Institutional Profile

Charter Oak State College Graduation

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The information provided on this page are derived from various data sources. Additional information can be found at Charter Oak's College Navigator site, which is maintained by the U.S. Department of Education.


Student Enrollment Characteristics

IPEDS 12-Month Enrollment, FY 2022-23Total
Unduplicated Head Count2,367
Annual FTE1,008
IPEDS Fall 2023 EnrollmentUndergraduateGraduateTotal
Head Count1,683831,766
American Indian or Alaska Native< 1%0%< 1%
Black or African-American20%26%21%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander< 1%0%< 1%
Two or more races2%6%2%
US Nonresident< 1%0%< 1%
Race/Ethnicity Unknown2%0%2%
Connecticut Resident89%76%88%
Average Age364136
Age Range16-7122-6116-71
Student LevelUndergraduateGraduateTotal
Undergraduate Pell Grant RecipientUndergraduateGraduateTotal
IPEDS Student-to-Faculty Ratio, Fall 2023
16 to 1

Note: Fall enrollment figures are based on IPEDS definitions. An additional 371 degree and certificate students were matriculated at Charter Oak but not registered for courses during Fall 2023.

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Student Graduation Characteristics

Degree and Certificate ConferralsTotal
Degrees and Certificates Awarded Since Founding in 197319,781
Students Completing Degrees and Certificates, FY 2023-24553
American Indian or Alaska Native< 1%
Black or African-American16%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander< 1%
Two or more races2%
US Nonresident1%
Race/Ethnicity Unknown2%
Connecticut Resident77%
Awards Conferred, FY 2023-24Total
Associate Degrees57
Bachelor's Degrees431
Master's Degrees32
Certificates, Undergraduate & Graduate56
Total Awards576
Bachelor's Degree MajorsCompletions
Business Administration55
General Studies, Individualized Study Concentration38
Health Care Administration37
General Studies, Judaic Studies Concentration37
Early Childhood Education35
Child Studies28
Health Information Management22
Public Safety Administration16
Organizational Leadership14
Criminal Justice13
Cyber Security13
Human Resources Management5
Remaining 10 General Studies Concentrations18

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Graduation Rates

Graduation rates for students first registering in Fall 2017 and planning to earn a bachelor's degree. Success is defined as completing a degree or certificate within 150% of the normal time by August 31, 2023. This equates to completing a bachelor's degree within six years, an associate degree within three years, or most certificates within a year and a half. Over 75% of bachelor's degree cohorts are part-time, transfer students.

CohortGraduation Rate
All First-Time Students (n = 6)Data suppressed
     Full-Time, First-Time (n <= 6)Data suppressed
     Part-Time, First-Time (n <= 6)Data suppressed
All Transfer Students (n = 308)64%
     Full-Time, Transfer (n = 62)74%
     Part-Time, Transfer (n = 246)62%
Overall Graduation Rate (n = 314)64%
GenderGraduation Rate
Female (n = 200)64%
Male (n = 114)64%
Overall Graduation Rate (n = 314)64%
Race/EthnicityGraduation Rate
American Indian or Alaska Native (n < 10)Data suppressed
Asian (n < 10)Data suppressed
Black or African American (n = 57)56%
Hispanic/Latino (n = 50)52%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (n < 10)Data suppressed
White (n = 174)70%
Two or more races (n = 10)70%
US Nonresident (n < 10)Data suppressed
Race/Ethnicity Unknown (n = 11)36%
Overall Graduation Rate (n = 314)64%
Financial Aid StatusGraduation Rate
Recipients of a Pell Grant within entering year (n = 118)69%
Recipients of a Direct Subsidized Loan within entering year that did not receive a Pell Grant (n = 27)70%
Did not receive either a Pell Grant or Direct Subsidized Loan within entering year (n = 169)59%
Overall Graduation Rate (n = 314)64%

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Retention Rates

One-year retention rates for bachelor's degree students first registering for courses in Fall 2022 and still taking courses in Fall 2023 or graduated by the end of Fall 2023. Over 66% of the cohort consists of part-time, transfer students. 

CohortRetention Rate
All First-Time Students (n < 10)Data suppressed
     Full-Time, First-Time (n < 10)Data suppressed
     Part-Time, First-Time (n < 10)Data suppressed
All Transfer Students (n = 381)69%
     Full-Time, Transfer (n = 123)81%
     Part-Time, Transfer (n = 258)63%
Overall Retention Rate (n = 390)68%
GenderRetention Rate
Female (n = 306)70%
Male (n = 84)62%
Overall Retention Rate (n = 390)68%
Race/EthnicityRetention Rate
American Indian or Alaska Native (n < 10)Data suppressed
Asian (n < 10)Data suppressed
Black or African American (n = 63)70%
Hispanic/Latino (n = 101)63%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (n < 10)Data suppressed
White (n = 203)70%
Two or more races (n < 10)Data suppressed
US Nonresident (n < 10)Data suppressed
Race/Ethnicity Unknown (n < 10)Data suppressed
Overall Retention Rate (n = 390)68%

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College Financial Metrics from IPEDS

Cost Per Student FTE
Fiscal YearCredit HoursStudent FTEBudget (in M)Cost Per FTE
Cost Per Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's Degree
Fiscal YearDegrees ConferredBudget (in M)Cost Per Degree

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Three-Year Default Rate on Federal Student Loans

MetricFY 2018
FY 2019
FY 2020
Default rate3.4%1.2%0.0%
Number in default1350
Number in repayment377411388

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Student Satisfaction

Percent of 2022-23 degree and certificate recipients who were satisfied or very satisfied overall with Charter Oak State College95%

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Post-Graduation Outcomes

Median Earnings


Reported on the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard, median annual earnings after ten years are for students who began college at Charter Oak in 2008-09 or 2009-10 and received federal student aid. Earnings are calculated regardless of whether students completed a degree or certificate. The College Scorecard also provides earnings data by degree program.

Employment Data

The U.S. Census Bureau provides national employment information about Charter Oak graduates through dashboards generated from the Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO) project.

The Connecticut Department of Labor provides data about Connecticut residents who graduate from Charter Oak.

Connecticut Residents Who Graduated in 2017-18 (N = 390)
MetricQuarter Before Attending COSCFirst Quarter After GraduationThird Quarter After Graduation
Number Employed301299305
Employment Rate77.2%76.7%78.2%
Change in Rate---0.5%+1.0%
Mean Annualized Earnings$46,976$57,799$59,885
Change in Earnings ($)--$10,823$12,909
Change in Earnings (%)--+23.0%+27.5%

Education Beyond Graduation

The National Student Clearinghouse provides data about whether recent Charter Oak graduates pursued further education after graduation. Subsequent enrollment could be at another institution of higher education or at Charter Oak. It is not uncommon for recent graduates to pursue a Charter Oak baccalaureate or master's degree after earning a previous degree at the College.

COSC Graduation CategoryTarget DateNumber Pursuing Further StudyNumber of Degree RecipientsPercent
Earned bachelor's degree, FY 2021August 202212249625%
Earned associate degree, FY 2021August 2022355860%

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