Thomas Edison State College
Review Averages: 6.8 out of 10 (88 reviews)Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey helps adult learners finish their degrees from anywhere in the world. Up to 120 transfer credits can be applied toward the college’s online associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs. Professional certificates in health and paralegal studies are also offered for online learning.
Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Thomas Edison State College Reviews:
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
You be the judge
January 21, 2012
I've been a student at TESC for about a year and a half. Here is what I think. I am 45 and have worked for about 20 years in my degree area. Pluses: 1. It's regionally accredited. If you're not sure what this means, I encourage you to spend a new minutes to google it. It's important. 2. Great for professionals who have a lot of experience in their subject area. There are several ways to earn credit, including PLA and testing-out. Perfect if you have a lot of experience in whatever degree you are pursing. 3. Generous with accommodating previous units. I had 50 units from university work that I did right out of high school. Granted, I did not know what my major would be, so I was very good about only taking general ed classes. This paid off very well, because TESC accepted them all toward the lower division requirements of my degree. 3. The "comprehensive" tuition is a good value, if you are willing to take a lot of units and sacrifice your social life. Translation: you can get a lot done in a short time. 4. Email support is pretty good. Overall the administration was prompt at replying to my questions. 5. The "student services" area of the website is fantastic. So easy to track progress on your degree. Even after you register for classes (but havent' started them yet), you can see where the classes are going to be applied on your transcript. This feature is really wonderful. Also, if you are considering changing majors, you can do a preliminary review of how your classes will fit into it. This will help you decide if you want to change or not. Minuses: 1. Email etiquette is non existent with most professors. I find most of the email communications to be unnecessarily curt, borderlining on rude, condescending, and even insulting at times. Sometimes I have the impression that they either don't realize there is an actual person on the receiving end, or they think they are dealing with an 18 year old freshman who doesn't have a clue about anything. Either way, the administration is not good about requiring a certain amount of courtesy from their professors toward the students. 2. Blackboard is a POS. Blackboard is the main interface for earning units. (It's not an issue for most of the ways to earn units: PLA, ePack, TECEP, GS. These do not utilize Blackboard very much.) But if you need to take a class labeled OL, watch out. OL classes use Blackboard extensively. I won't go into the details here, but if you want more info on Blackboard, google it. There are many, many people who feel like I do. 3. Problems with a professor? Your recourse is hit and miss. Over the summer one of my professors simply checked out. Meaning he quit answering emails, gave no reason why, and did not give any indication as to when he would resume. I needed an extension for his class. Even though I requested the extension from him a full month before the end of the term, he did not respond to my multiple emails until after the term, then there were issues with the administration becasue it wasn't handled before the end of the term. The bottom line was that I had to retake the class. But all was not lost because I just turned in the same assignments that I already did and picked up where I left off. But his lack of communication was stressful and frustrating, not to mention very unprofessional. With another professor, she refused multiple assignments because she could not figure out how to reorient the pdfs. I am not making this up - I saved her emails. She also didn't want the assignments completed in Excel, even though it was a Finance class (finance is a fancy name for "advanced business math"). Given that I have worked in the accounting field for about 20 years, both of these issues were truly outrageous to me, and certainly very unprofessional. I won't even go into detail about the stress with my family issues, that I'm taking 12 units, and that I work full time. Remember that the professors have Ph.D.s. I think that we are entitled, even obligated, to expect a certain level of competence and courtesy from them. Do not be surprised when you have a few who lack these. Hopefully you won't have the stress level that I have, so you can accommodate their weakness better than I've been able to. But the bottom line, for me at least, is that I should not have had to accommodate these weaknesses for them. Overall recommendation: I recommend TESC for working professionals who are pursuing a degree in an area where they are very familiar. Also needed: very good reading and writing skills, ability to work independently, and willingness to give up some social life (if you want to finish quickly). There will be many papers to write, and there are no lectures. I do not recommend TESC to young adults who have little or no experience in the working world, who do not know what they want to major in, who need a professor to lecture on every chapter of each assignment, and who are looking for some of the social aspects of college life.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
JUST READ THE REVIEW
November 22, 2011
