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Transfer Credit Policy and Guidelines

Transfer Credit Policy

Thomas Edison State University has one of the most flexible transfer credit policies in the country. At Thomas Edison State University, what matters is that you possess college-level knowledge – no matter how you acquired it. Toward that end, Thomas Edison State University staff will evaluate learning and appropriately determine application toward degree completion.

Thomas Edison State University will accept credit in transfer for courses completed at colleges and universities accredited by the six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as providing the accreditation and pre-accreditation (“Candidacy status”) to postsecondary degree-granting educational institutions.

In addition, the University offers a host of ways to earn credit for knowledge obtained in non-collegiate settings.
Examples include:

  • Courses and examinations approved through the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) and the American Council on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service.
  • Military service schools as recommended by the American Council on Education. Learn more.
  • Licenses, certifications and programs of study approved by Thomas Edison State University's Graduate or Undergraduate Council. Learn more.
  • Credit recommendations from a required course-by-course international credit evaluation completed by one of the following agencies: Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI); Center for Applied Research, Evaluations & Education, Inc.; Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE); World Educational Services, Inc. (WES); SDR Educational Consultants; SpanTran Evaluation Services; and Transcript Research. Learn more.
  • Thomas Edison State University may accept in direct transfer college-level credits earned at institutions accredited by national accreditation associations that have developed formal articulation agreements with Thomas Edison State University. Articulation agreements are posted at as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.
  • College-level skills and knowledge acquired outside the classroom or through courses from non-accredited institutions or institutions not reviewed by one of the aforementioned organizations may be validated through a variety of methods or testing options and/or through the Center for the Assessment of Learning at Thomas Edison State University.

Articulation Agreements
Thomas Edison State University has entered into articulation agreements with many colleges and universities. An articulation agreement is a formal agreement or partnership between Thomas Edison State University and another institution of higher education. These articulation agreements determine which courses will transfer for degree credit or fulfill Thomas Edison State University course equivalencies.

Thomas Edison State University maintains specialized articulation agreements with the following institutions:

  • StraighterLine, Inc.
  • PC Age Career Institute, NJ
  • Cumberland County College, NJ
  • Bergen Community College, NJ
  • Brookdale Community College, NJ
  • Mercer County Community College, NJ
  • Atlantic Cape Community College, NJ
  • Ocean County Community College, NJ
  • Bossier Parish Community College, LA
  • County College of Morris, NJ
  • De Anza College, CA
  • Raritan Valley Community College, NJ
  • Rutgers, NJ
  • Bucks County Community College, PA
  • Augusta Technical College, GA

Details on the terms of any Thomas Edison State University’s current or historical articulation agreements should be referred to the Office of the Registrar at

NJ Transfer
Thomas Edison State University also participates in NJ Transfer. This program provides a statewide transfer agreement process to determine the transferability of courses to participating New Jersey colleges and universities. Participating institutions are listed at

Thomas Edison State University is covered by, and will strive to adhere to, the tenets of the Comprehensive Statewide Transfer Agreement adopted by New Jersey President’s Council on Sept. 22, 2008. Students who wish more specific information concerning the transfer of credit should contact the University at; Attention: Director of Transfer Evaluations.

Transfer Credit Guidelines

Regionally Accredited Institutions

  • If you studied at a regionally accredited community college, you may apply up to 90 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, we can accept your credits, provided the institutions are regionally accredited.

Non-Collegiate Providers

  • Thomas Edison State University generally accepts the credit recommendations of ACE and NCCRS, however the University reserves the right to determine which recommendations will be accepted. The University maintains an Approved Provider Directory of approved non-collegiate providers recommended by either ACE or NCCRs. Visit Educational Provider Review for more information on becoming an approved provider.
    • The limit of National CCRS and ACE credits from a single source is 90 credits for a bachelor’s degree and 45 credits for an associate’s degree.

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

  • Thomas Edison State University will accept a maximum of 70 semester hours of credit earned in one subject area toward a baccalaureate degree.
  • A maximum of 30 graduate semester hours can be applied toward the requirements of a baccalaureate degree and a maximum of 15 semester hours of graduate credit can be applied toward the requirements of an associate degree.
  • Thomas Edison State University accepts courses with a grade of C or better into the area of study for associate and baccalaureate degrees.
  • 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.

If your credits were earned on a quarter system, the following conversion applies:

  • 2 quarter hours = 1.33 semester hours
  • 3 quarter hours = 2 semester hours
  • 4 quarter hours = 2.66 semester hours
  • 5 quarter hours = 3.33 semester hours

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