About Thomas Edison State University

Our History

Thomas Edison State University was founded in 1972 by the New Jersey State Board of Higher Education for the purpose of providing diverse and alternative methods of achieving a collegiate education of the highest quality for adult learners. Identified by Forbes magazine as one of the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation in the use of technology to create learning opportunities for adults, Thomas Edison State University is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The New York Times has stated that Thomas Edison State University is “the college that paved the way for flexibility.” Learn more about the University.

Our Students

Thomas Edison State University is composed of a worldwide community of learners. Our student body represents every state in the U.S. and approximately 60 countries throughout the world. Unlike “traditional” colleges and universities, which are designed to meet the needs of college students who are between 18 and 21 years old, Thomas Edison State University is designed exclusively to serve the needs of adults. The University’s academic programs enable students to plan degree paths and to select learning options that best meet their needs. Course scheduling at Thomas Edison State University enables students to take courses at times convenient to them.

Current Students:

  • Current enrollment: 18,600
  • Average student age: 36
  • 44 percent of students are New Jersey residents
  • 56 percent of students are out-of-state residents (including all 50 states and students from or studying in more than 70 countries)
  • 52 percent of students are male
  • 48 percent of students are female

Alumni Association

All graduates of Thomas Edison State University are automatically members of the Alumni Association – a worldwide organization of more than 50,000 members.

The Alumni Association supports and connects alumni in ways that provide advocacy and support for the University and its mission, while enhancing the personal and professional development of alumni. The Office of Alumni Affairs welcomes inquiries from prospective and current members of this vibrant organization. The University seeks the collective support of alumni in the initiatives of the University that are structured around service, support and advocacy.

Annual giving is one vital way graduates can support the University and help keep tuition affordable; expand academic programs; and improve the University experience through advanced technology and services. For more information, visit www.tesufoundation.org.

The Alumni Association also encourages its members to take part in as many activities as possible, including the Alumni Ambassador Program, advocacy and networking opportunities. Invention magazine, published quarterly, is designed to provide profiles of alumni in their daily pursuits of life and living.

The Alumni section of the University website provides current news, College store, online giving information and the opportunity to network with students and alumni. Current news items for publications or updated information for alumni contact information can be submitted to:

Office of Alumni Affairs
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone: (609) 633-8592
Fax: (609) 943-3023

Awards and Honor Societies

Arnold Fletcher Award

Dr. Arnold Fletcher was the University's first vice president and played an instrumental role developing and leading the institution's academic enterprise. Under his leadership, Thomas Edison developed its first degree programs, appointed its first Academic Council, created its first exam programs and courses and became a pioneer in prior learning assessment. The Arnold Fletcher Award recognizes Thomas Edison State University bachelor’s degree graduates for exceptional achievement in online learning.  Award recipients are selected from each graduating class. The following criteria must be met to earn the award: 

  • 51% of the credits earned at Thomas Edison State University toward the degree must be earned through Thomas Edison State University's online courses with a minimum of 10 courses necessary to be considered for the award.
  • Students must have earned an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
    Thomas Edison State University Courses (online, Guided Study and e-Pack®)

Regina Sanchez-Porter Award

Upsilon Rho Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society

Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society was established in 1945 as a means of recognizing academic excellence for nontraditional students. Thomas Edison State University was accepted into membership by the society in 1996, with the establishment of the Lambda Tau Chapter.

For induction into this society, Thomas Edison State University bachelors degree graduates must meet the following requirements:

  • have an overall Thomas Edison State University grade point average of 3.2
  • have earned from Thomas Edison State University at least 24 graded credits of which 12 credits are in liberal arts/sciences
  • members will be selected only from the top 20 percent of the group of qualified graduates.

Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society

Kappa Delta Pi is an honor society recognizing the academic achievements and professional accomplishments of educators worldwide. Kappa Delta Pi is one of the largest and most prestigious educational honor societies in the world. With more than 500 active chapters, Kappa Delta Pi is dedicated to the ideals of Fidelity to Humanity, Service, Science, and Toil. As part of its goal, KDP recognizes scholarship and enhances the professional development of its members. Thomas Edison State University’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi was established in 2010.

For induction into the Alpha Zeta Epsilon chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at Thomas Edison State University, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Matriculation in either the Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership or Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Program
  • Have an overall Thomas Edison State University grade point average of 3.5
  • Have completed at least six semester hours of graduate course work in Educational Leadership at Thomas Edison State University.

Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society

The School of Business and Management has been approved as a chapter of the international honor society, Sigma Beta Delta. Established in 1994, Sigma Beta Delta is an honor society for students in business, management and administration and serves institutions which offer bachelor’s and graduate degrees in business, management and administration where the institution holds accreditation from one of the six regional accrediting bodies, but not specialized accreditation in business. Thomas Edison State University’s chapter was established in 2009.

Students invited into this society at Thomas Edison State University must meet the following requirements:

  • Students must be candidates for bachelor’s or master’s degrees in business and management
  • Students must have completed at least 12 credits in the School of Business and Management at Thomas Edison State University
  • Undergraduate students must have a Thomas Edison State University grade point average of at least 3.5 and rank in the upper 20 percent of their graduating class
  • Graduate students must have a Thomas Edison State University grade point average of at least 3.75 and rank in the upper 20 percent of their class