City University of Seattle Reviews
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Very disappointed. I took the online degree--just about every semester, a class was canceled because of (according to them) a lack of enrollments. This meant that I had no choice in which class to enroll in--some semesters I could only enroll into ONE class available for my degree. In two different semesters, there wasn't any available open classes for my degree program and I ended up having to sit out until following semester, which resulted in a lot of wasted time. Getting ahold of student advisors or any kind of staff support is like trying to reach Queen Elizabeth on the phone for an exclusive interview. I can't really say the quality of the teaching is the best either--they give you the materials and assignments, and you are on your own from there. The instructors are very generous with their grading as well--I was a 3.1 average student, yet at this school, I'm graduating with a 3.9 GPA? The challenge is just non existent. Yeah, I have my master's degree, but it just doesn't feel real or earned at all--the diploma just feels like a phony. I'm really disappointed, I expected a lot more for my money. I'm sorry, I can't recommend this school to anyone.