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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.
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Equity Unbound

College Unbound partners with Equity Institute offering a TA to BA program! Equity Unbound is a collaboration offering BIPOC educators a pathway to a college degree. Equity Unbound was created to help recruit and develop a diverse teacher workforce.

Student Experience

Zulema Gonzalez

"...Now I am an example for Latina women who want to achieve their goals while facing barriers."

Troy Robinson

"...After graduation I will find a better paying job to better my life."

Tami Miller

"I used to be a single mother, Nana, sister and friend without a Bachelor's Degree. Now I am all of those titles and more WITH a Bachelor's Degree!"

Shaylene Costa

"I used to be a self proclaimed expert sidekick. Now I am a college level leader."

Shawndell Burney-Speaks

"Now I am a confident Black woman, mother, wife, advocate, and an example of hard work and resilience with my bachelor's degree."

News & Announcements

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Imagining America Brings Radical Reckoning to Providence

This October 20-22, College Unbound, the City of Providence’s Departments of Arts, Culture, and Tourism and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging, and AS220 will host Imagining America (IA)’s 2023 National Gathering, a consortium that brings together scholars, teachers, artists, and activists from around the country to collectively envision a more just and equitable nation – and world.

Fast Facts

  • books97% of CU graduates report that they are more marketable as a
    result of earning their degree.
  • faculty87% of CU graduates continued their projects after graduation.
  • 75% of students who started in 2016 have completed their BA in less than 4 years.