Charter Oak State College is a public liberal arts college in New Britain, Connecticut and is named for Connecticut's famous Charter Oak. The college is located across Paul Manafort Drive from Central Connecticut State University. The college was founded in 1973 by the Connecticut Legislature to provide an alternative way for working students to earn associate and baccalaureate degrees.
The College is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU), regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and functions under the degree-granting authority of Connecticut's Board for Regents for Higher Education.
The college operates on a model similar to Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey and Excelsior College in New York, providing online degree completion programs.
Charter Oak has awarded over 11,000 degrees since its founding in 1973.