I went to Rhode Island College for three years before joining the military. I served six years in the military. While in the military I finished my degree with TESC. With my military experience and TESC degree I was able to get a job in the civilian sector starting at $90,000. I do not work at a nuclear plant or nuclear facility. I never work on the weekend and never have to do shiftwork. This degree means something if you are willing to work for it. Please read the following: Materials: No issues here. The books and materials are about the same cost as a tradition college. Teachers: Like traditional schools, you have good mentors and bad mentors. Please be advised that the mentors are not teachers. If you are looking for help, take advantage of the online tutoring. I hired a tutor for two of my classes (Calculus I & II). If you aren’t self-motivated then this is not the school for you. Institution: The institution usually responded within 24 hours of a request. Waiting on hold can be frustrating, so try emailing first unless you need immediate help. I did have some issues with the personnel working in the military support office. Be persistent! The institution gives a lot of work! The work is manageable if you budget your time. I do not recommend more than two classes at a time if you are working full time. Support: This is the area where the school was most lacking. I am very persistent so I was able to get solutions but you may want to consider a different school if you do not have an “a-type” personality. KEEP IN MIND you do not have a teacher. You are required to teach the material to yourself or seek the appropriate amount of support. Get a tutor if you have to. The assigned mentors are not professors and you should not expect them to teach you the material. Value: The Bottom line is TESC is regionally accredited from the same organization as every other prestigious school in the Middle States Association. This means the degree will be valuable if you apply to graduate school or if you go straight into the work force. Other online colleges are only nationally accredited which may limit your options down the road. Use of Technology: I had almost no issues in this area. Be careful if you are using Internet Explorer 8 when taking a online exam. Overall: You must be motivated and must know how to manage your time. Don’t take more than two classes at a time if you are working full time. Get extra help early from a tutor if you start to struggle with the material. Be persistent to resolve issues! Good Luck!
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
I have to laugh reading some of these reviews
September 19, 2012
I LOVE people who write these comments and complain about the amount of work they had to do. This is COLLEGE people!!!!!! Ok now...I took some time off after high school and when I went back to community college at age 24, online learning was just starting to take off. I preferred it better to going and fighting for a parking spot, so I took as many online courses as I could. When I graduated in '07 with 2 Associates degrees, I was looking to transfer for my Bachelors, but still wanted to do online learning if I could. My counselor recommended TESC, and after looking at the pricing (5k a year for undergrad-up to 36 credits), I applied. Yes, there is alot of work. Discussions, papers, tests etc, but it's nothing extravagant or more than anyone else who has gone to college has had to do before. I never wrote more than a 10 page paper while I was doing my Bachelors. Now, I am 2 classes shy of my Masters at TESC, and again, I'm not drowning in work. And yes, I work full time, 12 hour days. As long as you do the work and keep up with the assignments, you will be fine. And again, a Masters for 18k-unheardof!!! The good: The price. They are accredited, which means your degree means something, not like at U of Phoenix or Capella. Some of the mentors are excellent, most are understanding and flexible. It's people who are serious about school and who are working adults, not 18 year old kids who don't care. Andrea Mirsky is the best advisor ever! The bad: Some mentors are lacking. The Financial Aid office is HORRIBLE and IGNORANT! Exams are proctored by some new online system.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Accredited, but not very challenging.
September 22, 2012
I completed the SOC program through TESC for a BSAST in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. I had previous college credit, so I only had to satisfy the 18 credit hour residency (which, as of Oct 1, 2012 is 24hrs for a Bachelor's degree). My TA covered everything, and I bought the books used online--not from TESC's bookstore. The quality of the classes was okay, but I found myself inadequately challenged. The assignments were extremely easy, and not demanding at all. The mentors when I needed them were knowledgeable and flexible and I really appreciate all of the support they were able to give me. I was taking classes in Afghanistan and all of my mentors understood the difficulty of an 8.5 or 9.5hr time difference and allowed late submission on the rare occasion it was needed (because of internet outage or what have you). My academic advisor was also very knowledgeable, helpful, and patient when I made phone calls from a bunker (with jets taking off in the background). This style of institution is for self-motivated individuals who need little structure (other than a weekly deadline). It is not intended for those who need to be taught in the traditional sense. There are no teachers, there are mentors who are perfectly willing to troubleshoot issues and give guidance--but they are no there to educate you. They are there to evaluate your work and assign a grade, and to expect anything more would be unrealistic. The bottom line is that this was a quick and easy way for me to finish my Bachelor's Degree. It is a simple stepping stone in my educational goals; I plan on becoming a Pathologist. If I were going to end my education at a Bachelor's Degree I would not have chosen this institution, but I find it to be a perfectly acceptable stepping stone to bigger and better things.
17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Not worth your time or money
August 20, 2011
The financial aid department at this school is awful. They consistently gave me wrong information. Now I am left with one class to graduate and I am not eligible for any type of financial aid, not even a loan. I put a complaint in with the Better Business Bureau. A representative front the school called me and asked me to remove my complaint. I refused. I want to let others know how this school operates. They take your money and give you nothing in return.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Not Issues Here!!!
