Unbound / formerly Lumerit Scholar/ formerly College Plus

Be Unbound Official Website

July 2020 Following Pearson’s acquisition of Lumerit (which included the brand Unbound), Unbound has since been divested and operates as its own entity that is very different from the previous program. Lumerit is fully retired.

What is Be Unbound?  Unlike previous versions of the program (Lumerit Scholar, Unbound, and College Plus) Unbound is a non-denominational Christian leadership program that focuses on leadership courses and development (in person and online) while making college credit options and academic advising available to students through the Pearson Accelerated Pathways program.

After meeting with Ben Billups, Chief Marketing Officer, he carefully explained that this is a shift in focus away from college credit /degree attainment, and instead on their larger leadership program.  “Unbound still offers a wide variety of academic services, including regionally transcripted college credit and degree plans, but now places more emphasis on Christian leadership development. The emphasis on Christian leadership and Christian community is the primary differentiator now.”

NOTE:  Don’t mix this up with the non-profit organization College Unbound 

Regionally Transcripted:   “Regionally Transcripted” is the term that explains a “legitimate’ credit laundering process.  Only a college can be Regionally Accredited, not a business and never their courses. As such, “Regionally Transcripted” is an invented marketing term that explains how a business uses partner colleges to record their courses onto an official college transcript.

College Credit:  Since Homeschooling for College Credit helps you understand and compare college credit options, it’s really outside my expertise to evaluate their leadership program- so this post will only evaluate their college credit options.  College credit earned through Unbound will appear on a college transcript at a regionally accredited university (nicknamed “regionally transcripted”). This happens because of a partnership they have with Pearson’s Accelerated Pathways program. Unbound, however, asked me NOT to publicize information about what schools they use.

“We cannot publicize information about accredited schools, so we need this paragraph to be removed” -Victoria Grant, Director of Content and Coaching

From Jennifer: Prior to receiving this email today, I included Unbound’s entry in the “Excellent Transferability” section of my 30 Ways to Earn College Credit page. Now, with those names removed, it puts me in the very bad position of asking you to “take my word for it” which I won’t do. Everything I ever post here is verified by me and verifiable by everyone. As such, before considering this program, I strongly urge you to require their disclosure as to whether or not (1) they have a written partnership currently in place with a regionally accredited college – get it in writing (2) your courses will appear as original graded credit on that college’s official transcript – email the college’s Registrar and confirm. Without that information, you can not make an informed decision. -Jennifer Cook-DeRosa

Classes:  Though this is a non-denominational Christian program, their college credit courses are secular (with the exception of their 3 leadership courses and their non-credit life courses which were developed by Unbound.)  If you previously reviewed their program when it operated as Lumerit or College Plus, they had a small set of  academic courses taught from a Christian worldview, but those were discontinued by Pearson.  Currently, Unbound uses Pearson’s Accelerated Pathways courses in their program. If you didn’t want or need their leadership courses, you could take the courses directly through the Pearson Accelerated Pathways program.

Cost:  Since Unbound is not a college, you can’t use financial aid to pay for Unbound courses. You can apply for financial aid once you apply to college for your degree and start taking courses at the college.

  • $8,500 per year (9 college credits)
  • $9,500 per year (15 college credits)
  • $11,500 per year (30 college credits)

Course List

American Government
American History I
American History II
Anatomy & Physiology
College Algebra
Critical Thinking
English Composition I
English Composition II
Environmental Science
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Introduction to Economics
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Medical Terminology
Student Success

Accounting I
Accounting II
Business Law
Business Math
Human Resource Management
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Business Information Systems
Introduction to Finance
Organizational Behavior
Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing

Criminal Courts
Criminal Investigation
Criminal Justice Ethics
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Introduction to Corrections
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Homeland Security
Introduction to Policing
Juvenile Justice
Policing Techniques: Interviewing and
Probation and Parole