Thomas Edison State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (47)
I have no idea what everyone is complaining about. Just do the work, on time, and you really won't have a problem. I think most people expect on-line school to be easier, but it's really not. It's harder, everything is on you. Of course getting a Masters degree is harder then getting a BSN- Seriously with that comment? TESC has helped me immensely, they offer course extensions if your having an issue - you just can't fill it out the last day of class. Common sense here people. NO SCHOOL WILL ACCEPT A COURSE EXTENSION ON THE LAST DAY. Seriously, TESC is an okay school, they won't hold your hand. Cause you're an adult. They tell you what you need to do. so you do it. If you want someone to hold your hand, and tell what to do/how to do it, you probably shouldn't be trying to get a bachelors/masters.
I attended TESC for my BSN in nursing and I was pretty pleased. I returned 2 years later to pursue my MSN in Nursing Education. The courses were ridiculous for anyone who works full time and has a family. There was no way to complete all of the assignments they expected. I am a very good student and I enjoy school, but this just did not work for me at all. A very close friend of mine is going there for her BSN in nursing and her mentor doesn't grade any of her assignments. So how do you know how you are doing in the course? I dropped my courses 5 weeks in with not a single word from anyone at the school-and I am alumni. I was extremely disappointed.
This college is AWFUL!!! I paid for, and got all of my credits for my BA, but they will not give me my degree because they want another almost $800.00 for a re-enrollment fee and graduation fees. I have no interest in graduation ceremonies and why would I have to pay to re-enroll when I am not taking any more classes? This place will nickel and dime you at every turn. Their counseling is terrible... and more than confusing and this is what creates the problems, which leads to them throwing around "policies" where it always costs something (and it is NEVER just a few bucks). They even charge for transcripts! I wouldn't have a problem paying for some sort of graduation fee, but a re-enrollment fee? Are you kidding me? I was expecting to get out of my degree with less then $8,000 worth of loans, but because of their "policies" I am now faced with a $20,000.00 bill!!! They do NOTHING to help, and you are just an email to them. Please pick ANY other institution then this one! I am trying to save you now...There are tons of on-line schools and most local colleges now offer on-line classes. Go somewhere that you can walk in and meet with counselors and they actually care about their students, THIS IS NOT THAT PLACE!!
This school is a complete and total joke. The courses themselves are good... but the administration is incompetent. If you have a problem, they'll solve it, but not until giving you the run around until dealing with technical problems and AWOL mentors detracts entirely from the learning process.
Read all the negative reviews with a grain of salt. There are A LOT of lazy people that are attracted to online schools. TESC is no different. My experience has been good, it's like any other online school. You have to put in the time to learn the subject - it doesn't just come naturally. If it did, then everyone would have a degree. TESC really will help you, they're there to help you succeed. You getting a degree helps them look better. Sometimes there are bad instructors, it happens at every school. I had one who just blatantly told me to google the problems, then failed me for not doing it the way he wanted. So I filed a complaint and got a full "credit" (meaning I was able to re-take the class without paying) Sometimes there are great instructors, who will hold your hand and guide you through everything. The work is on you though. For the subjects I have trouble with (anything Math) I use online videos to help, iTunes U has a lot, your YouTube.
As an adult learner, I enjoyed my experience at Thomas Edison State College. I was able to transfer in 60 credits towards my Bachelor's degree. I started my first TESC course in Jan 2014, and completed my last course in July 2015. The first year, I used the Comprehensive Tuition Plan and took 39 credits, staggering my courses so that my courseload was varied. I was able to apply for Sept 2015 graduation and have since graduated. Some classes were more difficult than others, some mentors were more attentive than others. I feel that this would probably be consistent with ANY distance-learning program. Any issues, clarification, questions, etc I ever had, I was able to call the LSC and get quality customer service. IF they couldn't assist me, they transferred me accordingly. One time, I was even given a call back from one of the deans. I think TESC is a fine school and definitely worth taking a look at if you need to balance school, work, life. My only complaint would be for them to offer more financial aid options (more scholarships, grants, etc.) and a payment plan of some sort. I was able to qualify for the $250 ABC scholarship but that was a one time deal so it didn't cover more than the cost of a textbook. One other thing...I live in a surrounding town close to TESC. While looking for jobs, I noticed that TESC has a very low turnover with their employees. Their pay is competitive because they are a state college and they have great benefits. I do believe that this is representative of a good school from the top down.
Do not apply for the MSN program at this school. The advisors are not for the students. The mentors are racist and will push you out the class by giving you low grades on everything. Please Stay Away!!! It will save you many sleepless nights and tears.
The school at times can be a mess. If you are aggressive, problems are solvable, but you have to be persistent and do your best to get in touch with the right person. The courses themselves weren't so bad. Mentors ranged from helpful to marginally available. Courses were good. A lot of work, but most teachers had fairly liberal grading policies. --The school has potential, but needs administrative reform! -The reason I recommend it because its a State run school, so respectable, and affordable...
I was an online student but everything I experienced was good. The advisors and support people were very prompt and helpful.
Worst school I attended. They screw you over left and right. I finished classed in May but couldn't graduate until September. My financial aid was also messed up by the school. The classes are poor at best. The worst part is I can't apply to graduate school until after I graduate.