CityU of Seattle, a not-for-profit university, announced that it is moving its headquarters from Bellevue to downtown Seattle, where they expect to have 200 employees and 3,500 students at the new Seattle campus.
“City University of Seattle will help enhance innovation and improve Seattle’s quality of life – two key elements of a city that can compete in the global economy,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. My Office of Economic Development is proud to have worked with CityU, providing site selection and other services.
CityU President Lee Gorsuch also announced that to commemorate CityU’s move to Seattle, they’re offering all City of Seattle employees, Seattle Schools, their alumni, and downtown Seattle businesses 20% off CityU of Seattle tuition. This onetime discount applies to all undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. Because college tuition is increasing annually by 10 to 20 percent, college is becoming out of reach for many. They hope this discount creates greater access to education for Seattleites. Please go here for additional details.
Through this move, CityU aims to continue the revitalization of two of Seattle’s dynamic neighborhoods – Belltown and South Lake Union – by providing an opportunity for continuous learning downtown. The first floor of the new location features predominantly student and community-facing amenities including classrooms, state of the art teaching facilities and resource centers to support students and the neighborhood. The second floor accommodates administrative offices and academic support staff. Combined, CityU will occupy approximately 88,000 square feet of this iconic Seattle building.
Since 1973 CityU has been committed to providing a relevant, flexible and accessible education for students managing their education alongside work and while managing life’s many curveballs. CityU’s new urban learning campus will provide students and the community with the ability to attend classes in contemporary, interactive and innovative learning spaces, during or after their work day. The neighborhood offers the perfect urban learning environment that modern student life requires such as internship opportunities at innovative landmark companies and a myriad of affordable transportation, entertainment and living options within a 1-mile radius.
“While online education continues to develop at CityU, the need for a physical campus to meet and exchange ideas, activate discussions and learn face-to-face will never go away. The challenges are: how does one make a school or a higher education facility relevant today and tomorrow? And how do you complement the independence of online education with the need for the human connection? By moving our headquarters to South Lake Union and creating this urban learning campus, we’re able to offer students a live-learning environment that is rich with opportunity, increased access, and new ways of learning.” said Lee Gorsuch, President of CityU of Seattle.
For more information about CityU, please visit www.cityu.edu.