Thomas Edison State University Reviews
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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.
Thomas Edison State University is one of higher education public universities in New Jersey and highly flexible that is tailored exclusively for working adults. It generously accepts credits from other colleges and universities both in the U.S. and overseas. It is also has a reasonable tuition and fees compared to other public universities. I highly recommend any student to explore this university and take advantage of their generous acceptance of credits. You can also learn study this university entirely online with various degrees(both undergraduate and graduate) to choose from. check out their website at www.tesu.edu. -Gorod Daful-
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.
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.