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.
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.
You are eligible to become an undergraduate student at Thomas Edison State University if you are:
An adult 21 years of age or older (unless you are participating in a special college program) and a high school graduate, or have successfully passed a General Educational Development (GED) test.
Individuals not meeting this criteria, but who feel they warrant special consideration for other reasons may petition the director of Admissions and Enrollment Services 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.
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 take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 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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We accept as many as 120 credits earned at a four-year regionally accredited institution
You can apply to and enroll in Thomas Edison State University anytime during the year!