit leaders with an emphasis on frontline nonprofit fundraisers.

City University of Seattle, which is part of the National University System, has a long history of partnering with local businesses to deliver education and training opportunities, and looks forward to providing new professional development and fundraising resources to the nonprofit community. Faculty who teach in CityU’s Master of Arts in Leadership with Nonprofit Leadership Emphasis program will be in a position to support the Institute’s efforts and serve as a resource for nonprofit leaders as well. The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at City University of Seattle will serve as a resource for nonprofit organizations in Washington to help increase their fundraising capabilities and strengthen their community impact.

Mr. Sanford, considered to be one of the country’s most generous donors, believes in making the world a better place by helping nonprofits and cause organizations maximize their fundraising potential. The core approaches of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy network are based on Mr. Sanford’s own interactions with hundreds of fundraisers and nonprofit leaders, and his recognition that fundraising effectiveness can be strengthened through approaches that emphasize proven business and sales principles.

As a result, each affiliated Institute, including the one at City University of Seattle, offers programming based on Cause Selling, which incorporates a powerful mix of communication and psychological approaches, as well as research, strategy and data analysis. This approach is detailed in a one-of-its kind textbook, “Cause Selling: The Sanford Way,” developed through the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University and based on Mr. Sanford’s vision. Affiliated Institutes also have access to more than 30 online educational modules developed through the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University that focus on Cause Selling and related topics of donor relations, planned giving, and social media/marketing for nonprofits. The material is presented in coordination with nonprofit leaders, members of academia and renowned philanthropists who incorporate their own professional and regional perspective to the content.

“We are very pleased to celebrate the launch of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at City University of Seattle, which will strengthen the philanthropic culture in the region they serve and build the capacity of nonprofit leaders,” said Dr. Lena Rodriguez, Endowed Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University. “The vision of Mr. Sanford is to make the world a better place, and through the Institutes’ work we create stronger communities through more sustainable and impactful nonprofits.”

To date, more than 12,000 nonprofit leaders have benefitted from programing offered through the founding Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University, which leads the creation of an expanding network of affiliated Institutes in partnership with institutions such as City University of Seattle. Other affiliated Institutes have opened at John F. Kennedy University in the San Francisco Bay Area; Augustana University in South Dakota; Bellevue University in Nebraska; and Long Island University in New York.

About the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at City University of Seattle

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at City University of Seattle is part of a nationwide network of Institutes that are dedicated to strengthening the impact of nonprofits through fundraising-focused educational programs that are presented by recognized nonprofit leaders, members of academia and renowned philanthropists. Based on the vision of philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford, the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy movement blends the passion of philanthropy with proven approaches that integrate sales and business principles, an approach called Cause Selling that was developed through the founding Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University in 2014. The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at City University of Seattle, along with other affiliated Institutes, have access to specially-designed content and curriculum developed through the founding Institute that focus on Cause Selling approaches and related topics in fundraising, marketing, and donor relationship building.

To learn more about the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at City University of Seattle visit: cityu.edu/sanford-philanthropy.

To learn more about joining the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy national initiative, please visit National University’s web page: http://sanfordeducationcenter.org/instituteofphilanthropy.cfm.

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As announced today, philanthropist T. Denny Sanford made a generous donation of $28 million to support expansion of the Sanford Education Programs through the National University System, of which City University of Seattle is an affiliate.

Since 2015, CityU has worked to bring the Sanford Harmony and Sanford Inspire programs to schools throughout Washington.

The Sanford Harmony program, which is being used and introduced to more than 55 schools in Washington, is a social emotional learning curriculum that teaches students in preschool through sixth grades how to be more empathetic, respectful and inclusive.

The Sanford Inspire program offers professional development trainings for teachers in order to equip them with skills to engage and motivate their students. It is currently being used in three Washington school districts for teacher support and retention programs and in more than 20 districts as part of CityU’s statewide clock hour program.

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at City University of Seattle, which is currently being rolled out, will provide educational and professional fundraising resources to nonprofit leaders and volunteers in Western Washington.

Learn more about the Sanford Education Programs, and about the impact these programs have had in Washington.

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2017 Best Online Bachelor's Programs logoJanuary 10, 2017 – SEATTLE – U.S. News & World Report announced its annual rankings of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and City University of Seattle was ranked among the best for the fifth consecutive year. CityU was the only private, nonprofit university based in Washington State to be ranked in the top 50 this year.

The list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs is developed to help prospective students see which schools may be right for them. According to U.S. News & World Report’s ranking methodology, the vast majority of students in this ranking are professionals with some college credit who are looking to advance in or change their careers. This directly aligns with CityU’s primary focus of serving working adults and transfer students.

“Offering flexible and accessible education is the core of City University of Seattle,” said Randy C. Frisch, president of the university. “CityU’s ranking among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in the country is confirmation of our commitment to our students and to their long-term success. While CityU serves thousands of students in our physical classrooms, online learning makes it possible for us to meet our students where they are, whether that’s across the state, across the country or around the world.”

As a pioneer of distance learning, City University of Seattle has a history of developing innovative education practices to meet the needs of its students. The university offers online bachelor’s degrees in subjects including applied psychology, information technology and project management. This top ranking for online bachelor’s programs affirms the university’s commitment to providing the best student experience possible.

In addition to the online bachelor’s programs, CityU was ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs for the third consecutive year. The MBA is one of the most popular degree programs the university offers, and this ranking underscores that success.

You can see the complete list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, Best Online MBA Programs and the methodologies on the U.S. News & World Report website.

About City University of Seattle:

City University of Seattle is a private, nonprofit university dedicated to serving working adults and transfer students. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities through the doctoral level and offers more than 60 online, onsite and performance-based programs. CityU’s primary campus is located in downtown Seattle, Washington, and the university has multiple sites throughout Western Washington, Canada and abroad.

City University of Seattle named a 2017 Military Friendly School

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Military Friendly SchoolSEATTLE, Nov. 17, 2016 – In recognition of City University of Seattle’s recruitment and support of military students, the university was named a 2017 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media.

For four decades, CityU has been committed to serving military members and their families. By partnering with organizations dedicated to aiding service members and offering reduced military tuition, special scholarships and credit for prior learning experience, CityU is well equipped to assist military families.

“CityU has a proud history of serving military families, who are often underserved and non-traditional students,” said City University of Seattle President Randy Frisch. “It is an honor to serve and help those who have sacrificed so much so we can enjoy our freedom.”

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans and responses to a proprietary survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Data calculations and tabulations were independently evaluated for completeness and accuracy by EY.

Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and specifically for student veterans.

“Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans,” said Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer at Victory Media. “Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

City University of Seattle will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine and on militaryfriendly.com.

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About City University of Seattle

City University of Seattle is a private, nonprofit university accredited at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. CityU is dedicated to serving working adults and transfer students and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 30 for online bachelor’s degree programs, and among the top 20 online programs for veterans in the U.S. The university offers more than 50 flexible online, onsite and performance-based programs. CityU has its headquarters and main campus in Seattle, Washington, and has sites throughout North America, Asia and Europe.

About Victory Media

Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur®, STEM JobsSM and Military Friendly® brands. Learn more about Victory Media at www.victorymedia.com.

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