Thomas Edison College Essay

Thomas Edison State College

Review Averages: 6.6 out of 10 (105 reviews)
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Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey helps adult learners finish their degrees from anywhere in the world. Up to 120 transfer credits can be applied toward the college’s online associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs. Professional certificates in health and paralegal studies are also offered for online learning.

Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Non-Profit: Yes
Country: USA

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TESU is exactly what you make of it.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - September 1, 2017
I am currently an enrolled student who completed 10 courses in the BSBA program at TESU. TESU is exactly what you make of it; meaning that if you put in the effort to complete assignments on time, study, and are self-driven, you will do well. TESU utilizes Malcolm Knowles' andragogy theory of learning in administering its courses. Hence, individuals enrolled in TESU should understand what this teaching style means before enrolling. In traditional brick-and-mortar schools, generally, the teacher assumes more responsibility of what the students are expected to learn, and the knowledge the students take from the class (given the students are ambitious towards their education). At TESU, the student must assume full responsibility for acquiring the necessary knowledge to perform well. Mentors are available to answer any questions; however, they do tend to be somewhat vague and do not simply "give" you the answer you are looking for. The mentors do provide sufficient constructive criticism regarding each of your assignments. Some mentors are better than others at providing support, but overall, it is fairly consistent. I believe the grading system used is fair, perhaps lenient as well regarding late assignments. If you become overwhelmed with work/life/school responsibilities and can not keep up with your assignments, reach out to your professor, briefly explain the situation, provide a reasonable estimated time frame in which you will be able to submit your late assignments, and follow through with your promise. Even the toughest mentor I had (business law) granted me reasonable accommodations for finishing late work and did not penalize me for submitting work late. Some mentors take 5-10 points off on late assignments which is fair and acceptable. Truthfully, taking more than 2 classes in a term is extremely demanding. The amount of assignments per class ranges from approximately 12-20+ assignments, depending on the course. You will have many written assignments. For those that enjoy writing papers, this type of learning environment will be a breeze. Exams range from 1-3 proctored exams depending on the course. Personally, the exams have been the most challenging factor thus far. It is moderately difficult to effectively prepare for an exam. The study guides are vague, and require you to fully understand all material in the given chapters relative to the exam. It is not an easy task to understand what will be expected on the exam. The mentors do not know what questions are on the exams either. Unlike traditional schools where the professor tells you face-to-face what to study and what to know for the exam, at TESU, it seems to be more of a gamble which for me has constantly been a losing hand. I currently have a 3.3 GPA, and it is quite discouraging to see my perfect grades drop after an exam. For me, the proctored exams have been my kryptonite. Some classes are much easier than others using an online format. For instance, Ethics and the Business Professional was a fairly simple course to study for and complete. Quite the opposite situation for Macroeconomics. Macro would be better fit in a traditional style classroom environment where the teacher administers the lecture and thoroughly and carefully explains the content. At TESU, you must teach yourself the required content which can be a daunting challenging task for learning course content in technical classes whose textbooks are information dense and apply theories you are not currently familiar with. In this case, youtube will be your best friend. Overall, TESU is what you make of it. If you put in the effort to proficiently complete all of your assignments by the end of term date you will succeed. If you are a good test-taker, you will do even better. I am valuing the educational opportunity that TESU currently provides for me. I work 50+ hour weeks and TESU has enabled me to continue my education. Although the exams are tough, the written assignments allow you to think critically, and analytically about the course content. I have also significantly increased my ability to effectively prepare word documents, powerpoint, and excel spreadsheets by attending TESU because of the applicable usage in each course. Microsoft Office competency is considered valuable by many employers. To conclude, I would recommend TESU if you are an individual capable of being self-taught, self-disciplined, ambitious, and dedicated to continue your educational success. These individuals will be able to take something extra out of each course. However, as another commenter stated below me, don't expect an academic nirvana, but I will restate, take what you can get and make of it what you will. If you are good at what you do, 5 years from now nobody will care about your degree.

