City University of Seattle Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (49)
This "college" is a joke! Tuition is astronomical and does not match the quality of education received. The faculty pool is small, the instructor selection doesn't exist, you are stuck with the same people throughout your program, most are fresh out of PHD school and lack field experience, have very clear biases and gossip about each other to the class. The school itself doesn't have an adequate library or bookstore, there is no caf, or student lounge. It's an overpriced manufactured college experience. I would not recommend. Financial aid is horrible. I once received my disbursement with three weeks left in the quarter!! Stay away! Go to a real university.
I've completed 5 degrees (at 3 different online & brick and mortar schools) and can honestly say that my time at CityU was well spent. The class sizes were small enough that I received timely feedback on my performance, as well as any questions I may have had. The instructors were all knowledgeable professionals in their respective fields, and each took time to share their professional experience with us. The amount of work was manageable for both onsite and online classes formats. (I averaged 2 classes a quarter while working full-time.). I will be finishing up my MS in the next 3 weeks, and have no reservations recommending CityU of Seattle for busy professionals.
This was not my first grad school degree. However, my only degree with CityU of Seattle. My professors were part-time PhD faculty also working full time in Boeing and in Microsoft Corporations in Seattle while working as part-time faculty teaching the MBA program in the Management Information Systems major program-MBA. The main advantage of my MBA experience with CityU was the quality of my professors bringing ( passing to me this experience) me their solid "real life experience" in the field of Information Systems Management while they were working for Boeing and Microsoft. This is what an MBA program should be about. Few grad school programs can offer this great advantage to their grad students. Seattle is positioned perfectly well to offer this since they can have a pool of PhD part-time faculty holding full time jobs in reputable corporations such as Microsoft and Boeing. This great benefit and advantage is unique for CityU. I believe this is the secret of the success of CityU of Seattle management degrees and specifically the MBA program. My MBA program (class of 1999) was in its infancy with their on-line courses and later became (decades later) one of the best MBA program in the nation (for a good reason).
Amazing experience with instant application to my career and sense of understanding of how things work in business. The curriculum is matched with a platform that is reliable and east to use. This all goes to facilitating excellent and Cumberland lessening for the working adult.
The program was excellent. The instructors were generally from the business world. The classes were relatively small, 25-30 students. The classes were in the evening and were structured for people who were working during the day. They took prior work experience into consideration. The interchange between students and instructors was excellent. I also attended the University of Washington, Seattle, and all my credits from those classes that applied to my degree were accepted.
I went back to school after a long hiatus. It was great to be able to access my education while I continued to work. It was a very rigorous program but one that prepared me for working with students with disabilities. I was very pleased with the level of professionalism and care that we received in our program and highly recommend them.
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.