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Our Purpose

College Unbound (CU), focuses on adult learners who have faced significant barriers to attending college. CU coordinates courses, field studies, and in-depth project work to help students develop field-specific knowledge and skills that encourage deep learning. CU fills a unique niche in postsecondary education for returning adult learners with a Bachelor’s Degree completion program designed around an innovative, personalized, interest/project-based curriculum model.

Student Experience

Abdourahim Akimana

"...Praise is due to GOD who pointed me toward CU. There I found a cohort & caring educators, a supporting family alongside my own, to carry me through the journey to finally complete my education."

Luz M. Gonzalez

"I am a New York City native and Human Resources enthusiast, who loves the arts. I love to utilize my love of children, shared experiences, and organizational management to spread joy and enhance work experiences."

William Shavers

"I chose the program at CU because I have a passion for learning with like-minded students. After graduation I want to attain my Master’s & grow as a Housing Advocate. I love the community I live in & want to help move it forward!"

Charlene Howie

"My college journey began in 2004. I wanted my Bachelor's & a college right for me, one that would fit my schedule being a mom with 3 daughters while working & maintaining a personal life. Now, I am graduating, a moment I have always wanted!"

Lisa Arundale Furtado

"As a five-year breast cancer survivor and with the support of my parents, family, friends, advisors & mentors, I now feel prepared to move forward in furthering my education. I will always be forever thankful to CU."

News & Announcements

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Pair of volunteers honored for making a difference in Newport

Newport North End residents Dianne Ford (CU student) and Ellen Pinnock completed their first year of full time volunteer service this September through the national AmeriCorps VISTA program as part of the Newport Working Cities Collaborative.
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ACE Convening Puts Spotlight on College Unbound

College Unbound (CU), an innovative institution located in Providence, Rhode Island, designed for low-income working adult students who want to earn their bachelor’s degrees, was the subject of a symposium convened by the American Council on Education (ACE).
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5 Lessons from Cities on Reimagining College

Check out this article "5 Lessons from Cities on Reimagining College" from POLITICO, where CU is mentioned as "...a non-traditional way to earn a four-year degree that tailors its curriculum around adult students' life experiences."
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Our case study is out!

Our case study is out! Thank you to the American Council on Education and all who participated in the year-long study for your insight and hard work.

Fast Facts

  • grad80% Degree Completion
  • books20% of CU Alumni Accepted to Graduate School
  • faculty87% of CU graduates Are Employed Full Time