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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.



Facilities at Urban College of Boston are located at 178 Tremont Street, Boston, MA and other nearby locations. The accessible ten floor building is situated between downtown Boston and the Theatre District. The UCB urban campus overlooks the Boston Common. Faculty and administrative offices are located on the 7th floor at 178 Tremont Street. Registration and advisement, financial aid, student services, student enrollment, finance, the college development offices and the Learning Resource Center are also located on the 7th floor. Classrooms are located on the lower level, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors of 178 Tremont Street. Classes also meet at 19 Temple Place and 105 Chauncy Street and in other Boston neighborhoods by designation.

​The Urban College Student Lounge is located on the 3rd floor at 178 Tremont Street where students can purchase snacks and beverages.

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