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Commencement 2015 student speaker April Cox
Barrington, RI resident named Charter Oak student speaker

Commencement 2015 speaker Colin McEnroe
Columnist and radio personality to speak at graduation

Commencement 2015 on May 31st
Over 550 students will comprise the Class of 2015, with 200 attending the ceremony

Charter Oak State College Enrollment Up 38%
The College's current enrollment is now at 2,836 students with over 2,000 of those students registered for online courses.

New CT Education Academy to Launch
Academy will provide training for CT state workforce

Charter Oak Ranked First for Affordability
College offers most affordable online degree program in state.

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education
On Tuesday, July 28, a network security upgrade will impact our services.
On that day, our websites & phones will be offline from 6 a.m. until approximately noon.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Admissions

See also Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Online Courses

Overview
Our Advantages
How to Apply?

General

  1. Is Charter Oak State College a regionally accredited institution?
  2. What is matriculation?
  3. Who do I contact if I need more information on admissions?

Applying

  1. What are the admissions requirements?
  2. How do I apply for admission to Charter Oak?
  3. Is there an application fee?
  4. Is there a deadline for applications?
  5. I have already applied. How do I check on the status of my application?

Degree Completion

  1. What degrees are awarded?
  2. What majors do you offer?
  3. How long will it take me to earn my degree at Charter Oak?
  4. Can I complete a second bachelor's degree?

Earning & Transferring Credits

  1. How many Charter Oak credits do I need to take?
  2. Can I earn all of my credits at Charter Oak?
  3. Do I get credit for life/work experience?
  4. Do I get credit for my CEUs?
  5. Does Charter Oak accept international credits?
  6. How many of my credits will transfer?

Costs

  1. How much will it cost to earn my degree?
  2. 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: admissions@charteroak.edu, 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 diploma.

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:

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.