Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

The requirements for admission as a degree candidate are that the applicant:


  • Is sixteen years of age or older.
  • Is able to speak and write standard English.
  • Has earned a high school diploma or its equivalency*


       * A high school diploma or equivalent is not required if a student has earned at least nine college-level credits through any combination of the following:

    • Credits earned from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Credits earned in the armed services.
    • Credits earned through evaluation of non-collegiate sponsored instruction that is acceptable for credit toward a Charter Oak degree.
    • Credits earned by completing standardized college-level proficiency examinations with an acceptable score towards a Charter Oak State College degree.

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Readmission for students dismissed from the college:

  • Students who have been dismissed will need to wait one semester before requesting permission to reapply. Permission may be requested by completing the request for permission to re-enroll form.

Request transcripts

  • Request official transcripts from each awarding source where you’ve attempted to earn credit.
    • Include college transcripts, military records and standardized exams from CLEP or DSST.
    • If you have not earned a minimum of nine college-level credits, you will need to have your official High School or GED transcript sent directly to Charter Oak.
    • Applicants who completed high school outside of the United States, should contact their admissions counselor for guidance on required documentation.
  • Visit Parchment and/or the National Student Clearinghouse to see if a college you attended will send a transcript electronically to registrar@charteroak.edu.
  • How to obtain transcripts for certifications and exams.
  • Let us know if you may have transcripts under an alternate name.
  • Once You have applied, check your admissions status online


  • We'll review your documents and create your preliminary credit evaluation (Advising Worksheet)

Advising Worksheet Completed

  • Receive the Advising Worksheet e-mail from your Admissions Counselor
  • Contact your Admissions Counselor


  • Confirm your decision to enroll in the college by submitting the enrollment form and paying the non-refundable $150 deposit. The deposit will be applied to tuition/fees.

Charter Oak welcomes students who are non-U.S. citizens or have international academic credentials. As a non-residential college, Charter Oak does not administer the I-20 form for purposes of issuing a student VISA.

Applicants residing outside of the United States are required to verify their identity by completing and having notarized the Identity Verification form. The original form must be sent to Admissions at Charter Oak State College.

Credentials from non-U.S. colleges must be evaluated by a recognized agency prior to review by Charter Oak. The College recommends a course by course evaluation be completed by either: Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES)

A student presenting international credentials must earn a minimum of 30 credits from U.S. institutions for a bachelor's degree or 15 credits for an associate degree.

Active Duty Military

Active duty Service Members are exempt from the semester-based College Fees and pay the $250 per credit rate for courses. Download the Military Eligibility form.

* Not applicable to graduate programs.

Connecticut Veterans

Connecticut veterans must submit a DD214 (Member 4 Form). Please submit via fax, email or mail.

  • Telephone: 860-515-3701 - email: admissions@charteroak.edu
  • Monday - Friday,  8:30-5:00; Eastern Time
  • Admissions Counselors available most evenings until 7:00 p.m. by appointment.