Thomas Edison State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (34)
Going to Thomas Edison State was the best decision that I could have made to complete my bachelor's degree at this point in my life. As a veteran of the Marine Corps and Navy, I had quite a few credits from training that would transfer in with no problem. I can honestly say that Thomas Edison is not for everyone. As a person who loves the online learning process and has a lot of experience from taking MOOCS, this format was a dream come true. Having this experience gave me the skills to be a self-motivated learner. Saying that, my mentors were all great and motivated us all with inspirational messages and very detailed critiques of our written assignments. If I had a question, I would typically get a response within a few hours. Not only were they available via email, every one of them posted their number with available times to contact them; I never felt alone or left to "figure it out on my own or else fail." It was a lot of work, essays almost every week, however using sites like degreeforum.com gave me the community I needed to stay motivated. Having thousands of people going through the same process as me who were also openly giving advice on how to be successful in every class was a huge plus. Because of them I used the PLA option, CLEP tests, and even Aleks and Saylor courses to graduate within 11 months with my bachelor's. I had no life, but those of us who are using VA benefits know that we have a time limit on our educational benefits. Graduating in 11 months allowed me to use the rest of my benefits from the VA to pay for graduate school at a California State University Master's degree program that I start in the fall. By the way, from reading the forums I understand that the large amounts of writing required from Thomas Edison State more than adequately prepares its graduates for Masters and Phd level programs. Again, the time commitment is huge, but doable if you keep at it and create a study schedule. Being that the courses are open from the beginning of the semester, I would do the work a few weeks in advance to give myself vacation or family time. This also motivated me because of grades being updated in realtime. This school is a godsend to computer savvy mellinials, military personnel or civilians who don't have the luxury of keeping a steady schedule, and anyone who travels on a regular basis. Before I forget, the staff was extremely helpful! Never did I send an email or call and not get a relevant reply. Typically, I would research the forums and the website to get an idea of what was possible before calling the school. To bring this review to a close, the education was great, the test out and PLA and ACE credit acceptance brought the price down exponentially, and the ability to work at my own pace allowed me to work at night and on weekends to graduate in 11 months and enter a great graduate degree program. I highly recommend Thomas Edison State University and am proud to be a graduate.
I am very surprised where did these positive reviews came from? Avoid this school if you can. There are many other schools that are very pleased to help and work with you, but not this one.Plus others accept free application and tuition is cheaper than this. You are on your own. If you decided to go here, then 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. 3.
To preface, let me get something off of my chest about some of the positive reviews of this school: why the condescension? (for example, "this is a school for grown-ups, go back to community college if you need the hand-holding.") How ironically immature of anyone who uses that language. That said, I will try to keep this review helpful. I found TESU was not for me for these reasons: -It's a catch-22. Yes, TESU is affordable and potentially fast for degree completion, but the coursework is self-guided, sometimes poorly coordinated, and condensed into 12 weeks. This makes for stressful amounts of work, even if the material is easy. Trust me on this one. Can one realistically perform well at a mid-level or moderately-stressful job AND maintain a TESU course load that allows one to finish in one year or less, with great grades and valuable rapport with mentors? Not unless you are indefatigable. You will miss more sleep than you would as a traditional undergraduate. Therefore, unless you have no more than 21 credits remaining (that's 2 courses per session, max, and that will keep you very busy), expect to buy a subsequent year here. -I don't have extensive work experience in a specialized career area to which I could apply my self-guided learning. Many courses at TESU assume most of their students are already well-established in a recognized field, so you'll have an edge if you have that. Also, make sure you know people in "the real world" and interact with them (at a job, etc.) if you attend TESU, because assignments regularly require you to reach out to the general public or other professionals (luckily, that wasn't a problem for me). -I am not a good standardized test-taker, regardless of hours spent studying. For those like me in this regard, prepare to receive grades that don't reflect your general level of intelligence. It can be frustrating for perfectionists. Most exams also require the highest level imaginable of memorization, seeing how they can cover literally anything found in a textbook of several hundred pages. -In every class, I came across multiple tedious assignments that just had no relevance to the real world and/or to a payoff in the overall course grade--much more so than I did at traditional university. It felt like a terrible, sometimes heartbreaking waste of time whenever I encountered those. These are not complaints, nor do these facts make me a weak, undisciplined, or immature person. Note that I selected "Yes", I would recommend this school. I would recommend it to those students with opposite circumstances of the above. However, I cannot pontificate about TESU from a positive perspective, because the school is simply not for me. If you think you can relate to me as a student type, I urge you to save your money and financial aid for a school at which you can really excel! TL;DR: You can finish fast, but you cannot finish FAST. You'll waste thousands of dollars if you try.
If you have a lot of credits from other institutions and you don't want to take the 60 credits most universities require you to take then TESU may be a viable option. Go elsewhere if you are just starting off. TESU is not flexible by any stretch of the imagination. If you're late on a discussion post you get a zero, which has a profound impact on your final grade. You can go on their website and look at a class syllabus, which I would recommend, because TESU is big on high stakes testing. Meaning that 50% of your final grade comes from your mid-term and final exam. Like others have posted, TESU lacks study guides in a lot of classes and the classes that do have them state that you are not guaranteed a passing grade by studying it. It actually says on the bottom of the study guide that you may not pass by knowing all the information on the study guide. I don't know why TESU claims that they are flexible. You sign up for a class, they have due dates which must be met, and that's it; there is no flexibility. Per credit hour is expensive for out-of-state tuition, which is everyone living outside of NJ. In fact, Purdue University is more affordable. And who is TESU? No employer knows who they are.
