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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

College Bound Dorchester

Nature and Purpose

College Bound Dorchester works to ensure that all students view success in college not just as a possibility in their lives but as a baseline expectation. Everyday, College Bound Dorchester's educators work with diverse populations between 3 months to 27 years of age, including disengaged youth, newly arrived immigrants, and families struggling to provide educational support to their children. In each program, College Bound Dorchester provides educational services to the underserved and lays the foundation for future academic, economic, and social success. By providing a continuum of services, College Bound Dorchester ensures that no student gets lost on their path to higher education, and that all students have the tools to realize their goals. This work has the ability to not only increase the number of college graduates in Dorchester, but also to shift the community's mindset about college. This shift, from one of limited possibilities to one of high aspirations for all, will ultimately have a transformative impact on the community's socio-economic development.

With an annual budget of $5.5 million and a staff of 80, College Bound Dorchester annually serves nearly 900 children, youth, and adults.


PULSE students are involved in the early education program, working with 3-6 year olds and assisting teachers in the classroom.