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 petition 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.