City University of Seattle Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (43)
I transferred in to City U from a CC program. I chose the BSBA in Business Management as a good fit for my existing skills, as I was looking to do a mid-career pivot. Overall the classes were good: relevant to current business topics and trends and relatively challenging. City U (at the time, at least) struggled with having relevant, up-to-date technology courses and facilities (I had initially intended to get a networking degree but found they had no technology lab or equipment to work with, and as such any degree obtained would be functionally worthless in that area) but the business courses more than made up for that. I immediately put the skills I learned to work booth in my day-to-day at the job and career I was moving out of and in my new career. Currently, I often catch myself in meetings wondering who is talking when I am discussing complex business-related concepts and strategies, because the person I was just a few years ago would not have been able to perform at this level. My salary has also seen a solid bump (more than doubled, actually), which would not have been possible without the skills, expereince and degree I obtained from City U. For Business, which is the only program I am familiar with, I rate City U very highly and recommend it to anyone looking to take the next step in their career.
City University took more transfer credits towards my (online BAM - special program for Boeing employees) degree than any other college at which I evaluated for finalizing my Bachelor's Degree in a reasonable time frame and within budget. I enrolled with the understanding that my tuition would be $X amount for the duration of the program. Unfortunately the tuition doubled in the 2 years and I was stuck at that point because I had already wasted another year towards my degree program. The courses all have a similar look to the syllabus, some courses have 5 main outcomes and some can be further broken down into additional outcomes. Most courses only took one day a week to get through a 10 week online course, even for 20 credit hours. It is good to note that the grading practice is highly subjective, they try to quantify it with rubrics and criteria, however there is ambiguity in the verbiage. The verbiage looks similar to this: "Major trends are missing, poorly articulated, or confusingly presented. The organizational context is not described or is unclear." Anyone familiar with objective quantification understands that each of the criterion represented in this quadrant is qualitative, meaning relative to a referent instead of measurable as a clear expectation should be. If you write above the grader's reading level your paper will suffer as a result. Then, because they don't understand what you are writing they will identify it as "unclear". I recommend avoiding this program. It's very frustrating, and its "self-guided" nature means you are educating yourself. Granted, the support staff is there, but they are there to tell you to go find the answers yourself. If you're lucky they'll point you in the right direction. I am a Full time Dean's list student with 3.9 GPA, and City University of Seattle is a terrible representation of an institute for higher learning. My earning potential was inhibited by the piece of paper proclaiming that I have patience to sit through an arduous and expensive obstacle course for 4 years, and thus the school was able to fulfill that requirement for my company, hence the rating in that quadrant.
I attended City University on site in Bellevue, WA. I have been promoted and hired for many of my positions because I had a Bachelor of Science degree. I already had an Associate degree in Business from Pierce College. I was also already in the IT field and had been for years. The cost of classes and books were very reasonable for me. I would save up during one quarter for the next one, a very small inheritance also helped big time. My last year was paid for by my employer (that was great!). I made many friends going through the classes. We were able to have study sessions and that was a real plus. I was working full time as I attended college full time. I like classes in person rather than on line. I get more out of it that way. The school had a good lab for the programming and development classes. The teachers were already working in the real world and had a lot to offer of real life experiences. . I always wanted to go back there to further my education but began consulting and traveling too much. I have never quit learning. Education is very important. I'm glad I discovered City University. I still have friends I met there too!
I think the quality of your education truly depends on your degree program at this school. But really that's the case with all schools. I am halfway through the Criminal Justice undergraduate program and feel like I've already learned more than a friend of mine who got his CJ degree from UC Irvine (a well-regarded school). The courses are actually quite rigorous and challenging. I think some students get overwhelmed by the workload but personally I appreciate the quality because I'm there to learn, not just get a degree. The school is going through some growing pains, but you can tell the staff really cares about its students and there's a diverse community which is admirable. The campus is small, but quite nice and they've recently setup student housing. A few of my professors have been "just alright" but the majority have been really involved, quick to respond to issues, and knowledgeable on their subjects. The technology for the online classes is superb; I haven't had any issues, it's organized, the library works perfectly and easily, and any time there are issues of some sort (which haven't affected me) all of my professors have been really quick to get information to the students about it. Overall, I think you get what you put in. I can't speak for other degree programs, but the CJ one is worth the time and effort.
I graduated MBA in Finance 2010. This was a very good experience, all my professors were very knowledgeable. One thing that I would recommend the school, they should make a tougher admission to business. I felt it was too easy for me to get admission to this school. And stop advertising online, good school it should advertise from words of mouth.
I thought City U provided and excellent education. The instructors we outstanding in a majority of cases. The best part about it, I was able to attend at night which was a huge plus considering I was also working full time. The school I attended was in Tacoma.
This was a frustrating and underwhelming experience. Were City U not the only Bachelors education program in Seattle, I would not have gone here. Even now I regret it. The teachers, administrators, and school is extremely disorganized and lacks any student support. Even while in the program, I actively discouraged others from going here.
I have lots of people I once knew studying at City University Seattle, one of them I particularly want to mention is a student who is studying language course at the university. It is very unusual to me that, she has no abilities to communicate whatsoever, but passed the exams again and again, even though she was catched once because of cheating, but not been punished nor warned. I had asked her to quit such kind of irresponsible school but she thinks it is easy for her to gain degrees because of City U is so "easy". And I knew lots of people have no abilities nor efforts in studying at this university, there are some of them just graduated from this university, it is so weird to me. In addition, some teachers are only part-time. I think this university is a waste of money if you want to study the real knowledge and earn Valuable degrees. Because once the institution becomes irresponsible for what they are teaching, this information could be spreaded out to relatives, friends, or even on Media, it may soon damage your own benefits. THINK AGAIN ON WHY YOU NEED A DEGREE! But I would recommende you to go there if you just want a easy degree.
So far this school has been a great experience. I love the instructors and their quality education. They are well educated and have many real-world experiences about them. The financial aid has been interesting. I am using 40% of my Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Veteran's Rep at the school is very helpful and knows her stuff! In addition, working with the regular financial aid team, they were full of knowledge and got back to me very quickly. Since this program is newer and still developing, there are some kinks. But, so far they have been fixed by the staff. Overall, great education so far and the tuition isn't that bad.
When ever an issue arose, you were reminded it was a 'self directed program,' and you were encouraged to either figure out your problem or bear the burden of the negative consequences alone.