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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."
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.
We are pleased that you are applying to the University for an associate or bachelor's degree program. We welcome community and county college students. We value your experience and applaud your decision to continue your studies.
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.
In order to be admitted to the University as a regular student, an applicant must:
Applicants (degree seeking and nonmatriculated) who are 18-20 years and who do not meet the military criteria for admission may apply for special consideration by:
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:
Students are limited to taking the University assessment 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.
Students admitted through special consideration are subject to the same academic policies and requirements as those admitted unconditionally.
If you are applying for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, you must have:
You do not need to take the SAT or ACT. However, international students whose country of origin is not English-speaking must provide scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Learn more about applying as an international student.
You do not need to worry about application deadlines either. The University offers 12 terms during the year.
Congratulations on the decision to apply!
Thomas Edison State University has one of the most flexible transfer credit policies in the country.
You can apply to and enroll in Thomas Edison State University anytime during the year!