Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Thomas Edison State University was created for and serves self-directed adult students by offering the opportunity for qualified persons to earn college degrees and credits. The U.S. Department of Education defines the adult learner, in part, as anyone “engaged in some form of instruction or educational activity to acquire the knowledge, information, and skills necessary to succeed in the workforce, learn basic skills, earn credentials, or otherwise enrich their lives.”

A significant portion of adult learners will often exhibit one or more of these seven characteristics:

  • have delayed enrollment into postsecondary education
  • attend part time
  • be financially independent of parents
  • work full time while enrolled
  • have dependents other than a spouse
  • be a single parent
  • lack a standard high school diploma

Thomas Edison State University is committed to assisting self-directed adult students achieve their educational goals. Those students best served by this institution are strongly motivated adult learners who have, though not exclusively, acquired or are acquiring college-level learning in non-collegiate settings.

Thomas Edison State University students are expected to enter the institution with sufficient preparation to benefit from and successfully participate in college-level learning opportunities and college courses. Admission will normally be granted to any individual who possess a U.S. high school diploma, or its equivalent, and meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • is at least 21 years of age (unless participating in a special College program); or
  • is currently serving on active duty with the armed forces of the United States; or
  • already possesses an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Individuals not meeting this criteria, but who feel they warrant special consideration for other reasons may petition the director of Admissions and present appropriate documentation to support their being accepted to the University. Students admitted through special consideration are subject to the same academic policies and requirements as those admitted unconditionally.

Thomas Edison State University contracts with professional organizations, businesses, governmental entities, and other colleges and universities for the delivery of various educational services. Individuals affiliated with these groups seeking to enroll at the University will be subject to the admissions qualifications contained in the relevant contracts. (Interested parties should contact their human resources department or admissions@tesu.edu to determine if their employer currently contracts with the University for higher education opportunities and if their agreements contain any unique admissions requirements.)

The University maintains sole discretion for determining those students who would benefit appropriately from the learning and educational processes of this institution. The University also has the discretion to require applicants to submit any information that the University deems significant, including documentation from other institutions that requires an applicant’s consent for release. Failure to cooperate and/or to follow the admissions procedures and University directions may result in revised status, including the rescission of admission. The University reserves the authority to revise an applicant’s status at any time, based on continued consideration of eligibility, up until the time an applicant becomes an enrolled student. Thomas Edison State University is an Equal Opportunity institution, in compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws and regulations.