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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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CU in the Media

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Robert L. Carothers

Helping students cross the finish line

In 2015 the state of Rhode Island authorized College Unbound to give degrees. The next step was to get accredited. A veteran in the world of accreditation, I stepped down from my role as board chair and joined the staff to help guide CU to candidacy status, a critical and necessary step toward getting full accreditation. The New England Council on Higher Education (NECHE) granted us that status this past September, a moment we are celebrating.
Pair of volunteers honored for making a difference in Newport Featured Photo

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).

Fast Facts

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