Overview of Charter Oak State College
The Connecticut General Assembly created the Board of State Academic Awards in 1973.
In 1980, the Board received legislative authorization to designate its degree program
as a college. The name chosen, "Charter Oak College," commemorated an early success
in Connecticut's struggle for self-governance and was particularly suited to a public
institution in what is popularly known as the Constitution State. In 1992, the name
was changed to Charter Oak State College to facilitate recognition that the College
was part of the state system of public higher education. In 2009, the State statute
was changed to grant Charter Oak State College authority to offer Master's degrees.
In 2011, the Connecticut Legislature reorganized the state system of higher education,
combining the twelve community colleges, the four state universities, and Charter
Oak State College under one governing board called the Board of Regents.
Charter Oak is licensed and accredited by the state of Connecticut and regionally
accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The College is
governed by The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. See our Accreditation for more information.
Cost and Payment Options
Charter Oak is one of the most affordable higher education options. The actual cost
of a degree varies based on your individual circumstances. Get more information on
Tuition, Payment Plans, and Financial Aid.
Programs of Study
The College offers four General Studies Degrees - Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees (requiring a minimum of 60 credits), and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees (requiring at least 120 credits). A range of workforce relevant concentrations are
available, many of which can be completed through the exclusive use of our online
courses. In addition the College offers professional certificate programs and workforce
related credential programs. Get more information on our Programs of Study.
Transferring and Earning Credits
Students at Charter Oak can take advantage of our flexible credit transfer policy
to accelerate their path to degree completion. The college awards credit for:
- Up to 87 credits of coursework from other regionally accredited colleges and universities
- Standardized tests (CLEP, DANTES)
- Military training and occupation evaluated by ACE
- Corporate and agency training programs evaluated by ACE/PONSI
- Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP)
- Portfolio Assessment
- Faculty evaluated licensures and certifications
More than 2,000 students are enrolled at the College.
The College has more than 11,000 alumni. In a recent survey, 97% said they were "very
satisfied" or "satisfied" with their program. The survey also indicated:
- 90% were employed full or part-time while completing their degrees
- 60% gained immediate professional and/or financial recognition from their employers
after earning their degrees.
- Nearly 41% have been accepted into graduate programs at more than 350 colleges and
Charter Oak students reap the benefits of learning from dedicated and distinguished facultywho hold teaching positions at other accredited colleges and universities and from
professionals with expertise in a broad range of career environments. Each faculty
member is an esteemed educator unhesitating in his or her desire to challenge, guide
and inspire you to achieve your educational goals.
Workforce development has been an integral part of the mission of Charter Oak State College since its inception
in 1973. The College seeks to provide assistance to business and industry in advancing
the educational credentials of their employees. Charter Oak State College has partnered
with many branches of the US Militaryso that service members and their spouses can complete their degrees from a distance
at a reduced rate.
Our administrative offices are located in New Britain, Connecticut.
Charter Oak State College
55 Paul J. Manafort Drive
New Britain, CT 06053-2150 Contact Us
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Friday 8:30AM to 5:00PM