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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

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."

Chris Suchmann

"Personally, my three years here have been nothing short of transformational. Graduating isn’t the end for me it’s just the beginning."

Belita Ribeiro

"I’ve never been more inspired to learn, grow, and do more in my life!"

Angie Leary

"College Unbound made my passion come true. In 2017, my organization opened, it's called, 'Can you hear me now?'"

News & Announcements

Big news about financial aid! Featured Photo

Big news about financial aid!

CU students may now apply to participate in federal financial assistance programs including the Federal Grant program, the Federal Family Education Loan Program, the Federal Direct Student Loan Program, and the Federal Campus-Based Programs.
Next Steps for CU! Featured Photo

Next Steps for CU!

On Thursday, September 20, the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) voted to approve College Unbound (CU) to move to the next step toward full accreditation, allowing CU to join our peer colleges representing Rhode Island across the New England post-secondary education landscape.

Fast Facts

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