Urban College of Boston

178 Tremont St 7th Fl
Boston, MA 02111-1093
Tel: (617)348-6359
  • The Urban College of Boston (UCB) is an independent, co-educational two-year institution located in the heart of downtown Boston. UCB is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to offer programs of study leading to the Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education, Human Services Administration and General Studies. UCB also offers a range of certificate programs and continuing education courses.
School Highlights
  • Urban College of Boston serves 810 students (4% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 43:1 is higher than the state community college average of 26:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 98% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 39%.
  • Urban College of Boston is one of 6 community colleges within Suffolk County, MA.
  • The nearest community college is New England College of Business and Finance (0.40 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 19 teachers has grown by 375% over five years.
Urban College of Boston(MA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty19 staff95 staff
Urban College of Boston Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 810 has grown by 32% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 43:1 has decreased from 155:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.56 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has declined by 15% over five years.
Total Enrollment810 students2,713 students
Urban College of Boston Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio43:126:1
Urban College of Boston Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students32 students1,076 students
Urban College of Boston Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students778 students1,637 students
Urban College of Boston Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Urban College of Boston Enrollment Breakdown MA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Urban College of Boston Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Urban College of Boston Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Urban College of Boston Black (2007-2016)
% White
Urban College of Boston White (2007-2016)
Urban College of Boston Ethnicity Breakdown MA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.560.59
Urban College of Boston Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Urban College of Boston Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2008-2014)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$25,400$35,600
Urban College of Boston Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $7,114 is less than the state average of $26,142. The private state tuition has grown by 50% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$7,114$26,142
Urban College of Boston In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%86%
Urban College of Boston % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates-$15,250
Median Debt for Dropouts-$5,300
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The Urban College of Boston was established to provide post-secondary educational and professional mobility to members of the urban community who have been traditionally under-served by higher education. The Urban College was founded by Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD), which is one of the nation's largest community action agencies and Boston's official antipoverty agency. In 1967, ABCD launched the Urban College Program in an effort to meet the educational, employment and career development needs of the adult community. The Urban College Program quickly attracted the enthusiastic collaboration of major Boston area colleges and universities, enabling men and women over the ensuing years to earn academic credits toward undergraduate and graduate degrees while acquiring job-related skills. Twenty years later, preparations began to obtain independent degree-granting status. In May 1993, the Higher Education Coordinating Council of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts voted unanimously to charter the Urban College of Boston. In January 1994, the Urban College of Boston proudly enrolled its first degree candidates, men and women who had chosen the road to personal and professional fulfillment with an institution created specifically to support and foster their ambitions. UCB serves more than 700 students each semester through associate degree programs in Early Childhood Education, Human Services Administration, and General Studies, as well as a variety of certificate and continuing education program. The Urban College of Boston is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).

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Did You Know?
Suffolk County, MA community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.58, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Suffolk County, MA is Bunker Hill Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.