Thomas Edison State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (31)
To preface, I already had a Bachelors from a more traditional school, I took some courses to prepare for a MS program. I paid the $5500 to take 36 credits over a year, I ended up taking 8 classes. It was pretty up and down. I had some good professors who would respond within a day or so, I had some who never responded to a single email. I had a couple classes where it was obvious that the professor never checked the homework and just gave you an A if you submitted anything. No video lessons or office hours so you are really teaching yourself everything and paying for a syllabus and credit. My biggest problem was with a class where I submitted an assignment and the professor claimed that it was never received. This was a professor who is no longer working there but on the first day of class he said that he liked teaching online classes because he liked failing people from multiple states. I also had problems with the online tests in that they were very poorly made and during math exams some of the non-alphanumeric characters came out all distorted or out of place. I asked the online proctor to make a note of it and they said they did but when I questioned it they said that they lost the screenshot of my problem. I didn't do well on the exam because I missed a good 20% of it due to those issues and the dean's office was extremely hostile and refused to review the situation anymore. They said it was my fault for not having up-to-date Java (which I updated right before because you are prompted to before the exam). Despite all this, I was able to get into my target graduate program and it was relatively affordable. I however can't recommend this to people getting their first degree. Many employers don't take online colleges seriously and this isn't a very good school. Perhaps if you are in the military and want to knock out some prereqs.
I did the Bachelor's to Master's course and completed both my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and my Masters of Science in Human Resource Management. The course work was appropriate for adult students who are serious about achieving their educational goals. Mentors will not hold your hands, just like professors at four year institutions I attended did not hold your hand. I can see this being a bit of a shock if it is a persons initial college experience, or for someone who has attended a community college first (as I did). When I went to another state four-year institution I did feel that the workload and expectations were different than my experiences at community college. I truly believe that without TESU's program I would likely never have completed the BA I started so many years ago; and I am certain a Master's degree would not have been a thought. That said, my family did sacrifice time with me when I had assignments due and more than once, when on vacation, I slipped away to study and turn in assignments. You will have to work at it. This is not a degree mill just sending you a diploma because you paid for tuition. You must be prepared to hunker down, read the texts assigned, participate in the online discussion forums, interact with your mentors and turn in your assignments on time. In the end, I received a degree with tons of practical knowledge of the industry that I could immediately put to use at work and which enabled me to sit for the exams to achieve two professional certificates which are highly recognized in the field. If the education was not up to standard, I would not have been able to pass the professional exams. This is a great school for self-motivated learners who can set a goal and not be distracted from it.
The Technical Studies program at Thomas Edison State College was exceptional. I was able to transfer all of my prior engineering courses and complete my degree requirements in a year without debt. While continuing employment and being a student is challenging, I'm glad I chose to continue my education and complete a lifelong goal. The applied science degree will open doors for future career opportunities and graduate studies. This school is growing in size and reputation, keep it up TESC!
Thomas Edison State College has better equipped me to pursue employment and future educational opportunities. Without my B.S. degree, many technical / engineering positions would be difficult to obtain. Never was I disappointed with the quality of education received from this institution, my professors / mentors were professional with real world "career" experience and a network base which enhanced employment opportunities. The school is currently seeking university status due to program growth, however the cost to attend is still lower than many universities and colleges. Paying off student loans at a faster rate works for me, especially when educational quality is not sacrificed.
I have no idea what everyone is complaining about. Just do the work, on time, and you really won't have a problem. I think most people expect on-line school to be easier, but it's really not. It's harder, everything is on you. Of course getting a Masters degree is harder then getting a BSN- Seriously with that comment? TESC has helped me immensely, they offer course extensions if your having an issue - you just can't fill it out the last day of class. Common sense here people. NO SCHOOL WILL ACCEPT A COURSE EXTENSION ON THE LAST DAY. Seriously, TESC is an okay school, they won't hold your hand. Cause you're an adult. They tell you what you need to do. so you do it. If you want someone to hold your hand, and tell what to do/how to do it, you probably shouldn't be trying to get a bachelors/masters.
I attended TESC for my BSN in nursing and I was pretty pleased. I returned 2 years later to pursue my MSN in Nursing Education. The courses were ridiculous for anyone who works full time and has a family. There was no way to complete all of the assignments they expected. I am a very good student and I enjoy school, but this just did not work for me at all. A very close friend of mine is going there for her BSN in nursing and her mentor doesn't grade any of her assignments. So how do you know how you are doing in the course? I dropped my courses 5 weeks in with not a single word from anyone at the school-and I am alumni. I was extremely disappointed.
This college is AWFUL!!! I paid for, and got all of my credits for my BA, but they will not give me my degree because they want another almost $800.00 for a re-enrollment fee and graduation fees. I have no interest in graduation ceremonies and why would I have to pay to re-enroll when I am not taking any more classes? This place will nickel and dime you at every turn. Their counseling is terrible... and more than confusing and this is what creates the problems, which leads to them throwing around "policies" where it always costs something (and it is NEVER just a few bucks). They even charge for transcripts! I wouldn't have a problem paying for some sort of graduation fee, but a re-enrollment fee? Are you kidding me? I was expecting to get out of my degree with less then $8,000 worth of loans, but because of their "policies" I am now faced with a $20,000.00 bill!!! They do NOTHING to help, and you are just an email to them. Please pick ANY other institution then this one! I am trying to save you now...There are tons of on-line schools and most local colleges now offer on-line classes. Go somewhere that you can walk in and meet with counselors and they actually care about their students, THIS IS NOT THAT PLACE!!
This school is a complete and total joke. The courses themselves are good... but the administration is incompetent. If you have a problem, they'll solve it, but not until giving you the run around until dealing with technical problems and AWOL mentors detracts entirely from the learning process.
Read all the negative reviews with a grain of salt. There are A LOT of lazy people that are attracted to online schools. TESC is no different. My experience has been good, it's like any other online school. You have to put in the time to learn the subject - it doesn't just come naturally. If it did, then everyone would have a degree. TESC really will help you, they're there to help you succeed. You getting a degree helps them look better. Sometimes there are bad instructors, it happens at every school. I had one who just blatantly told me to google the problems, then failed me for not doing it the way he wanted. So I filed a complaint and got a full "credit" (meaning I was able to re-take the class without paying) Sometimes there are great instructors, who will hold your hand and guide you through everything. The work is on you though. For the subjects I have trouble with (anything Math) I use online videos to help, iTunes U has a lot, your YouTube.
As an adult learner, I enjoyed my experience at Thomas Edison State College. I was able to transfer in 60 credits towards my Bachelor's degree. I started my first TESC course in Jan 2014, and completed my last course in July 2015. The first year, I used the Comprehensive Tuition Plan and took 39 credits, staggering my courses so that my courseload was varied. I was able to apply for Sept 2015 graduation and have since graduated. Some classes were more difficult than others, some mentors were more attentive than others. I feel that this would probably be consistent with ANY distance-learning program. Any issues, clarification, questions, etc I ever had, I was able to call the LSC and get quality customer service. IF they couldn't assist me, they transferred me accordingly. One time, I was even given a call back from one of the deans. I think TESC is a fine school and definitely worth taking a look at if you need to balance school, work, life. My only complaint would be for them to offer more financial aid options (more scholarships, grants, etc.) and a payment plan of some sort. I was able to qualify for the $250 ABC scholarship but that was a one time deal so it didn't cover more than the cost of a textbook. One other thing...I live in a surrounding town close to TESC. While looking for jobs, I noticed that TESC has a very low turnover with their employees. Their pay is competitive because they are a state college and they have great benefits. I do believe that this is representative of a good school from the top down.