Thomas Edison State College
Review Averages: 6.8 out of 10
Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Thomas Edison State College Reviews:
DO NOT GO HERE
BSN/MSN - November 10, 2016
TESU has been a horrible experience in pursuing my BSN. The only reason I even gave TESU a chance was because of the affiliation it had with my nursing school. The staff here was very rude and not helpful. First semester was 15 weeks which looking back was ridiculous when there are better programs such as Grand Canyon or Wilmington U that offers courses that are much more centered around the adult student based in 5-7 week blocks. For the first semester I was able to get through and obtain two A's in both my courses. Therefore it is not that I am looking for the easy way out or that I am not accustomed to working for my grade. The second semester of the 15 week courses at TESU required 7 papers/posts (between both classes) a week and a 9-11 page paper every third week for EACH class. Being a new nurse I felt overwhelmed taking two courses with this workload. 2 1/2 weeks into the semester I called and spoke with several departments as I was transferred multiple times when asked to speak to an advisor about what my options were. When I reached the correct department I was told no outside calls can be transferred to the nursing advisement department and I would need to make an appointment. I asked it there was anything else I could do because as stated by the bursar office I had already exceeded the time to withdraw with any refund. I stated that my concern wasn't the cost I want to keep my GPA up and not fail my courses, I simply just needed advise. They did allow me to speak to an advisor (not my assigned advisor) and I was ok with that and her response was, "well you either withdraw or you don't." I wish I wrote down her name but I didn't as I was just trying to get to some resolution. They said you need to speak to the bursar office to make sure what money you will owe. I repeated I understand that I will need to pay out of pocket as my financial aid will not cover the costs it will be around 2700.00 that isn't a problem I will pay the balance but I need to know how to I proceed. Have students had issues taking these two courses together? Do I have the option to take one course at a time? No one in advisement could help and I felt lost as to what I could do. So I contacted the bursar office as directed and spoke with someone and she was NASTY! For he sake of this context I will leave out her rude attitude, condescending remarks and just stick to the actions that happened. I called asking what are my options as far as withdrawing from a course and she said if withdraw then you will owe the 2700.00 balance. I stated that I understand that and inquired what else could I do as far as going forward. She stated that I would need to speak to the advisor about that. I stated ok and asked what is the process of how to withdraw for a course. I then followed the instructions and withdrew from the course. As now I'm thinking ok now I can speak to an advisor and try to get this whole thing straightened out and figure out how to proceed. No, I was so wrong. I was cut off from everything immediately. As of that day it was in the system that I had a "past due" balance of 2700.00 and had no access to my online student account, no access to advisors and no access to any guidance. I emailed my advisor directly at this point trying to bypass the phone system and she stated that she had never heard of such a thing. About 30 mins later she emailed me back and stated that [name removed] had put a hold on my account and that all access is cut off until my balance is paid. Once again I didn't have a problem paying the balance per say but it was the way they went about everything. I called and spoke to the manager in the bursar office and stated how nasty [name removed] was being and asked why students are not informed that if they withdraw from a course they are cut off from the university? His response was its not my job or her job to inform you of that my suggestion to you would be to pay the bill then you can get your questions answered. I understand that universities are out here just to take your money but if a student is actively seeking help, then help. Don't turn them away and then state that you have an "outstanding" bill that just generated the same day. Not to mention the semester was not even 3 weeks in although I had no problem complying to pay I still was informed that I had the option to pay until the next semester and that obviously wasn't true either. Lastly I asked if I could set up a payment plan and [name removed] stated, "you can pay what ever you want but you won't have access to anything until your balance is paid." I then asked how will I know what courses to not take to together or even evaluate which way I should go forward and the response was, "Pay your balance and you will find out." Please do not go here, go to a school that cares about their students and willing to give you the guidance and support needed. Thomas Edison University is NOT geared toward the adult student and does NOT value their students.
Thankful to have found TESU (TESC)!
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - July 27, 2016
I heard of TESU (TESC) back in 2007 on a degree forum. Several people were talking about it because they were able to transfer a lot of credits from different sources. This got me curious as I was a senior at my university at the time. After making a quick phone call, I found out that I only needed to take two more classes to graduate. I was elated to hear the news! I quickly processed an application and sent in my transcripts. The counselor that I had spoke with was very helpful. I took the following courses: Managerial Communications and Business Policy. The classes were fast paced, moderately difficult, interesting, and a bit time consuming. We had to write a ton of papers! If I remember correctly, it was a 4 page paper each week. There is a lot to do as well. We have classroom discussions to participate in and give feedback to our peers. I never had to do that before but it was okay. Overall, I am happy that I graduated from TESU (TESC) because it made me a better student. I was more prepared going into my MBA program as opposed to what I was doing at my former university which was more test based.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Just finished BSBA/Accounting
BSBA - June 20, 2016
I recommend TESU. I've been a student off and on for about five years. Just finished my last course yesterday for my BSBA in Accounting. TESU is a regionally accredited, non-profit school that caters to working adults who have some prior college level learning. It is a state school, just like other state schools. You've heard of Ohio State University, right? This is Thomas Edison STATE University. There were a few hiccoughs during the past five years, but I have no regrets about the choice to graduate from TESU. Given that I work full time, it just did not make sense for me to go to a brick-and-mortar school for a bachelors. The administration is good about responding to emails in a timely way, but I suggest only asking one question at a time. Also, if you are asking a question about your academic evaluation, and you do not want your academic eval changed, be sure to mention that in the email. Several times they changed my academic eval when I was only posing a hypothetical question. Go to degreeforum.net to learn more. There is a ton of wisdom there.
BSN/MSN - June 16, 2016
I called to get information about the rn to bsn. I finished my rn program waiting to sit for the boards. but I know I want to continue my education so I called to ask about the program. Spoke with a Jackie from admissions. she was rude. I told her my situation and she keep saying" you have to have a rn for this program before I can speak to an advisor" .I understood that. I just wanted some information about the program and it was like pulling teeth for her to give me anything. I wont be going there.....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
2 of 3 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.)
3 of 3 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 6 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.
6 of 6 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.
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