Thomas Edison State College
Review Averages: 6.8 out of 10 (91 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:
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Terrible Learning Experience
Thomas Edison sate college - June 6, 2015
I'm working towards a Master's in Software Engineering at Villanova University. However, they didn't offer a class I needed to take over the summer, so I found a similar one being offered at TESC. It was my first distance learning experience, and it will certainly be my last at this school, at least. For one, there is literally no support whatsoever from anyone. While trying to sign up and pay for the class I wanted, there were login credentials that I needed that were never communicated to me, so I had to call multiple times for information. I was never told how to login to the online classroom, didn't get any information on what course materials were needed, etc. I emailed the professor to ask how to login and if there was a book I needed to purchase. He basically said, yes there is a book (but didn't tell me what it was) and had no other information for me other than to ask the registrar. I was also disappointed to find that there was no online lecture portion at all. The entire class consisted of reading the book, posting pointless discussions in a forum, a midterm, and a final. That's it. While I consider myself a self-directed learner, I didn't pay hundreds of dollars to teach myself everything with no additional help. If that were the case, I would save the money and wasted time from posting in the forum. The professor was one of the worst I've ever had. I've never seen a teacher with such a lack of interest in helping their students succeed. There was minimal to no feedback left on assignments and when another student asked what concepts to focus on for the midterm, his response was "I have nothing specific." I would at least expect the professor to participate in the online forums (considering he seems to have little else to do), especially when students seemed to be struggling with a couple of the concepts, but nope - nothing. Maybe it would be a different experience for matriculated students since they get an advisor, but I wouldn't hold your breath. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
ABET accredited program/great school
BSAST - May 26, 2015
I have completed the BSAST in Nuclear Energy Engineering and Technology this past year. Many people discredit this school as a diploma mill. These people have not taken courses here or received a degree from here. This is a New Jersey state public school, similar to any other state school. The courses are completed entirely online. The deadlines are strict, but if needed the instructors can work with you. Each of my instructors held PhD in their fields with years of related experience. The work was graded with feedback. All of the courses were challenging. They required many hours of homework and study time. For the ABET accreditation, you are required to complete two capstone classes, one of which requires a huge final project. The books are easy to obtain and can be found on the course syllabus. I had been told that getting an engineering tech degree will not help in getting employment. I work as an engineer for a DOE contractor now at a nuclear facility. Great school, great experience.
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science & Technology: Radiation Protection - May 19, 2015
TESC is a college that continues to move forward, the school is seeking university status which is well deserved. Being a student of both Rutgers and TESC has enabled me to complete degree requirements at a much faster rate, furthermore both institutions work well together. Yes, TESC gave many assignments and conducted multiple online discussion boards, but all the hard work is paying off. My employer is talking about a promotion, still have 7 classes to take.
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
AWFUL ADVISEMENT- ACTUALLY NO NO ADVISEMENT
BSN - December 12, 2014
BAD TEACHERS, POOR STUDENT SUPPORT!!!!!! DONT GO HERE THEY DONT DESERVE YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN AN ONLINE STUDENT AT THIS SCHOOL FOR ABOUT 3 YRS. I CHECKED IN TO MAKE SURE I WAS ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND ITS LIKE TALKING TO THE WALL.- "OH YES WE GOT IT"- SO THEN IM OK AND ON THE RIGHT TRACK. - YES" UNTIL THIS SEMESTER WHEN I GO TO SIGN UP FOR A $2700 CLASS THAT I HAVE WAITED A YEAR TO TAKE BC OF HOW EXPENSIVE IT IS- HAD TO PAY OFF CREDIT CARD. I GET A REPLY THAT SAYS TO WITHDRAWL- HERE I STILL NEED 12 UNDERGRAD CREDITS THAT I WAS NOT AWARE OF BC NO ONE TOLD ME WHEN I CALLED!! SO NOW I HAVE TO SCRAMBLE AND TAKE 3 MORE CLASSES. THE TEACHERS ARE RUDE- THEY ACT LIKE THE QUESTIONS YOU ASK ARE STUPID. THE ONLINE PRGRAM IS HARD TO NAVIGATE. I AM A PROFESSIONAL NURSE AND I AM VERY UPSET AND DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS SCHOOL OVERALL. CANT NOT WAIT TO BE OUT OF THIS SCHOOL. DONT EVEN WANT TO GIVE THEM ONE MORE PENNY
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Engineering Core Overview
BSAST - November 29, 2014
If 70% or above of an undergrad degree is completed and the student is employed in a profession related to their studies, this college is the right choice, hands down. It will save you money, the professors are knowledgeable, and the school is growing in popularity and size yearly.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Engineering / Technical Review
BSAST - October 28, 2014
