Thomas Edison State College

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  • TECEP Testing

    May 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Convenient Quick way to earn credit.
    Cons: Must be motivated with good study habits.

    Summary: The TECEP tests, which stand for Thomas Edison College Examination Program, are an excellent way to earn college credit. These tests are very similar to the DANTES tests that are offered at most colleges and universities. These tests are recognized by ... read more

  • For self starters and the motivated, no slackers!

    May 15, 2009 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Very inexpensive
    Flexible credit options
    Helpful staff
    Cons: Some mentors not very responsive
    Expensive book store (try

    Summary: I'm a TESC grad.  It wasn't all peaches and cream, but it was doable with my schedule and far less expensive than any other college (barring the local community college).  It's FAR less expensive than Phoenix University.  FAR FAR FAR less ... read more

  • Great for motivated learners

    Mar 18, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: College without required lectures.
    Cons: Fees for everything. Your employer may pay these. Mine did.

    Summary: I loved TESC. I went to several colleges/universities before finishing out my degree program here. I took full advantage of the opportunity to test out of courses - DANTES, CLEP, TECEP. I also completed four DIAL courses. While I found some of ... read more

  • review from a current TESC student

    Dec 23, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: quick, credible way to earn credits. State government blessing.
    Cons: grade reports take wayyyyy too long.

    Summary: My experiences with online(DIAL) Thomas Edison State College classes have been very positive so far. One thing you need to know before taking an online class, at least at TESC, is this, you will not be taught, you learn from studying. The mentors give ... read more

  • Don't even bother with Thomas Edison State College!

    Aug 21, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: none
    Cons: Support staff is the absolute worst.

    Summary: I am a graduate of Thomas Edison State College and unfortunately I cannot recommend this college. Th ... read more

  • Excellent school for working adults.

    Jun 13, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Acceptance of credits from various sources.
    Cons: none.

    Summary: I liked 'attending' TESC. I had credits from another university and was able to apply them to my TES ... read more

  • Education at a pric$$$

    Jul 28, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: You can study at your own pace.
    Cons: Very bad customer service. You will have to follow up on all grade postings.

    Summary: Having recently completed a degree program through TESC, I feel I can speak as a now former student. Initially my records were mixed with another students, so I had credit for classes not taken. When I reported this the classes were removed, ... read more

  • Outside the classroom learning.

    Jul 19, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great mentors, learn from your own home or place of employment.
    Cons: None

    Summary: I have been a student at Thomas Edison State College for almost 2 years now. I have nothing but good things to say about the college. The mentors are extremely helpful and experts in their field. They want to see you succeed and make every effort in ... read more

  • TESC(your time is now?)

    Dec 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: No classroom, many ways to test away credits
    Cons: slow moving and indecisive staffing

    Summary: I am a working adult and when I discovered this college "Without Walls" I was rather excited. I could take classes on my own time and not be restrained by traditional methods like going to classes at a particular time and place. This concept ... read more

  • Graduate Program

    Mar 12, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Variety of options for obtaining a degree
    Cons: Course materials can be too expensive

    Summary: I will be graduating in the near future and found my experience for the most part with TESC has been a rewarding one. I just wish the school offered a Graduate program in Counseling Psychology. My one major complaint about the school is the ... read more

  • Hidden Danger

    Mar 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Faculty
    Cons: Too many to list.

    Summary: My biggest complaint about TESC is the lack of professionalism in its employees. They don't seem to want to help when I call and basically don't care. The administrative staff uses every excuse in the book for not having answers to my questions. I had ... read more

  • Fight for you Money

    Jan 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Someday you actually get your check.
    Cons: You have to continually call to find out when you are getting your checks.

    Summary: Since this school is a complete external degree program college you have to rely on communication (either telephone or email) to succeed in this environment. For two semesters it took three to four months for me to receive my financial aid checks. I ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • poor customer service

    Sep 20, 2011 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Transfered 102 credits for Bachelor in Clinical Lab Science.  Most was Army training. 
    Cons: Apathetic and lazy customer service from the Military and Veteran Education Department. 

    Summary: Started paperwork to get my tuition reimbursement using GI Bill in early May.  It is now Sept 20 and they are still giving me the run around.  There excuse has been narrowed down to Deborah Ware is on leave.  Who is this lady and how ... read more


    Mar 17, 2009 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: You heard the pros
    Cons: You don't learn.  You graduate.  Get real.

    Summary: Okay.  Here is the real skinny on Thomas Edison State College.  If you want a quick fix college degree -- not the garbage of academia -- go for works fast.  Try and take FEMA classes as electives, so you avoid their ... read more

  • A Total Ripoff - Buyer Beware!

    Apr 18, 2008 by
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    Pros: NONE!
    Cons: Expensive. Extremely High Fees, Little in way of return.

    Summary: Stay away from this school. This seemed like a good idea at first. Take online classes to finish a degree. I signed up for an online class here. I received federal financial aid. The school took $2100 for an "Annual Tuition Fee" and then charged ... read more

  • Good for Self Motivators

    Dec 15, 2007 by
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    Pros: Many ways to earn credit
    Cons: You must be a self starter

    Summary: I am currently a student at Edison, having taken 10 online courses and 2 Prior Learning Assessments, and am about to graduate in a few months. I have not had any of the problems that another reviewer had, although I have not had any financial aid and ... read more

  • A Good Deal

    Aug 25, 2006 by
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    Pros: Allows for flexible schedules, accepts credits from most schools and exams like CLEP.
    Cons: Slow administration process. Periods of confusion by administrative workers.

    Summary: This is a very good way for a busy person to complete college work. The mentors are very well qualified although some of them are very slow to provide feedback to assignments and to post grades. Counselors and administrative workers have always been very ... read more

  • Great Way to Go Back to College

    Jun 23, 2006 by
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    Pros: It's the best deal out there for adults who want a real college degree.
    Cons: Why didn't I start work on my college degree before now?

    Summary: I recently enrolled at this college and strongly recommend it to anyone who is serious about going back to finish (or even start) your college degree. It was just what I was hoping to find -- a college that is flexible enough to make it possible to be a ... read more

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