Thomas Edison State College
Review Averages: 6.8 out of 10
Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Thomas Edison State College Reviews:
BSBA - March 28, 2016
I find the negative reviews comical...too much coursework, I don't understand the syllabus. If you cannot handle the workload, then do not go to college. That is the issue today, everyone wants the easy road and a handout. The coursework is college level and very informative, many of the concepts learned have been applied in the real world. Highly recommend this school to adults that are serious about learning and are not looking for the easy way out.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good school - if...
BA in Social Sciences/History - March 26, 2016
This is a school for those who have credits already or for those who are going to another college part time while TESU being your parent school. The courses are challenging because you have to teach yourself. If you cannot teach yourself and really dig into the text books then this school is NOT for you! Let me repeat that. If you can't teach yourself through textbooks and scholarly articles then this school is NOT for you! I attend Indiana University and there is no difference in the amount of work to be done or the quality of materials. I have learned just as much at TESU as I have at Indiana University. The only difference is the delivery of the information. At Indiana University there isn't as much high stakes testing which can be an issue for bad test takers. If you generally do not test well using standardized testing then TESU is NOT for you! Be prepared to be well versed to pass the test, some test are 25% of your entire grade, so two test can equal 50% of your grade. I have not run into a course at Indiana University with such high stakes testing. Overall, I think that you will be just as prepared coming out of TESU as you would be Indiana University. However, TESU does not have internships and you will have to search for internships and apply outside of the college. It wasn't a problem for me, but if you want a university to hold your hand by writing your resume and placing you into an internship then TESU is NOT for you. If you want to earn your degree and you can teach yourself, if you need flexibility, i.e. military/working professional, don't mind paying a lot for out of state tuition and don't need the college to hold your hand then TESU can provide the education you need.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Courses are ok... Administration arrogant and incompetent.
BA Psychology - November 3, 2015
The courses themselves weren't so bad, and the its definitely not a diploma mill. Hard work required. Problem is with the administration. The school is arrogant and in denial of its own problems. If you have a problem, unless you wind and complain until it makes it to the top, they'll just give you the run around. The big issue is getting beyond the phone bank. I had constant problems with disappearing mentors, BLACKBOARD and later MOODLE becoming inaccessible... stuff like that. Burnt out on dealing with their buggy system. Totally detracted from the school work. Not worth it, even if the courses were good (though anything but state of the art.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Applied Science & Technology / AS&T
Thomas Edison sate college - September 19, 2015
Thomas Edison State College "In New Jersey" REPORT CARD - Applied Sciences Core I'll start off by saying that I was a bright high school student that was admitted to other so called higher "ranked" universities but still chose TESC for several reasons. Growing up in New Brunswick, I already knew the so-called college scene. Yes I wanted to attend college, just not with a large debt upon graduating, "Mom is a Finance Major" go figure. Plus, I work part-time as a building engineer in a large medical facility, needed time to study without the extra time burning activities. TESC does have one of the best returns on investments because of the very low state tuition (Out-of-state is way higher). Lastly but most importantly all of the people I met while touring the campus seemed to be having a great time and had nothing really bad to say about the school. After being here a year neither do I, glad to be here. D.J.
3 of 5 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.
3 of 15 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
5 of 5 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.
6 of 6 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.
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