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Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the requirements for admission to Thomas Edison State University?
There are no tests (such as the SAT) required for admission to Thomas Edison State University. As long as you are a high school graduate or have your GED equivalency, and are 21 years of age or older, you are eligible to be admitted to Thomas Edison State University.

Will I have to attend classes at Thomas Edison State University's campus in Trenton?
No, Thomas Edison State University delivers a high quality education directly to you wherever you live or work. There are no on-campus residency requirements, eliminating the need for students to travel to our campus in Trenton, N.J. Testing is done through the use of proctors at a testing site convenient to the student or can be completed at the University's testing facility. All contact with the University may occur on the Web, by phone and through the mail or email, including application, enrollment, course and test registration, or academic advisement.

How do I get my books?
Students are responsible for acquiring all the textbooks and materials required for the courses. The cost for course materials is not included in your tuition and registration fees.

All Guided Study courses require a Course Manual. The University now offers manuals on the Thomas Edison State University Web, free of charge. If you prefer, you may access the Manuals through the University Web site and select the materials you need to download. Alternately, course materials are available for purchase through MBS Direct, the University's textbook provider. They can be accessed by visiting the bookstore section of the University's Web site or by calling toll-free (800) 325-3252.

Will my Thomas Edison State University degree be applicable toward a higher degree at either Thomas Edison State University or other colleges and universities?
Yes. The 60 credits taken in your certificate program and your Associate in Science degree program are applicable towards a bachelor's degree at Thomas Edison State University. Our academic advisers can assist you in mapping out a baccalaureate degree plan that's right for you.

Why Thomas Edison State University rather than another college or university?
This is a purely individual decision. Curves chose to pursue the relationship with Thomas Edison State University because of its belief in the University's ability to offer a unique alternative that addresses the specific needs of Curves franchise owners and employees. More specifically, Thomas Edison State University:

  • is one of New Jersey's 11 senior public institutions of higher learning and is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • worked directly with Curves founder and CEO Gary Heavin to insure the Fitness and Wellness Services program is complimentary to the specialized needs of Curves franchise owners and employees.
  • developed programs are aimed specifically at the working, adult student. The University's methods of earning credits take maximum advantage of prior educational experiences, potentially reducing the time required to earn a certificate or degree.
  • offers continuing educational paths for the adult student to achieve higher academic degrees.
  • has flexible credit-earning options that allow students more time to meet family obligations or professional demands and still be able to pursue a quality college education.

Does Curves benefit from its relationship with Thomas Edison State University?
Absolutely! Curves benefits directly from the success of its franchise owners and employees. Through the knowledge you gain in this program, your members will benefit from a high quality fitness experience.

What are my next steps?
Fitness and Wellness courses are offered every other month at Thomas Edison State University. Curves franchise owners and employees may apply and enroll at any time. Prospective students are also encouraged to browse the Thomas Edison State University Web site to learn more about the University, email us at or call toll free (888) 442-8372. When contacting Thomas Edison State University, be sure to refer to the special degree program for Curves franchise owners and employees.

Application Instructions: If you are applying as part of your partnership program, you will be asked to identify your employer or affiliation. Step five of the online application will ask, "Are you employed by or affiliated with a Thomas Edison State University partnership program?" Select "Yes" for this question and then choose your employer or affiliation from the drop down menu. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at (888) 442-8372 or email us at

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If you have previous college credit, have official copies of transcripts and credentials sent to the University Registrar at Thomas Edison State University, Office of the Registrar, 167 West Hanover Street, Trenton, NJ 08618.

Enroll at Thomas Edison State University by paying the $75 application fee.

Map out your certificate/degree plan by consulting one of the academic advisors at Thomas Edison State University.

Register for classes and soon you'll be able to tell your customers and friends that you have a certificate and/or a college degree in Fitness and Wellness!


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