City University of Seattle
City University of Seattle logo - CityUSeattle h 2c.svg
MottoWhat's It Going To Take? We're Here to Get You There.
TypePrivate university
Parent institution
National University System
PresidentChristopher Bryan
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States
CampusUnited States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, China
AffiliationsNational University System
City University of Seattle, May 2019
City University of Seattle, May 2019

City University of Seattle (CityU) is a private university in Seattle, Washington. In 2016–17, CityU enrolled 6,755 students worldwide. The university consists of the School of Business and Management, The School of Education and Leadership, The School of Technology and Computing, The School of Health and Social Sciences, and Washington Academy of Languages. CityU of Seattle offers campus education around the world and online education. CityU is part of the National University System, a private nonprofit university system.


City University was established in 1973 as City College by Dr. Michael A. Pastore to provide higher education for working adults. First opened in rented office space in the Lyon Building in downtown Seattle,[2] over the years, the school has expanded its locations worldwide and negotiated partnerships with other educational institutions to offer certificate and degree programs. As of 2014, City University of Seattle has graduated more than 50,000 students worldwide.


City University of Seattle is accreditated by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The School of Management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).[3] City U's Project Management degree programs are accredited by the Project Management Institute.

City University of Seattle's School of Technology and Computing has an ABET accredited program – the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems – and is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.[4]


City University is headquartered in the Belltown area of downtown Seattle. CityU has campuses around the world.

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In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked City University of Seattle's bachelor's degree programs as a "Best Online Bachelors Degree". The publication also ranked CityU as a "Best Online Program for Veterans".[5]

Notable alumni and faculty


  1. ^ "University Fast Facts".
  2. ^ Schulz, Blaine (25 Jan 1984). "'City U' Puts Emphasis On Computer Skills". The Seattle Daily Times. Newsbank. p. H2.
  3. ^ "Current Accredited Programs and Members". ACBSP. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-06-25. Retrieved 2018-01-25.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Ranking". Retrieved 2019-10-19.

Coordinates: 47°37′03″N 122°20′40″W / 47.6174°N 122.3445°W / 47.6174; -122.3445