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Undergraduate Admissions

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.

Criteria for Admission:

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:

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

Admission Waiver:
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:

  • 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 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:

  • A registered nurse license valid in the United States, as well. More about applying to the online nursing program.

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!

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Thomas Edison State University has one of the most flexible transfer credit policies in the country.

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Application Deadline

You can apply to and enroll in Thomas Edison State University anytime during the year!

Vietthi Nguyen, BSAST

As a military member, I am busy serving our country, protecting our freedom and serving my family…TESU was the number one pick for me because it offers flexibility..."

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