Thomas Edison State University Reviews

3.42 out of 5 stars
(81 Reviews)
  • Trenton (NJ)
  • Annual Tuition: $9,967
70% of 81 students said this degree improved their career prospects
63% of 81 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Richard Schaber - 4/26/2018
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
2.0 out of 5 stars
just get this over with - 4/13/2018
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2019
"I chose TESU because it was the only option my current job allows. It has its upsides. They're very generous with credit transfers. They offer a highly flexible schedule, both through the nature of online programs and by allowing students to enroll in classes at the start of any month. Their tuition costs are relatively affordable. TESU is a great school if your only interest is to put a degree on your resume from somewhere accredited with as little time and effort as possible. What TESU won't offer, however, is any kind of effort on their part to teach you anything. This is what you can expect from all your classes: 1. Buy your required books. 2. Do end-of-chapter activities and soulless forum participation (95% of the time utterly ignored by professors) by Sunday of every week. Unless you're taking a "Guided Study" course, which is just a flowery way of saying you won't be required to talk to other students on a forum. 3. Take midterm and final exams that are often filled with questions that don't even gauge your understanding of concepts, but rather your ability to memorize minutia scattered throughout the book. I understand it's not easy to provide education through an online platform, so I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt on this. Actually, scratch that; it's very easy. There are countless resources online. Most are amazing. Many are practically free. Average people are doing on Youtube for hardly any ad revenue what TESU is apparently incapable of doing for $7,000 a year per student. I watched videos of (free) Carnegie Mellon lectures, yearning to be back in the presence of someone who offers substance, rather than someone who is probably spread far too thin and forced to grade as many assignments as possible for the sake of cutting corners. TESU is thoroughly solidifying my cynicism of higher education. We're not paying to learn. We're paying for permission to work."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best decision I have made - 2/27/2018
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2018
"I don't usually bother with writing reviews but this school deserves it. I read some bad reviews on here and honestly, it's people complaining about how hard it is, fees and other nonsense that show's lack of independence and basic understanding of policies. First ofo, there's no school (after tons of research) let you transfer as much credits like TESU! I can't express enough how helpful this was! Yes you are very independent in the course but seriously what do you expect from an ONLINE college. If I had problems understanding something I would ask my professors and they always tried their best to explain. If I got a unsatisfactory grade (for me a 'B'), I would ask them to explain the reason and how I could improve...this is what you have to do to be successful. Again, people complained about course work being too much but seriously, you have the luxury to sit at home, work, on the go, from your phone EVERYDAY and complete your work! What more do you want? The absolute best part is that there is no certain order to complete your course and there usually only 3 months long which equal to 3-4 semesters taking in ONE year! Oppose to a tradition school that only have 2. So I get to speed up my graduation (especially if you can take 15 credits each semester.) Overall, this is a great school despite the lazy people that complain about normal and expected things. I am actually applying to their Master degree program because of such flexibility and speed that I will never get at another university. If anyone is interested in their MBA programs, they are ACBSP accreditation! Which the 1 out of 2 highest accreditation (usually Ivy league schools maintain this), and looks fantastic if you want to work for corporate giants or wall st. I'm actually shock that they have this type of accreditation and still would of attend if they had a basic accreditation because again, their school fits my lifestyle and goals. I recommend!!!!"
3.4 out of 5 stars
Kris - 2/25/2018
Degree: Laboratory Technician
Graduation Year: 2014
"My experience with Thomas Edison State University was very positive. I already had a BA from a traditional college but wanted a Masters to make myself more marketable. A co-worker recommended TESU so I signed up and found the classes excellent. I enjoyed the fact that most of the course work was self-paced from textbooks, lectures and a lot of internet research. I found that the more effort I put into the classes the more benefit I received. TESU was the best alternative for someone who wants a degree but is unable to attend classes at a traditional university."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Hidden fees - 12/4/2017
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2017
"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!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Andrew McConel - 11/7/2017
Degree: MBA in Marketing
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Andrew McConel - 11/7/2017
Degree: MBA in Marketing
Graduation Year: 2017
"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"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kevin H. - 9/20/2017
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Brian D - 7/26/2017
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2017
"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)."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Dave - 7/26/2017
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014
"Good overall school for middle aged returning students. The School of Applied Science & Technology has helped me more fully understand my engineering curriculum and where to direct my interests within various engineering practices. The course work was challenging, but if you want to learn new skills, you must do the work and apply yourself."