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This school is a total rip off. They will charge "fees" for every little thing. I was hit with a $150 "late" fee for signing up for a class beyond the registration period, which mind you is only 4 days long. I have spoken to every one possible and they won't budge on it. I could see if maybe I signed up for the class after it already started. Getting charged a late fee a few weeks before the class starts is absurd. They don't mention the "late" fee when you are siting up "late" either, they just hit you with it and assume you can afford to pay it. Horrible ethics in this school. Do yourself a favor and somewhere else!
TESU provided me all the opportunity and flexibility I needed to study and earn credits while I continued to work at my company. It was really great having the option to learn at my own pace and not have to take it full time. The degree helped me check off some boxes for the promotion I was eyeing. Thanks TESU.
TESU provided me all the opportunity and flexibility I needed to study and earn credits while I continued to work at my company. It was really great having the option to learn at my own pace and not have to take it full time. The degree helped me check off some boxes for the promotion I was eyeing. Thanks TESU
I reviewed many of the online programs and chose Thomas Edison State University. The acceptance of transfer credits and Professional Training/Licensure was an easy way to begin classes. I work at a commercial Nuclear Power plant and work a 12 hour swing shift. This allowed plenty of time to complete the assignments and prepare for the exams. The exams seemed rather difficult, but the other class assignments would aide in maintaining a passing grade. The test are not designed by TESU or it's mentors. I used transfer credits and TCEP (clep) to complete my program. I began classes in August of 2016 and completed the program in July of 2017 with a GPA of 3.465. Formal graduation was not until September of 2017. I completed 48 credit hours in 11 months. It was a heavy load averaging 3-4 classes every 12 weeks. It is a fast paced, self-motivating program. If you can not dedicate the time and effort to the program, you may not be successful. Thomas Edison State University allowed me to advance my career in the Professional Nuclear Power World with my degree. It was a wonderful and life-changing experience. The office staff and mentors were extremely helpful and forthcoming with information and critiques. There are a great deal of awesome mentors that allow the classes to be interesting and woth the time to study and to be successful. Just like most universities, there are a few bad apples in the bunch. Don't let a bad forum posting make you change your mind. Read the mentor reviews prior to registering for the classes.
I already had a degree in Engineering, but from many years ago, and liked the self-directed / guided study approach which Thomas Edison takes and their willingness to apply so many of my credits towards a second degree in Computer Science. If you are self-disciplined and willing to manage your time, you can take 2-3 courses in the Comp Sci area of study and do quite well. I am very happy so far and would recommend (I do still have 2 classes to go). The only thing I would prefer is more options for GS rather than OL ( the former has more homework but no need to post on forums and interact with other students as in OL - which is a time waster for me).
I had read on other online forums that Thomas Edison State University was rather hard to work with. I has hoped it was just a fluke. It wasn't. I paid my fees and then received very little assistance. I would call and ask for help and information and would not receive any. This school may have their social media and search engine dominance mastered but I am sure there are other online schools that actually care about their students and offer a better deal.
I didn't learn very much from Thomas Edison since most of the courses for my major were transferred from a community college. This really disappointed me since I felt that community college classes fall short of providing the level of study to award a Bachelor degree. The rest of the classes I took were gen ed and math which didn't help me much. I felt that most mentors didn't really participate in the course besides assigning homework and grading tests. You're pretty much left on your own to deal with a textbook that may or may not be enough to learn the material. Not having feed back was a big issue. You never knew how well or poorly you were doing until it was too late. Unfortunately I found out after graduating that most prospective employers didn't value the degree as much as going to a school and attending classes in person. I would avoid technology degrees and if you still choose to make sure you immediately try to get accepted into a graduate program where you can attend in person.
This is the only University I have gone to so I do not have another point of reference to compare TESU. However, my experience the past 4 years at this school has been a good one. I feel the mentors were fair and I was allotted more than enough time to meet the weekly assignments. Twelve week semesters here are longer than most online schools. Self discipline is definitely required though. I averaged two classes a semester (sometimes one class, sometimes three) while working full time (US Navy) and had no issues meeting deadlines. The academic advisors were also very accommodating as well as I changed my major several times and swapped classes in and out of my academic evaluation based on my interests without any problems at all. I would certainly recommend this school (In fact, I am trying to convince my girlfriend to go here). TESU is regionally accredited and more importantly (to me) they do not advertise themselves on cheap billboards or bus stop benches like cheap degree mill schools do. I earned my associates and my Bachelors here. I'm undecided whether I want to go for my MBA here. Because this school just applied to receive AACSB accreditation I'm definitely considering it! Just my two cents, hope it helps.
Horrible college, please don go hear.had nothing but problems the teachers don't mentor they just grade papers and don't teach. Tried to resolve issues the entire staff just lies. Tried to contact the President and he is to busy was told that he was aware of the issue one day called back the next day and was told that no one knew who I was. No way to run a college.
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.