BA-Liberal Arts
BA Liberal Arts - August 16, 2017
Retired Army, I learned two languages at the Defense Language Institute while in the Army. This and many other training opportunities through my career translated into ALMOST a Bachelor's degree, after I did my transfer credit evaluation this University stood out over American Military University, Phoenix University, and others with who would get me closest to a BA. I was pleased to hear all I had left to do was Seven classes, that's right folks, 21 semester hours away from my BA. I finished my last classes on 23 July 2017 with my overall GPA of 3.57 our of 4.0 (That's "Cum Laude" Baby!). Helpful hint, buy your books used and one edition previous to save a TON of money.

Liberal Studies
BA in Social Sciences/History - August 14, 2017
Hello: I am writing this review for adults who really need a "fast-track degree" and nothing more. TESC serves its purpose, but its main function is to serve as a sanctioned "diploma mill" really. I mean, you "do" get your regionally accredited degree in a hurry, if that is what you want -- just to "have your degree" for job prospects, by all means do it. That is what it is there for. Nothing else. Don't expect academic nirvana, b/c you won't get it. You will get a fast-track "regionally accredited degree" because they do accept a plethora of credits toward degree completion. So, depending on your goals, weigh your options. They are fast, regionally-accredited, and "serve the purpose of a Bachelor's degree". Don't expect anything special either in staff help or academic particulars. They are marginally functional and the courses marginally acceptable for accreditation. But, again, it "works". So just treat them as a step above a diploma mill that legitimizes your education and you will be fine. They are in it solely for the money and nothing more, but again, it does "work" for fast-track degree.

Natural science/mathematics - June 19, 2017
I am an Army soldier who attended Thomas Edison State College between 2010-2015 before they called the FBI on me and expelled me from the school in my senior year with 118 credits earned, for making the following statement saying: “I had a list of names of the people who I was going to see, I know where all of their offices are, they won’t see me but I’ll see them when I come up to the school” I made this statement after several of my phone calls went either unanswered, constantly transferred or flat out ignored. Thomas Edison State College exploited this harmless statement to hide its incompetence, bias, and unprofessional behavior which would jeopardize its reputation pursuant to seeking University status and further renewal of its accreditation. Needless to say, the FBI found no cause to investigate me for making this statement and immediately closed the investigation with their apologies. My papers and assignments regularly went ungraded at the end of semesters. This prevented me from registering for the following classes in a timely manner because financial aid is disbursed depending on the overall GPA. Meaning they have to have to wait for all of the grades to be turned in before releasing Financial Aid. Thomas Edison State College uses a tracking system to grade students. Your not graded on how your performing at the current time. The instructors look at your grades on how you’ve performed on average in your other classes and draw there assessments on that. Obviously Improvement is rare and hard to obtain. Thomas Edison State College does not publish its graduation and retention rates on FASA.GOV.((Red Flag!)) –All schools do! Thomas Edison State College charges a $3,000 enrollment fee each semester that is not put towards tuition or school materials. (-Swindlers) No other school does that! And they’re a “State School.” Which means a great deal of there funding come from the state. Mentors frequently would not post an assignment or question(s) they want answered and then adversely grade me on it! Consistent and repetitive Contradictions between what the syllabus outlines and what the instructor asks for. For years I took 100 200& 300 level classes at Thomas Edison State College that often directly contradicted the information taught in each succeeding class. This resulted in poor grade performance and submitting an above average number of academic appeals that often went unresolved or not ruled in my favor despite screen shots and hard written evidence of this outrageous contradictory activity. They took my money and ran! The phone numbers of senior leadership members was not posted to Thomas Edison’s website until after my expulsion.

It will take forever to graduate! They do not accpet that many credits.
BA in Computer Science - January 25, 2017
I am very surprised where did these positive reviews came from? cheaper than this. Let me tell you my experience : 1.Departments don't really solve your issues if you complain they gang up against you sort of thing. 2.Trust me, they will find million reasons about not accepting your transfer courses. They are picky. Do not expect magic and graduating conveniently and in a short time! 3. Courses are very hard. There are tons of papers each week. So you need to expect typing nuisance stuff every week. If you miss exam or midterm then you fail your course, because 25 % for midterm and 30% for final.

