City University of Seattle Reviews

  • 76 Reviews
  • Seattle (WA)
  • Annual Tuition: $11,430
76% of 76 students said this degree improved their career prospects
58% of 76 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 7/24/2023
  • Degree: Counseling
"Very expensive. Not worth the money. If you are in Canada, study at Athabasca instead. Huge variability in professors. Some are excellent, others are poorly organized and poor teaching. Syllabi often have large errors, such as wrong dates and grade breakdowns. Confusion as to how assignments are to be crafted from one professor to another. Different program delivery modes have different ways of approaching administration. Overall the education is not reliable. Some professors take no responsibility for their part in crafting the syllabus and assignment details. I have heard that the program has gone through changes over the years, before it was better, which is why I chose it. Now, I would not recommend it."
  • Reviewed: 8/8/2022
  • Degree: Computer Science
"DO NOT GO HERE!! I love that we now have the ability to do distance learning but go anywhere else. City U Seattle accepts more credits than most schools. However, they will require more credits than most universities in order to graduate. That's not the worst thing though. The worst thing is the quality of the teachers. I have had teachers grade me 0 (or F) after I completed work. Luckily, its all online so I have proof of my work. I have had to take screenshots of every piece of work I do online just in case the teacher claims I haven't. I have had teachers write the wrong grades and unless they are contacted they will not fix the mistake. The best thing about this college is the students. I found many were very helpful but that can't erase the fact that we are spending 2k per class for teachers that are lazy, useless and have no idea what they are doing. This college was pretty good between 2015-2017, but they have gone down rapidly. Because I am near graduation I cannot transfer all my credits to another university so I am stuck until I can get my degree. After that I will be filing complaints with the WSAC as this college has turned into a scam."
Vancouver Counselling Student
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2022
  • Degree: Counseling
"Most of the profs are inexperienced and new to teaching in general let alone graduate level courses. Hardly any counselling practice opportunities, despite this being advertised prior to joining the program. Did not feel prepared for internship, luckily internship experience was enriching."
  • Reviewed: 11/1/2021
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I am a BSBA graduate of City University of Seattle, and am currently enrolled in their MBA program. I can only recommend this university. No, we don’t have Greek life, a sports team or a mascot. But what we do have are industry professionals with a calling to teach, and working professionals highly motivated to learn. If you are willing to wave the traditional collegiate experience, you will be very satisfied with the level of professionalism and quality CityU brings to the classroom."
Stanislav Alexandravich
  • Reviewed: 1/4/2021
"Overall, City University offers a decent program for counselling since they bring a lot of theory as well as practical knowledge into it. It is a good university for those that lead very busy lives and those that might not have the same credentials required for other universities. Some professors are very professional and organized, but others are not. For each course you get multiple professors for some reason and at times there is no clear communication between them so misinformation is given to the students. Sometimes it also seems like these professors don't have enough time or willingness to give good feedback and grading. At times it feels like they are just trying to give some grade regardless of whether you did well or not. If you have the ability to go to a major real university, do it. Otherwise, this can be a good choice if you don't have the ability to attend other universities."
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2020
  • Degree: Business Administration
"One star because negative stars are not possible nothing is right with this place and need to be shut down as soon as possible. I have done my masters in 2020 and in 2 years found nothing good in this garage like place (1) Teachers can manipulate your marks , in my case they posted on blackboard app the score that is much higher than the score they give to me actually (2) There so no body or authority that can hear students and teachers and staff are all worthless. I wonder the got there staff from any garage sale. Each teacher will burp that he have so much years of experience outside USA (mainly they are talking about CHINA). In reality they are worthless (3) Teacher name Joshua can be found on other websites advertising about his MBA course in City University and his teaching is based on news only. (4) They will give full grades to Chinese students even if they present Boston dynamics videos in an HR Presentation claiming there will be no HR department in future and only Robots will work (5) No security, 2 Chinese students lost there bags with passport, laptop etc. but there was no camera nearby (6) Lots of more -ve , depressing place, stone age curriculum, For profit business that loves taking your money, Crooks and Liars, No responsibility of advisors. please be unemployed rather than going there"
  • Reviewed: 7/3/2019
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I started the education program back in 2011. While I was in the program, it was completely mismanaged. The people in charge didn't seem to know much about how things were supposed to be done, so in turn, my cohort was misguided. Communication was not effective. I had to extend my program by a quarter because of an oversight by our program mentor. Fast forward 7 years later, and I am still having issues. From releasing my degree in order to renew my teaching certificate to releasing my transcripts so that I may begin a masters program, everything has been an issue. They do not work without, and they seem to not care about whether or not you succeed. My colleagues have never had issues with the universities they attended, and if I had to do it over again, I would go through WGU. CityU is mismanaged, they have jaded and apathetic staff, they are incredibly expensive for what they offer. I advise all others to steer clear of this place."
