Urban College of Boston

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Urban College of Boston
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Urban College of Boston (2011)
Established 1993
Type Co-educational Two-Year College
Chairman Peter L. Ebb, Esq - Board of Trustees Chair
President Michael Taylor
Students 1,000 (2014)
Location Boston, Massachusetts, USA
42°21′10″N 71°03′51″W / 42.3529°N 71.0642°W / 42.3529; -71.0642Coordinates: 42°21′10″N 71°03′51″W / 42.3529°N 71.0642°W / 42.3529; -71.0642
Website urbancollege.edu

Urban College of Boston is a non-profit 501(c)(3) co-educational two-year college located in Downtown Boston, Massachusetts.


In 1967, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) started the Urban College Program to meet the educational, employment and career development need it for adult community. This was in collaboration with major Boston area colleges and universities, which enabled students to earn academic credits toward undergraduate and Graduate school|graduate degrees while still acquiring job-related skills.

In 1993, the Higher Education Coordinating Council of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts chartered Urban College of Boston; a two-year college as a private institution of higher learning, authorized to grant Associate of Arts degrees in three areas of study: Early Childhood Education, Human Services Administration, and General Studies. The College also offers Certificate programs in 11 areas.

In January 1994, UCB enrolled its first degree candidates, both men and women.

In 1995, UCB was granted Candidacy Status for Accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

In 1998, the affiliation with ABCD was re-cast as a partnership when UCB was granted a 501(c)(3) status as a tax exempt non-profit organization. In September 2000, it became a fully independent college, while maintaining a partnership with ABCD.

In October 2001, UCB was awarded full accreditation by NEASC.


Urban College of Boston exists to provide opportunity to every student seeking a college degree or professional advancement. The College supports students as they overcome economic, social and language barriers to achieve academic, personal or professional aspirations. Urban College of Boston is also aimed at developing the lives of its students. Our major objective is to equip students with the required knowledge and skills to enable them acquire jobs for the betterment of themselves and their families.


Urban College of Boston is an "empowering institution," providing every student full access to the resources and support they need to succeed personally, academically and professionally. The school's staff work to "enrich the communities and neighborhoods of metropolitan Boston through our unique, rigorous and compassionate education that goes beyond the classroom and meets our diverse students in the context of their lives."


Urban College of Boston believes that the most lasting way to empower people is through education. As stated on its published values, Urban College "will leverage every resource at our disposal to ensure that our students not only have access to a college education but also have the social, economic, interpersonal and academic support they need to be successful. We will impact communities by empowering leaders and parents, who build up their families, neighborhoods and work places. We will emulate the perseverance and fortitude exemplified by our students in our own conduct as we partner with them to transform lives and communities through the power of education."


Urban College was founded by ABCD as "a non-traditional, multicultural college" for students from literacy, GED, adult education, Head Start (parents and staff) and youth programs to enroll into a higher education program.

The Urban College of Boston offers college courses, degree and certificate programs in the fields of early childhood education, general studies, human services administration and computer technology.[1] Urban College of Boston also has arrangements helping graduates attend further degree programs at local colleges.[1]

The college is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of School and Colleges (NEASC) and offers Associate of Arts degrees in Early Childhood Education, Human Services Administration and General Studies in addition to certificate programs and continuing education courses.

The college is the only educational institution in the City of Boston that offers full course-loads in other languages, which attracts minority students seeking to advance their education while continuing English as a Second Language (ESL) studies. In recent years the college has gained recognition for its services in sex ed & drivers ed for non-drivers since a high amount of graduates take advantage of them in order to graduate.

As part of their efforts to reach more undeserved students, Urban College has also expanded its services with off-site location programs in suburbs like Worcester, Lawrence or Fitchburg, and surrounding Boston neighborhoods like Roxbury. Their graduation rates are low but so are their standards.

Financial Troubles[edit]

The school ran into financial trouble in 2011 when the federal government cut $700,000 in annual funding.[2] That same year, the U.S. Department of Education disqualified the school from receiving Pell Grant funding.[2] By 2012, Urban College faced a financial deficit and planned to partner with Endicott College.

There was a $250,000[3] deficit that Urban College could not fill directly, resulting in complaints from NEASC about the college's future financial viability. UCB aggressively took steps to remedy this situation.[4][5][6]

The school overrode the financial troubles without becoming partners with Endicott College.[7] Urban College continued serving its students while registering new students and has remained financially stable since.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.bostonabcd.org/urban-college-of-boston.aspx
  2. ^ a b Leighton, Paul (Jul 24, 2012), "Endicott backs off merger with Boston school", Gloucester Daily Times (Gloucester, MA) 
  3. ^ "College for working woman faces closure over deficit of $250,000". Boston.com. July 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ Schworm, Peter, "College for working women faces closure over deficit of $250,000", The Boston Globe, July 19, 2012
  5. ^ Forry, Ed, "Urban College presses on — in the Coard manner", Dorchester Reporter, August 9, 2012
  6. ^ Guttenplan, D. D., "Education Briefs: Last-minute support comes to aid of community college", The New York Times, August 5, 2012
  7. ^ "Urban College receives enough donations to remain open in fall, officials say". boston.com. July 30, 2012. 

[Category:1993 establishments in Massachusetts]