Thomas Edison State University Reviews

  • 83 Reviews
  • Trenton (NJ)
  • Annual Tuition: $9,967
70% of 83 students said this degree improved their career prospects
61% of 83 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Jennifer
  • Reviewed: 4/15/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"I have my AA from community college and wanted to finished by BA with the intention of moving on to grad school when my kids were older. I am now concerned that I won't get accepted with a "degree" from a bs school like this. The mentors, when they do bother interacting, have no input as to the syllabus, course content, or tests. Many of them aren't even the ones who grade the tests. They are not, by school policy, allowed to assign extra credit, which is unfortunate, because good luck passing any of the midterms. The study guides, when they exist, do not reflect the questions on the test. The assignments are mostly "busy work", some of them remind me of the assignments my 8th grade daughter is doing. I have 2 children, one of whom is about to go to college herself, and I thought this would be a good fit for me, as it was affordable and offered flexibility for my schedule. Unfortunately, in this case, "you get what you pay for" doesn't cut it, because even at it's relatively low cost, this place is a ripoff. As I frequently drive through Trenton, however, I can't help but notice all the new "school" buildings they've been putting up- for what?! To my knowledge there are no in-person classes, and they wouldn't even allow me to take my tests on campus, citing Covid restrictions. Instead they make you use a proctoring service that essentially requires you to download spyware on your computer while a stranger watches you take your exam through your webcam. I don't even want to know what the salaries of the "administration" of the school look like. I wish I could say better things about this place, let's just say I'm not going to be bragging about my graduation this summer. This school may work for some people- if you really just want the piece of paper and don't care if you learn anything and have a high tolerance for ineptitude, go for it. If you're looking to deepen your knowledge, or move on to another level of education, I'd say save your money and stay away."
rose
  • Reviewed: 1/15/2021
  • Degree: Engineering
"TESU is fine, leaning towards bad. When you take a Midterm/Final, you can't even see your results when you submit your exam. You can see your grade in the grade book, but you can't see how you answered or the correct answers. Also, the proctoring service required to take an exam makes you download spyware onto your computer. Additionally, the professor for a given course has no influence in creating the syllabus or assignments. They can't view any of the exams, so they can't answer any questions about exam questions. I change my mind, TESU is a bad college which is only getting worse since they accept less transfer credits now- the only reason to go there."
Lee J
  • Reviewed: 11/5/2020
  • Degree: Computer and Information Science
"TESU is a good school where you can earn a degree quickly if you are self-disciplined and motivated. Designed for the working adults or those with competing priorities. You can test out of many of the courses you already know and the school has a generous credit transfer program. The course work is intense but very doable. I would recommend this school to anyone."
Jaime Quinones
  • Reviewed: 10/28/2020
  • Degree: Engineering
"Great educational environment. Excellent academic institution. Pro Veterans, assisting with tuition and educational resources both online and hybrid coursework. Proactive professors with years of knowledge in their fields, providing great education. Thank you very much."
Residency Requirement Fee
  • Reviewed: 10/1/2020
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"I enrolled at this college to complete the last 15 credits of my bachelors. The school itself was fine, I was only there because I needed my bachelors degree to practice my trade (completed at a different school) in New Jersey. I was not informed until after I completed 15 credits, and only received an E-mail after it was too late to sign up for more classes, that if you do not sign up for 16 credits minimum there is a residency requirement fee in which you have to pay $3,000 if you use less than 16 credits from Thomas Edison. Not only was the person who I called to discuss the fee with extremely rude, the counselor who had helped me with the admissions process claimed she usually tells people about this but must have forgotten to mention it to me. The only way I would have known about this fee is if I read the hundreds of pages of course catalog, and even then I would have had to narrow in on one small paragraph which discusses the residency requirement fee. I wanted to write this review in case anyone else has a similar experience. If I had known about the fee I would have taken the one extra credit and saved myself thousands of dollars."
