Explaining Your Evaluation

Understanding your Academic Evaluation
Understanding Your Academic Evaluation

How do I read my academic evaluation?

Your academic evaluation is organized into different requirements to be fulfilled to earn a degree (i.e. General Education, Area of Study, Free Electives). Students and applicants already familiar with the previous format will see that their new web-based evaluation is organized so that it includes the same general categories, but is easier to interpret and navigate. 

As you complete your degree requirements, the credit will appear on your academic evaluation with the corresponding grade. Enrolled students can also plan courses into the academic evaluation, with the assistance of an academic advisor.

For detailed information regarding the TESU’s General Education requirements, please visit General Education Courses.


What does my GPA mean on my academic evaluation?

Overall GPA Met” – YES means that you have above the 2.0 necessary for your overall GPA; NO means that you are below an overall 2.0.

TESU GPA” reflects the GPA of all TESU coursework taken. This must be at least a 2.0 for graduation for undergraduate students, and a 3.0 for graduate students.

For more information on TESU’s GPA policy, please visit the University Catalog Policy on Grading


I am reenrolling to TESU. Will my academic evaluation be different?

Students returning to TESU will be placed into the current catalog, which may result in academic policy and degree program/requirement changes. Please visit the current University Catalog for more information.

Enrolled students who officially request a Leave of Absence from the University and re-enroll within a one-year period may complete the degree requirements that were in effect at the time of their initial enrollment if they continue in the same degree. Please visit the current University Catalog for more information.


Why doesn't all of my transfer credit apply to my academic evaluation?

There are many reasons that coursework may not fulfill the different degree requirements of your academic evaluation.

Coursework that is not used towards your degree is listed at the end of your academic evaluation under OTHER COURSES.

Academic policies such as the following may also limit your use of transfer credit:

  • Foreign Credit:
    A maximum of 90 semester hours of foreign credit that has been reviewed by certain foreign credential review agencies can be applied toward the requirements of a baccalaureate degree and a maximum of 45 semester hours can be applied toward the requirements of an associate degree.

    TESU also only awards credit for courses listed from foreign credential review agencies with an equivalent grade of C and above.

    For a full listing of International Student Policies, please visit International Student Policies.
  • Community College Credit:
    Thomas Edison State University will accept a maximum of 80 semester hours of lower-level transfer credit from junior, county or community college toward a baccalaureate degree.
  • Subject Area Maximum:
    Thomas Edison State University will accept a maximum of 70 semester hours of credit earned in one subject area toward a baccalaureate degree.
  • ACE/NCCRS Maximum:
    Thomas Edison State University limits the number of credits that are accepted in transfer based on courses and examinations approved through the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) and the American Council on Education’s (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service. A maximum of 90 semester hours of credit may be transferred in from a single source toward a bachelor’s degree and 45 semester hours may be transferred in from a single source toward an associate degree.
  • Thomas Edison State University accepts courses with a grade of C or better into the area of study of all degrees.


When is my file updated?

Your file will be updated whenever additional transcripts or documentation is received by the University following the completion of your initial academic evaluation, provided you are an actively enrolled student. Please note that prior to enrolling with the University, applicants are granted two evaluations.


What is an overage?

When a section of the degree is completed using more than the required amount of credits, there is an overage. The number of credits “over” the required amount can often be applied to other sections of the degree.


What do I still need to take?

Note the blank lines on the evaluation. You can discuss your specific degree needs with an academic advisor.


What is an equivalency?

This is an internal course number the University assigns to all transferred credits accepted from external sources. An equivalency is identified underneath TESU# on your evaluation.


What do my credits listed under “Other Courses” on my evaluation mean?

These are credits in subject areas that do not meet your degree requirements, or courses that are not needed to complete your degree.


How do I know if a course is offered at Thomas Edison State University or if I have to take it elsewhere?

You can view a full list of the courses offered by Thomas Edison State University on the University web site here:


When do I make an appointment with an advisor?

Applicants and newly admitted students who have received their academic evaluation should an schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. It is advised that your academic evaluation has been completed prior to your appointment to ensure that you are properly advised.  Enrolled students are also encouraged to schedule advising appointments to ensure courses they are registering for will fulfill their degree requirements.


Have questions about Your Academic Evaluation?

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Enrolled students can make an appointment with an Academic Advisor

Applicants and Enrolled students can call the University’s Learner Support Center at (888) 442-8372 or via lsc@tesu.edu