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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.

A History of the College

The Urban College of Boston (UCB) is an independent, non-profit 501(c)3 co-educational two-year college established to provide the opportunity for post-secondary education and professional advancement to those in the urban community traditionally underserved by higher education. Urban College grants an Associate of Arts degree in three areas of study: Early Childhood Education, Human Services Administration, and General Studies. The College also offers Certificate programs in 11 areas. The Urban College began as the Urban College Program within Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. over thirty years ago. In 1993, the College was chartered and is the only institution established by an anti-poverty agency.



Urban College of Boston is located in the China Trade Center at 2 Boylston Street, 2nd floor, Boston, MA. This accessible building is situated in the middle of downtown Boston, the Boston Theatre District, and Chinatown, and is one block away from Boston Common. Enrollment, academic advising, financial aid, student services, finance, development, the Student Lounge, School Store, and the Learning Resource Center are all located on the 2nd floor. Classrooms are located on the 1st and 2nd floors at 2 Boylston Street.
A security guard is present at each entrance of the China Trade Center at all times. All visitors are required to sign in. Students are provided with a picture ID, which they are required to show to the security guard upon entrance to the China Trade Center.

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