Mark
  • Reviewed: 3/11/2020
  • Degree: Accounting
"First off, tuition itself is way too high. The "college" is a waste of time AND money------and in the end, you wlll have a tough time getting a job, No employer will hire a graduate from a diploma mill as Thomas EDison, already top heavy with administration that fires its mentors on whim with the aid of a fake assistant dean who cares more about her salary than students OR mentors. Nor does she understand that her position doesn't hold a candle to a dean's position at Penn State or NYU for that matter. If your grades are average, you'll more likely to be accepted at Thomas Edison than NYU or PennState. Mentors are frequently assigned to students who want, but canlt earn A;s"
KS
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2020
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"TESU accepted my previous credits and allowed me to test out of a number of classes. The classes that I took online were interesting and I felt like I learned a lot. The professors were always willing to provide guidance and were readily available. I would highly recommend TESU."
Sunshine93
  • Reviewed: 2/25/2020
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Now that I am done with my program, I can give an honest review. Just like others stated, if your just looking for an accredited degree to put on your resume then this is the way to go. I was going to get both my Associates and Bachelors, but I don’t think I can last another two years. Thankfully, TESU is accredited, and recognized by others colleges in NJ, so my Associates was accepted at Rutgers University and I will be finishing my bachelors with them 100% online as well. PRO:I like that a new semester start every month, so it makes it Quicker to finish the program . CON: you only get a week off before you start another semester. For me, that is not enough time . You will get burnt out quickly and I end up taking a few months off because I need time off so get a mental break. PRO:A lot of the mentors are VERY flexible with the late policy. I’ve submitted papers 1-2 weeks late with no penalties, long as I communicated beforehand. CON: Some of these mentors TAKE FOREVER to grade assignments. I mean how am I suppose to correct any problems I have, if I don’t the first one back until assignment 4. CON: Also, the content was extremely boring. Unless your a humanities major , the general education classes can be BORING and not interesting. I prefer projects over writing a paper every week. Which literally, it seems all the class are just papers and discussion forums. They just started adding PowerPoints which I throughly enjoyed because I’m the creative type. CON:They need to get rid of ProctorU, the worse proctoring service ever. I’m not comfortable with a live person staring at me, and it takes them FOREVER to set up. If your test is at 10:00am don’t expect to start until 10:30. Half the representatives don’t speak English well so be VERY PATIENT. CON: The study guides for the exams are horrible. Very Proud so your not sure what to focus on. Some instances, there were questions on the test that I didn’t recall even being in the study guide. Basically, you’ll have to memorize the entire book to pass :/"
John
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2019
  • Degree: History
"Not a great university. I had been to several colleges before Thomas Edison. The only things I liked about the school were the cost, the number of credits that could be transferred in and the fact that new classes begin every month. The quality of instruction was poor; my professors did not explain assignments even when asked and rarely provided feedback. The classes were brutal (expect lots of “busy” work). The college also does not have a career center to advise students when they graduate. I had a mental health disability while attending Thomas Edison, and had to petition the disability office to accommodate me. I did not feel like I learned anything at Thomas Edison that I could not read in a book. In my opinion, this college is a degree mill and should be treated as such. If you want to actually learn from your class materials and teachers and be in an engaging classroom, I highly recommend you go somewhere else. If you want a fast degree and don’t really care about education, this is the place for you."
Ian S
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2019
  • Degree: Communications
"The perfect blend of independent study, challenging courses, and seasoned professors and mentors that navigate you to favorable outcomes! If you’re willing and able to invest the time, hard work, and dedication, you will champion the effort and triumph with success."
Harold
  • Reviewed: 11/21/2019
  • Degree: Aviation
"This school was very military friendly and easy to navigate the portal, the coursework was challenging but didn’t provide a heavy load and worked well with my work schedule. I would highly recommend this school to anyone seeking a degree in any field. Most of my colleagues agree."