  • Reviewed: 2/8/2019
  • Degree: MBA in Organizational Leadership
"CityU offers a learning experience that is thought out and intuitive, resulting in an environment of success. You get out of higher learning what you put in, and as a working adult, continuing education is difficult. The time commitment and need to be well organized is extraordinary in this program, but the payoff is great. I would recommend the MBA program to anybody looking to increase their business knowledge and attain skills to advance their careers. Truly a very positive experience online, on the Seattle campus and at the National University campus in San Diego."
  • Reviewed: 2/8/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
"City University of Seattle has been a phenomenal experience. Due to my military career, I have had the pleasure of taking classes in classroom and online at Washington State University, Old Dominion University (BSBA), University of Hawaii, Southwestern (Oregon), and Olympic College (AA). The courses and instructors at CityU have provided appropriate instruction, both in-person as well as in the distance courses at CityU. The MBA program was instrumental in preparing me for managing a non-profit as well as managing a business in the wealth management industry. I recommend the MBA and DBA program."
Gringa a in paradise
  • Reviewed: 1/4/2019
  • Degree: Information Technology
"While I learned a lot from instructors and other students. The job market was such that getting my degree from other than a renowned State University was a waste of money. It helped me only by allowing me to keep a promise to my mother and myself. The bottom line is next degree I earn will be done through a public university."
  • Reviewed: 8/14/2018
  • Degree: Counseling
"Some teacher's are great, others are VERY bad. There is a culture of not addressing student concerns and students are generally treated with disrespect. Certain classes revolve around the pet theory of the administrator (his own) to the exclusion of other relevant theories and practices. During the in-person interview, prospective students are informed by the administrator that he only devotes part of his time to the University does take kindly to being contacted about concerns."
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2018
  • Degree: Computer Engineering
"This is a terrible university in Seattle. Their campus only has one building and two floors. I studied CS at this university but I thought I learned more business concepts. Most professors only read slides and they don't know how to answer my questions. Plagiarism is common in my class but they always can get a better grade than me. It is really easy to get a diploma and you even don't need to read the book."
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2018
  • Degree: MBA
"As I current international MBA student at City U I must say that the quality at City U is average. The University accepts all kinds of Asian students whose English is really bad. Then they want you to work in teams with these students and finally they grade you as a team when you do most of the work. So it doesn't matter how much you work, you get an average grade and the person next to you whose English is bad is graded the same. They accept these students as they make money and all they care is profit. Then they hire some average instructors who read from slides during class and if you ask them questions, they ask the rest of the class. Absolute joke! There are maybe 2 or 3 professors who I consider prepared to teach. I can't wait to graduate and just forget about this so called Master's Program which is an absolute joke!"
  • Reviewed: 6/3/2018
  • Degree: Education
"This school has done a terrible job. From mishandling my grades and getting me into class late to professors that just tell you to go research the subject and don't even give a lecture on the basics. One professor kept making up new requirements for our papers as time went on which screwed up my schedule. Staff are very unhelpful and if anything goes wrong they just blame it on you and don't even look into the problem. I'm planning on transferring out as soon as I can. It has been a total waste of my time and money."
  • Reviewed: 5/14/2018
  • Degree: Computer Science
"I have selected my programs and list of courses based on their online courses. However, the courses provided by the registrar did not match the courses that were published on the website. The registrar office informed me that their website are being updated and that is the reason for the discrepancy. However, in my second quarter this problem was repeated. I found it odd that a university is unable to publish their courses, and have mis-matched information that they are unable to correct for nearly 5 months!? I signed up taking classes for online, but had to go to the school multiple times because I had a hard time connecting with the instructor. Multiple times the instructor did not answer questions I have posted for over a week, so I had to resolve it by making an appointment and go onsite to talk to someone. After completing my second quarter I have decided to leave the university and pursue my education somewhere else. They did give me credits for the courses I have completed - thank God - so I was able to transfer those. I found their whole registration procedure was out of whack, not sure why. The frustration with enrollment and my problems with the instructor led me to believe that they are not as good as they advertise. At least this is what I have experienced in my situation. I understand there are good reviews about the school, so I recommend to do your research before deciding to enroll. Weigh the pros and cons, talk to the advisor, read reviews on instructors, and also read reviews on GlassDoor. I am aware the GlassDoor reviews are mainly used for employee reviews, but I've heard from other students that they had a high turnover rate. Maybe that has to do something with the inconsistency of the information the registrar's office have (...or didn't have...), and the fact that faculty is leaving (or left) maybe in indicator about the school that should be taken into consideration."