March 14, 2012
I have just finished my BSBA at TESC and I have not complaints. Can somethings be improved at the school? YES, but this is everywhere. You will never find a school that is 100% perfect. The staff at TESC have all been professional and extremely helpful even at times when I knew I was being a pain (LOL). Professors were all great and gave me a nudge when I needed it to get through. Look if you are looking to complete your degree in a short period of time using various forms of credit (ALEKS, CLEP, DSST, ACE, Straighterline, and Fema) then this is the school for you. They accept a lot of different forms of credit that other schools do not. I am thankful for TESC and if you are looking for a regionally accredited degree that is reasonably priced I a sure you will be thankful for them too.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great state college!
November 27, 2011
Finished my BA in Social Science at Thomas Edison State College. After completing my degree I got accepted into Florida Atlantic University, Master of Counseling program. This is a public state college just like any other state college in the United States. Regionally accredited and offer amazing online programs. There is also on campus courses if you are in the Trenton area for the Bachelors in nursing program. Graduation was amazing, took pictures with some of my professors and went around the campus in Trenton, NJ. I also found a job as a case manager after completing my degree. Only good things I can say about this college! It's worth it!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
August 16, 2011
I have to give TESC an overall 8 to 9 score. As an adult student that manages a full-time accounting job, I found the on-line program the best for me. Students must be self directed and self motivated. Those that are not will have issues. Stay on schedule, live by your appointment book, and please do not forget to block out time for reading. Since there is not professor in front of the class providing information, every student must cover the reading material on their own. I had only on issue with a professor. I did contact my advisor and to my satisfaction the professor was spoken to about the lack of communication to the class. I have to state that I had an overall great experience at TESC. This is a great institution for type "A" adult students. Younger, hand holding, needy students should stay away until they are ready to take themselves in a new direction.
13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Don't enroll for education, you wont receive any
April 27, 2013
I currently enrolled in Thomas Edison, but will definitely be leaving after this semester. There is absolutely no instruction or education at this place. Teachers, or "mentors", as they are called here are non existent. The curriculum consists of you teaching yourself an entire text, then being tested on the material you taught yourself. No interaction or instruction from mentors, no feedback, grades are not even explained, or if they are the explanation is completely vague. And, the course load is substantially higher than any other physical colleges I have attended. 11 graded written assignments, research paper, a mid term and a final along with 5 graded,(based on what, who knows?) , in a 12 week course. All while simultaneously trying to teach myself calculus ( I'm in my 30's, I haven't looked at a math problem in 15 years ). Definitely a lazy school that only cares about getting your money. One good thing is that they did handle my MGIB paperwork very well and I have had no problems with getting payments from the VA. Not for working adults unless you have no life, or job. This school requires a substantial time investment and you have to teach yourself everything...
13 of 23 people found the following review helpful
What are my options!?
October 17, 2011
I am in my third term with TESC. The first two I was a part time student and really chocked my frustrations up to working full time and having limited focus even though the testing was ridiculous - more on that later. I have read the reviews about bad customer support and I completely agree to that, I would say beyond bad but not as bad as Financial Aid. I use my MGIB and there has not been an instance where I received valuable or accurate information from the "VA specialist" in this office. EVERY term I have had to call them and REMIND them to process my paperwork... this should be automatic, right? Or at least after 6 weeks of a term has past and I have emailed 3 trouble tickets, left 2 voicemails and spent close to an hour on hold, you think it could be done without my help. It can't! Testing here is insane. Online courses are for professionals with full time jobs right? How am I suppose to remember 7 weeks worth of stuff in each class and prepare for 40 random questions on each test? There is no narrowing down of information either. My first two terms, I thought it was just me but anytime a mentor is asked whta to study the answer straight out of the syllabus is listed. My Biology class midterm was 8 chapters worth of information.. that's several hundred pages of stuff! WTF I do not know what my options are which is why I even registered this term. If I remain fulltime - and that seems impossible- I can be completed in3 more terms... I don't know what to do. The "Mentors" are nonexsistent. I have only had one class where the mentor was really into the class and it was Photography 101... not really a critical course for knowledge. My accounting teacher half ass answers questions and does not further explain any theories needed for exam purposes. I would not recommend TESC to anyone unless you just need 1 or 2 classes to finish off your degree. As for a full time program - forget it if you have any sort of life.
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