Thomas Edison State College has changed so much in the last three years. True, it may be geared toward working professionals, however younger students are now considering this institution due to it's flexibility (online and campus programs), and cost of attendance. Obtaining a quality education with less student debt accrual seems like a great idea. I was at TESC for a year, and though the work was challenging at times, never did I encounter a problem getting help. The college was also fair regarding my program evaluation, taking engineering credits from previous schools, and explaining what remaining classes were needed for degree completion. The school is finally getting the funding and attention it deserves, and their academic reputation is improving yearly. This school does not give a person credit for life experience, wish it did, I would have saved a lot of cash and time. It does allow you to take a college exam or assessment to demonstrate your knowledge regarding a course. Thomas Edison State College is growing, new construction projects are underway. Peer Assessment has improved greatly and I believe the trend will continue. Trenton is cleaning up, and TESC is on the move.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Thomas Edison State College Review
Technical Studies - September 16, 2014
Thomas Edison State College is growing as is their reputation for providing innovative ways to earn a college degree. Their method of teaching helps professionals continue studies without sacrificing their employment or family obligations. The courses are challenging, yet doable with focus and determination. Nursing and Applied Science programs are popular at this college, this may be due to their quality instruction whether on campus or online. This college actually works with students, helping them succeed in their fields of study and in life. Thomas Edison State College is one school not to be overlooked when choosing affordability and a quality education.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An honest attempt to help others
BA in Social Sciences/History - August 19, 2014
I recommend that you do not attempt to earn a degree here in an area in which you are not already proficient. I found TESC to be inadequate in their approach to distance learning. The amount of work they require per credit seems to be excessive, an attempt to compensate for a lack of lecture time in a classroom or even online. I've taken many online classes since I left TESC, every one of them superior to TESC's classes, mainly because they utilize video lectures. None of the courses I took at TESC offered video lectures. I simply found myself writing lots of essays (with little useful feedback from professors), took what would normally be a full-time course load and found the course load overwhelming, and failed classes due to deadlines. I just knew it wasn't a problem with me, but that they don't really teach there, they grant degrees to people who are already advanced in a given field (they were really ineffective at teaching math, BTW). I left, went to community college full time,earned two scholarships and graduated. I then transferred to a state university, where I'm in my senior year and have maintained a 4.0 GPA. TESC failed me, in both interpretations of that phrase.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Test are computer generated
BA Psychology - August 18, 2014
The real issue is the test are computer generated, which means all the information that you focus on, that you spend a lot of time writing papers on, is rarely on the tests. Often the test will have the most obscure facts, one time questions were from the introduction of the chapters, being one line out of hundreds of pages, and I was expected to write an essay on it worth 15 points. The information was not important for the class, it would be like asking write an essay on how old Freud was when he got married; I am not being dramatic here. I understand that you are working for a BA, but the test should be on the main points of the chapters, not minute details. If you know the material, especially the information that you were told to focus on, inside and out, you should be okay talking a test, but rarely is that the case. It is not as if one question is thrown in, that is on a major point not covered, but you should know, to see if you studied. The issue seems to be that the mentors are not the ones writing the test in general. You also can't skip ahead during the midterms or finals and then go back, which I have always been taught is how to take a test, do what you know first and then go back and answer what you are not sure of. To clarify, they are in sections, like standardized test, you can't go to the next section and then go back. I don't know the point of this. You also can't see what you got wrong, so I don't know how you can learn from your mistakes or even question your grade. Maybe this is common in traditional schools on a BA level, I do not know, but I requested to see one of my test and was told the school would not allow it. The mentor had no issue with it, but the school said no. I only had one really bad mentor, she won't answer any of my questions. The syllabus is confusing at best. I had many people read it and tell me that they had no idea what was expected of me, people currently enrolled in the master's programs, people that have Phd's from NYU could not help me understand what was wanted. This was brought to the attention of the mentor and she did not explain to me what was wanted. It is sad, because if the issues with the test were fixed, and it is a real issue, the school would be a much better school. The classes require a lot of work and I have learned a lot. If a student puts the effort in to write an A paper and to bring something of value to the discussion boards, they should feel that some of the material they focused on would be on the test. I would say that information should be the majority of the test and that the other major points in the chapters should be covered.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science Technology: Nuclear Engineering Technology - July 9, 2014
Good School - Thomas Edison State College is an exceptional institution, when comparing educational quality and value, the school should rank very high. The colleges infrastructure is improving yearly and its reputation as a provider of affordable, high quality educational programs continues to grow. Working professionals, students with 40 or more transfer credits, and military personnel, give TESC a second look, it's worth the effort.
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