Veronica Nelson
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2018
  • Degree: School Counseling
"City University of Seattle offers a comprehensive Professional School Counseling program. All of the instructors are caring and knowledgeable. They combine theories with practical applications. The classes are relevant and in line with the ASCA National model. The program is switching to a 3-year program which will include KCREP certifcation(beginning in the fall of 2018)."
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2018
  • Degree: Computer Engineering
"Very bad experience. The course name does not match the course content, and instructor only read PPT. As an IT student, they don't have the lab in the school and they even teach business concepts in the class. Some of my classmates are from the foreign country and they used google translate to finish there homework. However, they got at least 3.3 each course."
  • Reviewed: 11/1/2017
  • Degree: Project Management
"This was a great program. The professors addressed question and comments quickly and made this a very practical way of going back to school. My advisor was top notch. My only concern that I might have is the cost but I was lucky enough not to have to pay for this degree. I can say I really did learn a lot about project management and this has set me up for success."
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2017
  • Degree: Computer Science
"First of all, I didn't graduate--I had to give some year. I have a question that begs an answer that has yet to be given to me after a wasted year at this university: I am a PAYING STUDENT. It's my money, my time, my decision in regards to what I want as my career path. The master's program is intended to allow the students to gain a deeper insight and depth in the speciality in why they choose to study--hence the term MASTER'S degree. Why does this university have a full catalog of fascinating classes available in the master's degree level, yet when you select a major to concentrate in, ***THEY*** choose which classes you will take for your full program? Oh, I'm sorry, I'll be honest: They ask you to submit a list of classes you are interested in to the appropriate program director for approval, who then denies about half of them and replaces them with something you are completely not interested in. And no, you can't change them--it's set in stone. I enrolled to study computer science--WHY IN THE HELL AM I PAYING $2000 FOR A COURSE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND ANOTHER $2000 FOR A COURSE IN BUSINESS ETHICS AND ANOTHER $2000 FOR SOMETHING IN LEADERSHIP ABILITIES AND ANOTHER $2000 FOR....?!? Seriously?!? With all of this other unwanted garbage, how am I supposed to gain expert knowledge on anything? They are even getting rid of their option to obtain your degree with a thesis--it's been replaced with a capstone course. It's like a master's degree just to say that you have a master's degree. Unbelievable atrocious--this school needs to figure out what direction they are going, because at this rate, they are not going to have ANY students left! I'm the paying student here, I think I should be the one to choose which classes I would like to study! And I'm sorry, project management and learning about neutralizing workplace conflicts professionally is NOT going to give me any insight on creating robust computer software!"
Terrence M.
  • Reviewed: 7/2/2017
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"City University of Seattle is a struggling university. The problem with faculty in general, is that the whole university has an insane amount of turnover rate. Their staff and faculty are not happy on their job. In a single year they had a 25% turnover rate. When so many staff and faculty leaving their jobs, they don't have the capacity to create (let alone teach) a curriculum that prepares students for the real world. There was a lot of complaint especially about their teaching related degrees due to the fact that they have kept changing the requirements and class schedule multiple times within a semester. Students were angry that they have enrolled in a program just to find out a few weeks later that requirements have changed. And this went on and on during the year. Due to the negative work environment the university nearly tanked. They could not generate enough revenue and was finally sold to another institution. They had multiple layoffs and furloughs. In this kind of work environment you cannot possibly expect faculty and program directors prepare a curriculum that will be helpful. Faculty was more worried about their own position within the university and many have left even during the semester. Faculty who thought online courses were many times not present or simply unavailable for answering questions. They forgot finish grading papers on time. A friend of mine who worked there left her job due to an "internal mess" - as she put it. I attended only three semesters and then left to pursue my degree at another institution."