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At a Glance

Chartered in 1972, Thomas Edison State University is one of New Jersey’s 11 senior public institutions of higher learning and one of the oldest schools in the country designed specifically for adults. The University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in more than 100 areas of study as well as undergraduate, graduate and professional certificates. The University is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of the University.


Accreditation top of page

Thomas Edison State University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3264 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 284-5000
CCNEThe baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice program at Thomas Edison State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Thomas Edison State University is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing.
New Jersey Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 45010
Newark, NJ 07101
(973) 504-6430
The University’s Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.
Teacher Education Accreditation Council
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 320, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-7236
The University’s bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology and Electronic Systems Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET
111 Market Pl., Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 347-7700
The University's associate degree program and undergraduate certificate in Polysomnography are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350
ACBSPUndergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Business and Management have been accredited by The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213

Enrollment top of page

Approximately 17,200 students served.
More than 56,460 cumulative degrees awarded.

Student Profile top of page

The average student age is 35. The student body represents residents from all 50 states and approximately 60 countries throughout the world.

Earning Credit for What You Already Know top of page

  • Examination programs, including Thomas Edison Credit-by-Examination Program (TECEP®) and others, such as the College- Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Professional and military training, including programs evaluated by the American Council for Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service
  • Professional licenses, certifications and corporate courses reviewed by the Office for Assessment of Professional and Workplace Learning
  • Portfolio assessment, which demonstrates college-level knowledge acquired outside the classroom

Transferring Credits top of page

Students may transfer credits earned from other regionally accredited colleges and universities:

  • If you studied at a regionally accredited community college, you may apply up to 80 credits.
  • If you studied at a regionally accredited four-year institution, you may fulfill all your degree requirements with transfer credit except the two required courses from TESU:
    • SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy
    • Capstone Course
  • If you have studied at more than one institution, the University can accept your credits, provided the institutions are regionally accredited.

Taking Courses top of page

  • Online courses - require the completion of assignments, examinations and final projects, and also require participation in online discussions
  • Guided Study courses - completed independently using textbooks, DVDs, streaming online video and other course materials
  • e-Pack® courses - online self-assessments that help independent learners master course material in preparation for a final examination

Serving the U.S. Military and Veterans top of page

The Office of Military and Veteran Education serves active duty, guard, reserve and veterans of the U.S. military. The University's Military Degree Completion Program enables military students to engage in degree programs wherever they are stationed or deployed.  The University is also a partnering institution with Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, GoArmyEd and Navy College Programs. The University enables veterans and their families to maximize their GI education benefits.

Building Partnerships top of page

The Office of Strategic Partnerships develops corporate partnerships with businesses that maximize tuition assistance programs.

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