Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Admissions
See also Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Online Courses
How to Apply?
- Is Charter Oak State College a regionally accredited institution?
- What is matriculation?
- Who do I contact if I need more information on admissions?
- What are the admissions requirements?
- How do I apply for admission to Charter Oak?
- Is there an application fee?
- Is there a deadline for applications?
- I have already applied. How do I check on the status of my application?
- What degrees are awarded?
- What majors do you offer?
- How long will it take me to earn my degree at Charter Oak?
- Can I complete a second bachelor's degree?
Earning & Transferring Credits
- How many Charter Oak credits do I need to take?
- Can I earn all of my credits at Charter Oak?
- Do I get credit for life/work experience?
- Do I get credit for my CEUs?
- Does Charter Oak accept international credits?
- How many of my credits will transfer?
- How much will it cost to earn my degree?
- Is financial aid available?
1. Is Charter Oak State College a regionally accredited institution?
Absolutely! Charter Oak State College is accredited by the New England Association
of Schools and Colleges. It is also accredited by the Connecticut Board of Governors
for Higher Education. The College was established in 1973 by the Connecticut Legislature
to provide an alternate way for adults to earn a college degree. Want to know more?
- please visit Our Advantages.
2. What is matriculation?
Matriculation occurs when you officially become a degree-seeking student at Charter
Oak State College.
3. Who do I contact if I need more information on admissions?
The Admissions Team can be reached by submitting the form on the Contact Us page, by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (860) 515-3701 (Monday-Thursday from 8:30AM to 7:00PM EST and Friday
from 8:30AM to 5:00PM EST) You may also submit paper requests by faxing to (860) 760-6047
or by mailing to:
Admissions Office / Charter Oak State College
55 Paul J. Manafort Drive
New Britain, CT 06053-2150
Please also visit the Admissions page for more information.
4. What are the admission requirements?
Admission is open to any person 16 years or older, regardless of level of formal education,
who has earned nine acceptable college-level credits. International students should
review the International Admissions Policy.
5. How do I apply for admission at Charter Oak?
Applying online is the easiest and quickest way to begin the admissions process. Access
the online application or learn how to apply.
6. Is there an application fee?
Yes. Due to the time commitment that is necessary in processing each application,
there is a nominal application fee of $75. Students receive an evaluation of their
current credits and how they may fit into a degree plan. For more information, please
visit How to Apply.
7. Is there a deadline for applications?
No. Applications can be submitted at any time of year.
8. I have already applied. How do I check on the status of my application?
Please log in to your account in ACORN for more information.
9. What degrees are awarded?
Charter Oak is authorized to award the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
and four General Studies degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate
in Arts and Associate in Science. Please see Degree Completion for more information.
10. What majors do you offer?
The majors offered include Health Information Management and General Studies. Students
completing a general studies degree at the bachelor's level are able to "concentrate"
their degree in a specific discipline or combination of subjects. Our most popular
concentrations are workforce-driven and include: Business Administration, Information
Systems, Healthcare Administration, Public Safety Administration and Psychology.
Regardless of your area of concentration in a general studies degree, your diploma
will simply state that you have earned either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of
Science degree. Information about your concentration is provided only on your official
transcript. Please see Concentrations/ Fields of Study or Concentration Basics for more information. The major of Health Information Management will appear on your
11. How long will it take me to earn my degree at Charter Oak?
It depends on you and how much time you have available to commit to your education
each week. Our experience indicates that if you matriculate (enroll) with about 45
credits, you can finish your associate degree (60 semester credits) in less than a
year. If you matriculate with about 90 credits, you can finish your bachelor's degree
(120 semester credits) in 1-2 years. There are three graduation dates per year: May
31st, August 31st and December 31st. Please see Degree Completion Steps for an overview of the process.
12. Can I complete a second bachelor's (baccalaureate) degree?
Yes, you may pursue a second bachelor's degree, provided that degree is in a different
field of study from your current degree, and you have received permission from the
Provost. For more on this policy, please visit Second Baccalaureate Candidates.
13. How many Charter Oak credits do I need to earn?
Charter Oak has two academic residency requirements. The first is a 3-credit cornerstone
course required for students enrolled in either an associate or bachelor's degree
program at the college. The cornerstone course is taken in the student's first term
as an enrolled Charter Oak student. The second is a 3-credit capstone course required
of all students completing a bachelor's degree.
14. Can I earn all of my credits at Charter Oak?
It depends upon your choice of concentration. Charter Oak offers many online courses,
but it may not be possible to earn all the credits you need for your degree through
our courses. You can take courses at colleges and universities close to your home;
take tests to earn credits; and/or prepare a portfolio for assessment. You can also
utilize Charter Oak's contract learning option.
15. Can I get credit for learning or knowledge gained through experience?
Yes! Most people use the testing option to demonstrate what they have learned and
know through experience. However, if there is no standardized exam available in your area of expertise, and if this expertise is equivalent to college-level
work, you may want to investigate completing a portfolio assessment of your prior
learning. In our portfolio format you will be required to find college courses equivalent
to the knowledge you have acquired. You then provide relevant evidence and comprehensive
narratives which are used to validate your college-level expertise. Please visit Portfolio Overview for more information.
16. Do I get credit for my CEUs?
You do not receive direct credit for the CEUs you have earned. However, they can serve
as valuable background information when you are studying for an exam to earn credit
or when documenting knowledge in the portfolio process.
17. Does Charter Oak accept international credits?
Yes. In fact we have a very liberal policy when it comes to accepting International
credits. We simply require:
- A transcript/record, listing all courses taken and examination results.
- Applicants with international credits must also complete the Written Communication
requirement prior to being accepted to Charter Oak. Please see our International Admissions Policy for more information.
18. How many of my credits will transfer?
Charter Oak has a liberal credit transfer policy. We will accept most credits that
have been successfully completed at other regionally accredited institutions. This
includes up to 87 semester credits from regionally accredited, two-year colleges.
Exceptions include courses in physical education, freshman orientation, and developmental
courses. Please visit How to Apply to apply online and begin your credit evaluation.
19. How much will it cost to earn my degree?
19. How much will it cost to earn my degree? All students pay the application, semester-based
college fee, and graduation fee. How you earn your remaining credits will determine
your final cost. Please use the cost calculator for an estimate of tuition and fees In addition, the College offers Payment Plans
to help you manage costs. Visit Tuition and Fees for more details on college costs.
20. Is financial aid available?
Yes. Financial aid is available to degree-seeking students in the form of scholarships,
grants and/or loans. Certain types of aid, such as loans, must be paid back, generally
with interest. You may prefer to manage college costs through Charter Oak's convenient,
interest-free Payment Plans. Complete financial aid information is available in the
Financial Aid section of this site, or by calling (860) 515-3703.