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Applicants Under 21

Thomas Edison State University was established to serve adult learners. Its mission “…provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults.” The University’s admission policy is reflective of its mission and purpose. Application for admissions does not guarantee admission to the University.

Criteria for Admission:

In order to be admitted to the University, an applicant must:

  • Possess a high school degree or its GED equivalent, and
  • Be 21 years of age or older, or 18 years or older and an active member of the United States military (not applicable to military spouses, dependents or relations).
  • Individuals under 18 years of age will not be permitted to take courses or enroll in the University.

Admission Waiver:

  • Applicants (degree seeking and non-matriculated) who are 18-20 years, and who do not meet the military criteria for admission may apply for special consideration by:
    • If you possess a high school degree or GED equivalent, and have earned a minimum of 24 credits from a regionally accredited college/university with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
    • Complete the Age Waiver Petition Request Form
  • Applicants who have earned less than 24 credits or have earned their credits from an approved University course provider who is not regionally accredited must take the Accuplacer, Next Generation examination within 30 days of applying and achieve scores of:
    • Reading Comprehension: 236 or higher
    • Sentence Skills: 241 or higher
    • Arithmetic: 216 or higher

Students are limited to taking the Accuplacer examination to two times within a 12 month period.

To request that Accuplacer information be sent to you, please complete the Age Waiver Petition Request Form.

It is strongly encouraged that applicants between the ages of 18-20 make filling out the Age Waiver Petition Request Form their first step in the application process.