Very poor quality mentors - Almost a Degree Mill - Got B without doing any work.
Management - December 27, 2016
I've attending Thomas Edison University for over a year, overall, you really do not need to do much work to pass a class. I suspected that my mentors were not actually reading any of my papers so to test my assumption I posted a paper containing a single period, nothing in the paper but 1 period. The Mentor gave me an 80 on the paper. What does this tell us, well, they obviously do not even read the papers. So, are they accredited, yes, will you learn anything, possibly - more likely not. Is the degree from Thomas Edison worth anything? no more than any other For Profit school. So, after a year of Bad communication, poor oversight, conflicting information and very poor academic support I am transferring to another university. My fear is that if the poor quality of their online programs gets out, they may loose accreditation making any degree worthless. Unless you have no alternative, I strongly recommend you attend another school, why take the risk with your future. Best Of Luck

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
BSN/MSN - November 10, 2016
TESU has been a horrible experience in pursuing my BSN. The only reason I even gave TESU a chance was because of the affiliation it had with my nursing school. The staff here was very rude and not helpful. First semester was 15 weeks which looking back was ridiculous when there are better programs such as Grand Canyon or Wilmington U that offers courses that are much more centered around the adult student based in 5-7 week blocks. For the first semester I was able to get through and obtain two A's in both my courses. Therefore it is not that I am looking for the easy way out or that I am not accustomed to working for my grade. The second semester of the 15 week courses at TESU required 7 papers/posts (between both classes) a week and a 9-11 page paper every third week for EACH class. Being a new nurse I felt overwhelmed taking two courses with this workload. 2 1/2 weeks into the semester I called and spoke with several departments as I was transferred multiple times when asked to speak to an advisor about what my options were. When I reached the correct department I was told no outside calls can be transferred to the nursing advisement department and I would need to make an appointment. I asked it there was anything else I could do because as stated by the bursar office I had already exceeded the time to withdraw with any refund. I stated that my concern wasn't the cost I want to keep my GPA up and not fail my courses, I simply just needed advise. They did allow me to speak to an advisor (not my assigned advisor) and I was ok with that and her response was, "well you either withdraw or you don't." I wish I wrote down her name but I didn't as I was just trying to get to some resolution. They said you need to speak to the bursar office to make sure what money you will owe. I repeated I understand that I will need to pay out of pocket as my financial aid will not cover the costs it will be around 2700.00 that isn't a problem I will pay the balance but I need to know how to I proceed. Have students had issues taking these two courses together? Do I have the option to take one course at a time? No one in advisement could help and I felt lost as to what I could do. So I contacted the bursar office as directed and spoke with someone and she was NASTY! For he sake of this context I will leave out her rude attitude, condescending remarks and just stick to the actions that happened. I called asking what are my options as far as withdrawing from a course and she said if withdraw then you will owe the 2700.00 balance. I stated that I understand that and inquired what else could I do as far as going forward. She stated that I would need to speak to the advisor about that. I stated ok and asked what is the process of how to withdraw for a course. I then followed the instructions and withdrew from the course. As now I'm thinking ok now I can speak to an advisor and try to get this whole thing straightened out and figure out how to proceed. No, I was so wrong. I was cut off from everything immediately. As of that day it was in the system that I had a "past due" balance of 2700.00 and had no access to my online student account, no access to advisors and no access to any guidance. I emailed my advisor directly at this point trying to bypass the phone system and she stated that she had never heard of such a thing. About 30 mins later she emailed me back and stated that [name removed] had put a hold on my account and that all access is cut off until my balance is paid. Once again I didn't have a problem paying the balance per say but it was the way they went about everything. I called and spoke to the manager in the bursar office and stated how nasty [name removed] was being and asked why students are not informed that if they withdraw from a course they are cut off from the university? His response was its not my job or her job to inform you of that my suggestion to you would be to pay the bill then you can get your questions answered. I understand that universities are out here just to take your money but if a student is actively seeking help, then help. Don't turn them away and then state that you have an "outstanding" bill that just generated the same day. Not to mention the semester was not even 3 weeks in although I had no problem complying to pay I still was informed that I had the option to pay until the next semester and that obviously wasn't true either. Lastly I asked if I could set up a payment plan and [name removed] stated, "you can pay what ever you want but you won't have access to anything until your balance is paid." I then asked how will I know what courses to not take to together or even evaluate which way I should go forward and the response was, "Pay your balance and you will find out." Please do not go here, go to a school that cares about their students and willing to give you the guidance and support needed. Thomas Edison University is NOT geared toward the adult student and does NOT value their students.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Thankful to have found TESU (TESC)!
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - July 27, 2016
I heard of TESU (TESC) back in 2007 on a degree forum. Several people were talking about it because they were able to transfer a lot of credits from different sources. This got me curious as I was a senior at my university at the time. After making a quick phone call, I found out that I only needed to take two more classes to graduate. I was elated to hear the news! I quickly processed an application and sent in my transcripts. The counselor that I had spoke with was very helpful. I took the following courses: Managerial Communications and Business Policy. The classes were fast paced, moderately difficult, interesting, and a bit time consuming. We had to write a ton of papers! If I remember correctly, it was a 4 page paper each week. There is a lot to do as well. We have classroom discussions to participate in and give feedback to our peers. I never had to do that before but it was okay. Overall, I am happy that I graduated from TESU (TESC) because it made me a better student. I was more prepared going into my MBA program as opposed to what I was doing at my former university which was more test based.

