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Applying to CU: Programs and Process

College Unbound helps adults returning to college to complete their bachelor degree. From day one, the learning program is tailored to personal interests and needs.  


You must have at least nine previous college credits in order to enroll with College Unbound. If you do not have nine credits, our staff will assist you in finding the best ways for you to earn these credits. Please see our admission policies.

The following programs require applications:


  • This is the signature program of College Unbound, leading to a bachelor degree in Organizational Leadership and Change. It is for full-time study only. There currently is no tuition charge, thanks to generous donors who support this educational program. Solo cohorts meet on Monday evenings for class and discussion. Study is self-directed, supplemented by weekly one-on-one meetings (by video conferencing or face-to-face) with your academic advisor and support from a professional mentor and field experts. A personal learning plan and network guide and gauge progress. Learn more about the program and degree requirements.  
  • You can express interest in applying at any time.
  • If you aren’t sure you fit in the CU SOLO cohort, please contact us about how you can resume college studies at College Unbound: info@collegeunbound.


CU and Charter Oak State College: The content of this program is similar to CU Solo. As of 2017-18, we serve two dozen degree-seeking students who are enrolled with a partner, Charter Oak State College. Tuition and fees apply. Before applying, please contact College Unbound to discuss the CU Solo option: info@collegeunbound. 


CU Aquidneck Island program for part-time study: This program is structured for part-time cohorts on Aquidneck Island. It is designed to help students prepare for full-time degree studies. There are currently no tuition charges, thanks to scholarships funded by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation in Newport, Rhode Island. 

Application Process

If you’re interested in applying to College Unbound or would like to learn more, the best first step is to attend an Open House. Our Open Houses are designed to provide a better understanding of how our program works and what it could look like for you. At the Open House, you will also have the opportunity to discuss questions you have about financial aid and transferring credits. Can't attend an Open House? Set up a one-on-one appointment by calling 401 752-2640.
We understand that enrolling in a college program can be overwhelming. From interest and inquiry to enrollment, our staff is here to guide you every step of the way.
Ready to Apply?
If you still have questions about the application or want to attend our Open House, contact us at:
325 Public Street,
Justice Building, 2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02905
(401) 752-2640