I obtained my Master's in Nursing Education from Thomas Edison. I already have over 25 years of Nursing experience under my belt. The school's own curriculum guidelines and syllabus expectations did not always match up with what was taught about Nursing Education guidelines. Some mentors were fair, some would change the requirements each week and the School of Nursing supported the mentors! Thomas Edison advertises as being a school geared towards the working family member, with flexible schedules. This is not the case. Many of the required readings are outdated and are difficult to find as a result. The school requests end of semester evaluations yet makes no changes based upon the critiques given. At a Master's level, I would think faculty would hold themselves to a much higher expectation than what I experienced here. Many of the students were so stressed trying to complete the program that personal, financial, social, emotional, and physical health was affected. Indeed I did learn from the program, but the expectations were unrealistic with the time frames given. I would recommend that one highly consider other options when looking into a Master's of Nursing Program. I also know a few students who are currently in the DNP program and are very unhappy as well. They have said the requirements change for papers the week that they are due and assignments are graded critically. I was told that one of the students already dropped out and only 13 remain. There are too many options out there, spend your time and money wisely. Education is a two way street, the school needs students and the students need the school.
I graduated from TESU in 2014. TESU is a military friendly school. They evaluated my military education and gave me credits for some military courses I had completed. The instructors were challenging and professional. The financial department was very knowledgeable with the military financial programs.
I find TESU challenging. This is not the school to play games and score an easy A, this is a school of hard work and dedication. The work load is heavy and the learning curve is steep. However, if you are dedicated, you will succeed. I am completing my BS/BA in Computer information systems, it is not easy but I know I am learning, so, I am happy. Best of luck to you.
Very disappointed in a couple of the classes I took here. Online students are generally non-traditional students, who have careers and families outside of the fact that they are going to school. No adjustments whatsoever for workload. I ended up with a C in one elective, even though I had 100's on all of my papers. I bombed the midterm and final because there was just too much information to try to retain, even though I studied my ass off. To me, I learned more writing the papers, and the tests did me absolutely no good. Also, if you know anything about teaching, you would know that students learn best in small increments......quizzes, papers, etc. Therefore, the midterm and final were a waste of time, and made my GPA suffer. I did my absolute best, and still bombed. Very frustrating. One of the classes I was required to take was an ethics class, which was a ridiculous waste of time and energy. The books were very hard to navigate, and were not up to date. Listening to audio lessons that were outdated put me to sleep. This university needs to adapt the curriculum for the non traditional student, and make the learning more relevant.
If you aren't an independent learner, then you will not like this institution. I loved it! It was not easy but I am happy that I stuck in there. I transferred from another institution with years of military experience. Tesu is generous with transfers but I still had to complete a lot of math and writing. I was discouraged when I failed my chem course but the mentor was very patient, however they will not hold your hand*. They really stand behind the "For adults" perspective. TESU is the perfect place for original thinkers. Of course we have to follow the guidelines but this institution allowed me to learn and think far beyond the simple run of the muck standards. This institution promulgates forward thinking. Most individuals who complain here, aren't independent thinkers or learners. If you're looking for a handout, then TESU shouldn't be your 1st option. The grading standards for math and writing is very hard, and this is coming from someone who has never failed a collegiate level writing course, with superior grades. However math is not my cup of tea, but as they say, "practice makes perfect." Before I even graduated I was offered a senior position at Oracle, after I had TESU on my resume. I am getting married and moving to Germany, so I turned it down. This plan was already in the works so I couldn't change my plans if I wanted to. Oracle doesn't offer senior positions to just anyone with anything on their resume. This institution stands behind their name. Big names wouldn't even look at my resume before TESU. As an adult we all have to work, so having a job already isn't an excuse for a complaint against this institution because Adults and leaders manage their time wisely or do not make a commitment based on faulty judgment.
First, I am an RN with 25 years experience and I completed my BSN at a state college in 1990. I have been in management for 7 years. I decided to pursue my MSN in administration to learn more and to hopefully be offered more opportunities in my future. It started off fine, manageable. I was learning things and I was sharing my experiences with my classmates online. Then something changed by the time practicums came around. These 2 practicums were THE most insulting things I have ever gone through. I had to log my experiences, but what was truly pathetic, was that I have had more experiences at my own job -but I couldn't use that! I work full time and have a family. I am a senior director and sometimes work until 6. We were required to spend 110 HOURS at the site- not my job-off site! You do the math and figure out that over 11 weeks that comes to 10 hours a week. So, after doing a REAL job - I'd go to another site and sit there 3 times a week from 7-10pm -THREE times a week! I learned noting and did ABSOLUTELY nothing of value for 6 months. My family didn't see me or eat normally. I was willing to sacrifice to get my MSN, BUT I LEARNED NOTHING! The books are old & the readings are dated! Each written assignment was only worth 10% because there are so many! Ridiculousness! So a 19 page literature review was only worth 10% of my grade. I could have not done it at all, taken a zero and still passed! If you are considering going for your MSN here- move right along, especially if you work full time and have at least 10 years experience. You will learn nothing new, do a lot of writing and spend hours and hours at another site TEACHING THEM things!