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Just finished BSBA/Accounting
BSBA - June 20, 2016
I recommend TESU. I've been a student off and on for about five years. Just finished my last course yesterday for my BSBA in Accounting. TESU is a regionally accredited, non-profit school that caters to working adults who have some prior college level learning. It is a state school, just like other state schools. You've heard of Ohio State University, right? This is Thomas Edison STATE University. There were a few hiccoughs during the past five years, but I have no regrets about the choice to graduate from TESU. Given that I work full time, it just did not make sense for me to go to a brick-and-mortar school for a bachelors. The administration is good about responding to emails in a timely way, but I suggest only asking one question at a time. Also, if you are asking a question about your academic evaluation, and you do not want your academic eval changed, be sure to mention that in the email. Several times they changed my academic eval when I was only posing a hypothetical question. Go to to learn more. There is a ton of wisdom there.

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
so rude
BSN/MSN - June 16, 2016
I called to get information about the rn to bsn. I finished my rn program waiting to sit for the boards. but I know I want to continue my education so I called to ask about the program. Spoke with a Jackie from admissions. she was rude. I told her my situation and she keep saying" you have to have a rn for this program before I can speak to an advisor" .I understood that. I just wanted some information about the program and it was like pulling teeth for her to give me anything. I wont be going there.....

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Undergraduate Admissions

Thomas Edison State University was created for and serves self-directed adult students by offering the opportunity for qualified persons to earn college degrees and credits. The U.S. Department of Education defines the adult learner, in part, as anyone “engaged in some form of instruction or educational activity to acquire the knowledge, information, and skills necessary to succeed in the workforce, learn basic skills, earn credentials, or otherwise enrich their lives.”

A significant portion of adult learners will often exhibit one or more of these seven characteristics:

  • have delayed enrollment into postsecondary education
  • attend part time
  • be financially independent of parents
  • work full time while enrolled
  • have dependents other than a spouse
  • be a single parent
  • lack a standard high school diploma

Thomas Edison State University is committed to assisting self-directed adult students achieve their educational goals. Those students best served by this institution are strongly motivated adult learners who have, though not exclusively, acquired or are acquiring college-level learning in non-collegiate settings.

We are pleased that you are applying to the University for an associate or bachelor’s degree program. We welcome community and county college students. We value your experience and applaud your decision to continue your studies.

You are eligible to become an undergraduate student at Thomas Edison State University if you are:

An adult 21 years of age or older (unless you are participating in a special college program) and a high school graduate, or have successfully passed a General Educational Development (GED) test.

Individuals not meeting this criteria, but who feel they warrant special consideration for other reasons may petition the director of Admissions and Enrollment Services and present appropriate documentation to support their being accepted to the University. Students admitted through special consideration are subject to the same academic policies and requirements as those admitted unconditionally.

If you are applying for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, you must have:

  • A registered nurse license valid in the United States, as well. More about applying to the online nursing program.

You do not need to take the SAT or ACT. However, international students whose country of origin is not English-speaking must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Learn more about applying as an international student.

You do not need to worry about application deadlines either. The University offers 12 terms during the year.

Congratulations on the decision to apply!
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