Urban College of Boston

  • 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 768 students (5% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the state community college average of 10:1.
Minority enrollment is 97% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 52%.

Top Rankings

Urban College of Boston ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Massachusetts for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 44 teachers has grown by 1000% over five years.
Urban College of Boston(MA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationSpecial Focus Two-Year: Other FieldsAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profitPublic
Total Faculty44 staff285 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Urban College of Boston has declined by 5% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has decreased from 43:1 over five years.
The Urban College of Boston diversity score of 0.52 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment768 students2,446 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio17:110:1
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# Full-Time Students40 students1,218 students
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# Part-Time Students728 students1,228 students
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% Asian
14%
5%
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% Hispanic
66%
20%
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% Black
14%
15%
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% White
3%
48%
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% Unknown races
3%
7%
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Diversity Score0.520.70
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College Completion Rate
57%
16%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$25,400$35,500
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $7,114 is less than the state average of $29,755. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$7,114$29,755
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%81%
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Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Source: 2020 (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).

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Urban College of Boston is Bay State College (0.4 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Bay State College
    Bay State College Photo
    Private, for profit
    691 students | 0.40 Mi31 Saint James Avenue
    Boston, MA 02116
    (617) 217-9080
    0.40691
  • 1,237 students | 0.40 Mi10 High St Ste 204
    Boston, MA 02110
    (617) 951-2350
    0.401,237
  • Fisher College
    Private, non-profit
    1,628 students | 0.50 Mi118 Beacon Street
    Boston, MA 02116
    (617) 236-8800
    0.501,628
  • 11,352 students | 1.50 Mi250 New Rutherford Ave
    Boston, MA 02129
    (617) 228-2000
    1.5011,352
  • 1,674 students | 2.30 Mi1234 Columbus Ave
    Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
    (617) 427-0060
    2.301,674
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Boston community colleges have a diversity score of 0.70, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Boston is Bunker Hill Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.