Thomas Edison State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (44)
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.
This school prides itself on its flexible schedules for those working, its economically friendly tuition plans, and its helpful mentors. In reality, the mentors punish you for having a full time job and I have even had some professors take off 10% per day that submissions were late - not very flexible or understanding, The tuition plans are great if you plan on paying for school out of pocket. If you plan on using financial aid, beware.. They basically set you up for failure. Your comprehensive tuition plan covers up to 36 credit hours in a year but their financial aid terms only allow you to take courses during the months the aid is dispersed. This mean over 3 disbursement months, you have to take 4 classes. That is completely unmanageable if you have a full time job. This school is a joke. Not only do their so called helpful advisers not call you when asked or answer emails, when you do finally get a hold of them, they are extremely rude.
I had no problems with Thomas Edison until my Liberal Arts Capstone. Thomas Edison has some very poor mentors, in some cases downright racist. I had one mentor who would hang up in the middle of calls, leave disparaging remarks in my private forum etc. When I brought this to the attention of the mentor board, nothing was done, except my submissions suddenly began to get very low scores. I would rate this school extremely high when it comes to price and credit transfer. They are way ahead of any other college I know of. But the student protection against bad teachers is not great.
I completed my BA through TESC with absolutely no problems. It was a really smooth transition and they let me transfer 80 credits from other colleges. After I graduated from a 2-year RN program I decided to continue to TESC to obtain my BSN. Again the transition was not bad, and I had no problems with the school. HOWEVER, the graduate nursing program there is AWFUL!. Run while you can. I am telling as many people as possible to find another school for your MSN. First I am in the middle of a new curriculum change so they just add on classes to my degree because they decided to change the program. Fine- I am ok with that, its a learning opportunity. Then I submit my information 2 months in advance for my clinical site. Denied 4 weeks after the deadline. Leaving me no time to find another site. So I wait to apply for the next semester. They have an e-portfolio that you need to complete. Again I am in the middle of a change so the information on the website is incorrect. So this entire time I am uploading documents to a e-portfolio that now I have to re-do because they can't view the old version. Are you kidding? 2 days off work and about 35 hours later I finished it. So I got over that hump. After speaking with the advisor, she tells me everything looks great your ready for your clinical. That was this morning now I receive a rejection letter about how my immunizations are rejected. My immunizations are through the Air Force, there all on one paper. It says that I have a positive titer for Rubella and Varicella. TESC doesn't accept that. Its good enough for the government but not TESC. I get another rejection that says that my physical form is not the correct form.. ARE YOU KIDDING???? It is the form I downloaded off of their website. It says right on it. TESC MSN health physical form. I am now guessing that there probably was a change to the form and that probably is the OLD FORM.. I am so fed up with the entire program! Last semester I take an advance pathophysiology class. I submit my first paper 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Then I submit my second paper on time- still with no grade from 3 weeks ago for the first paper. I submit my third paper on time- still with no grade from the first and second paper. I submit my last paper on time- NO GRADES YET.. Well the class ends and I STILL HAVE NO GRADES.. I have been emailing the professor to make sure she received the papers.. she says oh yeah just haven't had time to grade them.. REALLY?? THEN DON"T TEACH THE CLASS!!!! So 5 days after the end of the class I email the nursing department. This is unacceptable,, etc. They email me back and say that the professor has up until 10 days after the end of class to submit all grades.. Really? The professor provides no feedback for an entire semester and that is acceptable? This is just the start of the B.S with this program.. DO NOT APPLY HERE!!!! Find another school. Really..