College Unbound is an innovative, degree-granting college for adults who have faced barriers to completing their Bachelor's degree. CU specializes in getting students on a path to a degree, keeping you focused on that goal, and supporting you in every way necessary to achieve it.
College Unbound helps adults re-enter and stay in college and get their Bachelor of Arts degree. The academic content and instruction build on earlier studies and life experience.
CU is a non-profit educational institution in Providence, Rhode Island focused on adult learners.
Our students are aged 19-65, part of the 128,000 adults in Rhode Island with some college but no degree. Most of our students have attended multiple colleges, both in person and online. Our students need to be able to attend college full-time while working full-time and raising families. The majority make less than 45,000 per year, qualifying for Pell grants and federal loans.
Your interests and the needs of your workplace and community are part of your educational program. Learning takes place in the classroom, online, with peers, in the workplace, and your local community.


College Unbound models the possibilities of higher education for adults where lifelong learning is valued and enables people to be fuller participants in creating the lives to which they aspire. 



College Unbound's mission is to reinvent the higher education experience for underserved adult learners, using a student-driven model of rigorous and engaged scholarship.


Target Market

College Unbound believes everyone has a right to postsecondary education.  CU looks to serve adult learners who have not yet completed their degree and are able to participate fully in the curriculum with the necessary technology, language, writing, and other systemic supports.  CU’s program is designed for adults looking to advance in their current careers, move into new vocations, or spark change that improves the quality of life for themselves and others. 



Reach Your Goals

Our graduates improve their own lives and influence those around them:

  • Culture of Support: Enrolled students benefit from services such as financial fitness counseling, including how to improve credit scores, and our supportive learning environment. CU’s model involves peer-driven cohort support and the development of a mentor network.
  • Academic Support: Writing and math tutoring and testing and support for learning disabilities.
  • Next Generation: Students are often heads of households and their learning benefits their children.
  • Wider Community: Co-curricular experiences occur naturally as offshoots of student projects and deeper community involvement. Personal transformation has ripple effects.