Charter Oak State College (COSC) is a public liberal arts college in New Britain, Connecticut. The college was founded in 1973 by the Connecticut Legislature and offers associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. The college is located across Paul Manafort Drive from Central Connecticut State University and is named for Connecticut’s famous Charter Oak.
Charter Oak State College is one of 17 higher learning institutions that comprise Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU). It is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and functions under the degree-granting authority of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. Previously, the Board for State Academic Awards (BSAA), established in 1973, granted degrees through Charter Oak State College. In 2012, the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education replaced the BSAA as Charter Oak State College’s governing body.
Charter Oak has awarded over 15,000 degrees since its founding in 1973.