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TESU is primarily a distance education college with a brick-and-mortar location that includes a nursing school. They cater to active military and busy adults. I enrolled while incarcerated mainly because of their prison-friendly degree program...there is no internet connection required and tests are available in paper format using an approved proctor. The staff and administration are accomodating to individuals' circumstances within reason, and it is not difficult to transfer most credits from regionally accredited institutions. There is a credit-by-exam program that helped me finish my AA fairly quickly. A few times I felt like I was getting the run-around, and different departments were not always on the same page, but with patience all the various minor issues were ironed out. I was close to finishing my BSBA upon release from incarceration so I decided to stick with this college. Setting up financial aid was not difficult, although I wish I qualified for more grants. Reply times have really improved probably as a response to all the bad reviews regarding this past issue. All in all a decent school. To succeed one needs to be self-driven to complete assignments on time and whatnot. TESU has a credit banking system, a couple different course formats, and flexibility for adults pursuing a degree at their own pace. Slightly costly for out-of-state students compared to other distance education schools, but after using their credit-by-exam options it was definitely a good value for me. It may not be as much so nowadays as they no longer accept test-out credits to satisfy their residency requirements for newer students. All together a decent school that I had an overall good experience with.
I highly recommend the TESU experience. I struggled with education throughout my life because I am 65% deaf (one dead ear, the other with damage due to childhood disease). Though I attended classes in everything from community college, to traditional four year, with a couple courses at an Ivy, it was TESU, its advisors, instructors and support staff that made my education worthwhile. I uncovered talents and capabilities for which I had not been aware. I graduated with honors! (And some of the course - especially the 6-credit specialties - were tough (to say the least). Certainly, if you have hearing impairment (which - like me - made traditional classroom courses VERY frustrating), then TESU is a most logical, and best, solution. Yes. There are frustrations from time to time, but nothing like I've read in the low-star reviews. My advisor was nearly always available (we even had lunch). My professors were nearly always willing to help, especially if you treat your degree as an education, and not just a necessary piece of paper. Most exciting was that professors taught at prestigious colleges and universities across the country, and students were living around the world while attending classes! So the experience was eclectic and global. But no matter your situation, if you're serious about learning, go for it!!
Do not go here, the academic advisors lie about their appeal/grievance process, and when you do appeal any decision it goes back to the first person who turned it down to start with. Corrupt, deceptive, and against the ethical statement of their accrediting agency! They try to force you to take courses there to raise their income when you are almost finished with your degree, even if you need a course from elsewhere. Corrupt! Dishonest!
Flexible, supportive and innovative are the words that come to mind when thinking about TESU. If you have life experience or credits from another school that you haven't been able to consolidate into a degree. I was able to complete my degree at TESU completely online with amazing professors. It was well worth the time and if they offered a MSW I would be a student there now. If I could give TESU more than 5 stars I would.
I agree with an earlier review that stated if you just want a degree on your resume, this would be a good place to go. As long as you don't mind not having a mentor that truly cares about your grades and understanding of the material. I have had homework graded correct when I know for a fact it was incorrect, confusing explanations when I asked a question about material I didn't understand, and schedules from the mentors that only give you a window of opportunity to contact them when it is convenient for them but not at all convenient for you. Since adults attend this college while most of them are working, the mentors should have somewhat flexible schedules for the students to contact them. There is virtually no help avaiable for their online courses. You are on your own. And believe me, I did try everything outside of the school to succeed. But, again, working full time, I do have time constraints. I was not happy either once I looked again at their curriculum. 60 credits of general coursework is ridiculous to me at this stage in my life. I'm not 20. On the plus side, they did accept most of my credits from my associates degree although they wouldn't accept federal taxation and I was never given a decent explanation why.
I am a current student of TESU. I am 3/4 the way to my BA in Environmental Studies. My experiences with this school have been for the most part positive. I am a veteran and their liaison office was very helpful in getting my credits transferred and helping me get started. I have had mentors that were great and very engaged. I have also had mentors that wouldn't respond to emails and had little to no interaction with the class. Mentoring online or non-traditional classes is a part time job that professors at traditional schools use to supplement income. The flexibility was a major draw for me and it has worked out well. If you can handle working mostly independent, then you will succeed. I will agree that the midterm and final exams need to be revised. I have had relevant testing and I have had tests where I don't even remember the information being asked. All in all it works for me and I will continue until I finish my BA. I am even considering a MA degree, but that will have to wait until I am done.
Current online student. Not bad but some definite problems. The administration, as far as the school administration, is very helpful and easy to reach. The basic functioning of the university is done well, but there are some real problems with the classes. This may be due to this being my first online learning, and especially due to learning a science online. If you have questions for the teacher very few get back to you, and rarely in a timely fashion. It is very hard to know what exactly to learn for the exams. They give you a study guide with very broad outlines and usually ask very specific questions. The options are learn every detail of a given chapter to apply only a small fraction on assessment, or score poorly. It feels like I am learning mostly from youtube and then the school gives me a degree.
I am a current student at Thomas Edison State University, and I have to say this school is horrible at providing support to its students. Please stay away, my personal data were hacked, I scheduled appointments for Academic advising and when I call I get the running around. I was informed to take classes that doesnt even go towards my degree. The representative for different regions dont even answer their phones or no longer work in their assign office. I should have gone to a different school. I feel like they just collecting money with no good results. I cannot wait to be done with this mess and go somewhere I can get my moneys worth. I wish 0 star was an option.
If you are in the military please look around before entering into a degree plan with this school. I have gotten the run around and completed almost 34 additional credit hours that cannot be used towards my degree. As I started talking to fellow soldiers I found 3 other people who had the same issue. There are other options for the amount of money. Use your military benefits to benefit you.
Ive been going to this university on and off for a few years now and as the years pass, theyve gotten more and more difficult to deal with. The biggest issue that I have been having with them lately, besides the general attitudes of their mentors and staff, is that they want everyone to conform to their scheduling. I go to this school and take classes online for CONVENIENCE and what they want is for their students to take back to back classes all year long without any break in between. I like to have a month break in between semesters and Im paying for the education so I dont see why this cant be accommodated anymore. There was never an issue until this year. Now suddenly if you dont conform to their schedule, they hold your school loan. Mine is currently 7 weeks late. The semester is over. If youre a working student, generally you need some of that money to help with bills. It can be hard to get by without it and thats the position that Im currently in. I was expecting this money nearly two months ago and they keep giving me the run around about it. At the end of the day, its my money and they have no right to hold it.