Steven Hensley
  • Reviewed: 10/16/2019
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"Previously, I had attended two other state schools and the curriculum kept changing. Very frustrating. The TESU advisor lined up the classes, I completed them, and that was that. The instruction was solid and substantive. My schedule included a lot of travel and TESU was able to accommodate that. Even to the point of having tests proctored in the libraries of other state universities. If you want a degree and are willing to work for it, TESU is the school."
Casey
  • Reviewed: 7/31/2019
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"TESU is a great school. Now that the EET program is ABET accredited it allows most individuals to apply for their EIT after taking the FE. This will help you with the certification of becoming a professional engineer. This is a regionally accredited university that is non-profit."
F. Cruz
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2019
  • Degree: Business
"I dont know how the other reviews thought so poorly about the school. I found the staff very helpful and friendly. The professors were great for the most part. Being in the military the school was accommodating to my schedule. Ive learned a lot and am satisfied with the education Ive received. I definitely recommend if youre good at online education and have self discipline."
Ryan from Olympia
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2019
"It was a great experience. I have attended brick and mortar colleges most of my life. I always had support and encouragement. The professors were great and Ive read that the college is not so responsive. The college was easy for me because Im a self starter."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"I am glad to have found Thomas Edison State University. I work full-time and was able to earn my BS in Technical Studies. I have earned military education credits and additional credits from community college that were both accepted. I am glad to have found a school that accepts and appreciates the hard work of our military personnel. I have learned a lot during my time here at TESU and would recommend to anyone looking to further their education by earning their Bachelors Degree. Classes were easy to access and the instructors were always there to assist in anything I needed. The exams were taken through a proctored service and they had individuals who were dedicated and professional. I have come away with a better understanding of the technical information prescribed during the course study and look forward to putting what I have learned to work."
Academic
  • Reviewed: 4/21/2019
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Great professors, course content, interactions which lead to a solid foundation that anyone can and will greatly benefit from. TECU will definitely make the short list for adult learners. Additionally, the content will enable a person to get a solid understanding of key business subjects like managerial communications, statistics, strategic management, ethical business practices, and writing skills. There is also the technical aspect of learning about software engineering, a programming language or two, and the application of computer information systems in real world business scenarios."
Bryan Averill
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2019
  • Degree: Aviation
"Edison State is a school for adults who are self-directed, or who have credits from other schools, and who are willing to put in the work and time to finish their degrees. Being self-directed is very critical. I really liked the online courses and instructors. I was grateful for all of the different ways to earn credit and did most, if not all, of them. I was able to move up in my career because of the bachelors I earned at TESC."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 3/15/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"While extremely convenient and flexible, which is perfect for working adults or parents, the education is sub par and not much information is acquired. The teachers were hard to contact and even when contacted, some of them were super hard to deal with and were unwilling to actually teach us what to do/learn the material. Definitely recommend for undergrad, but definitely do NOT recommend for graduate school."
Rodriguez
  • Reviewed: 2/27/2019
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"I am due to graduate this year 2019, however I do not think it will happen. I am a military member and at first I loved taking online courses at TESU but everything changed when I started taking my last course in order to graduate. The oh-my-God-why-do-I-have-to do-this Capstone course. I am in my 40's and trust me that if I really wanted to do a thesis I would take a course that required one. I know some people and professors say that it is the best way for them to see that you have learned but I disagree. I have never done a "capstone, "thesis", "mini-thesis" or whatever they want to call it. I have a career and I believe that requiring a capstone in adults in order to get your degree is crazy and senseless. I need to prove nothing, I have a career and I just wanted to finish a degree in Liberal Arts. I am not getting a degree for a career or to get more money or a promotion. I just wanted to be able to get one. Lets just say so far the help I have been getting is almost non-existent. "read the syllabus", is what they recommend. So even as I have never done a paper like that they offer no samples, no help, even less support than a full emergency room on the 4th of July. I would recommend adults, especially those with a career to find another school or even better a school that does not require a capstone and instead appreciates the fact that you already have a career and decades of experience that a thesis/capstone will not really help with."