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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 program designed around an innovative, personalized, interest/project-based curriculum model.

Student Experience

Taina Rosario

"Attending College Unbound has given me the opportunity to pursue and complete my degree while advancing my personal vision of community health through project-based learning. My goal is to develop and empower young ambassadors for health in our inner cities that will create ripples of change in their communities and the state."

Lily Torres

"I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to earn my Bachelor’s degree from College Unbound. This degree will now push me further to achieving my dream of one day becoming a lawyer."

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!"

News & Announcements

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College Unbound chosen as Rise Prize Choice award winner

We are thrilled to have won the Rise Prize Risers Choice award for $100,000! Accelerating postsecondary success for parenting students helps not just them, but also supports the economic mobility and well-being of their families. When student parents rise, we all rise. Thank you Imaginable Futures and Lumina Foundation!
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Teacher Pathway Program

Equity Institute, Rhode Island School for Progressive Education and College Unbound are launching a teacher pathway program for Teacher Assistants without 4-year degrees. Join us for an Info. Session on Tuesday, July 21st at 6:30pm to learn more.

Fast Facts

  • books30% of CU graduates were admitted to graduate school.
  • faculty82% of CU graduates continued their projects after graduation.
  • grad75% of students who started in 2016 have completed their BA in less than 4 years.