Individualized degree planning is the hallmark of Charter Oak State College. Students receive academic counseling from both academic counselors and faculty. Each student who is pursuing a baccalaureate degree is assigned to an academic counselor who is a specialist in the academic area that the student has chosen for his/her concentration.
Academic counselors are experts at advising students at a distance. They guide students in finding appropriate learning resources and methods of evaluating prior learning, approve course selections, and assist students in selecting a concentration and developing their Concentration Plan of Study (CPS). They do not select a concentration for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Students are expected to make such a choice based on their own goals and objectives in obtaining the degree. Counselors also grant permission for students to register for their courses, including the capstone course in their concentration.
Charter Oak State College faculty who have expertise in the student's area of study approve the concentrations and provide advice on courses, writing ability and, if asked, career and graduate school options.
Charter Oak State College is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in Connecticut higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. All Charter Oak State College advisement and testing facilities are accessible and special accommodations may be made in modes of answering and time allotted for testing. Students with documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should request information from the Director of Academic Services at (860) 515-3841.
Charter Oak State College's library may be accessed via the student portal.The library provides students with the 24/7 resources necessary to earn their degree. These services are available to matriculated students and students taking courses.
All Connecticut residents may use the library services and facilities of other public institutions of higher education in the state. Through their local libraries, all Connecticut residents have access to the statewide library service that includes Interlibrary Loan. Through Interlibrary Loan, books and materials may be borrowed from other academic libraries.
The College regularly publishes:
- Update college newsletter (posted on our website and emailed to matriculated students in March, July and November)
- Connections alumni newsletter
Charter Oak State College offers free online tutoring in several subjects, including mathematics and writing. Students may take advantage of these online tutoring services by creating an account.
The Student Association provides a forum for students' viewpoints and voice. The Director of Academic Services serves as its coordinator. The Student Association sponsors a number of events throughout the year at the College and online. The Student Association also sponsors an e-lounge for students. The Student Association elects its officers and coordinates the election of two student representatives: one to serve on the Board of Regents Student Advisory Committee and one to serve on the College's Foundation Board.
Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society
At the annual commencement ceremony, Charter Oak State College inducts students, faculty, and staff into its chapter, Chi Omicron, of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for adult students. To be eligible for consideration a student must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher with a minimum of 50 graded credits. In addition, the student must earn a minimum of 24 credits through Charter Oak State College and be in the upper 10% of the class.
Students are encouraged to interact with one another and College staff in the Student eLounge, the College's virtual student lounge.
Charter Oak State College schedules testing sessions for CLEP, DSST and other college-level examinations at its office. Enrollees are informed through Update, the College's student newsletter. To assist test candidates in obtaining study materials, the College uses the services of a special mail-order bookstore. Test schedule information.
The Charter Oak State College Alumni Association was established in 1983 to advance the reputation of the College, to support its educational services, and to assist the graduates in furthering their education and their careers. The Alumni Association provides career and educational programs, both at the College and online, provides scholarship funds, and honors graduates with academic citations. Alumni serve on the Charter Oak State College Foundation.