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IPEDS ID: 187046
OPE ID: 02192200
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Thomas Edison State University
111 W State St, Trenton, New Jersey 08608
General information:  (609) 984-1100 x2025
Website:  www.tesc.edu
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  13,093 (12,283 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  
15 to 1View note
Thomas Edison State University serves primarily adult students at a distance. The course section size may vary from semester to semester; the maximum course section size is 15 students. On average, it is 7:1. The College uses mentors to facilitate students' academic progress. There are 12 semesters per year.
Admissionswww.tesc.edu/admissions/admissions.php
Apply Onlinewww.tesc.edu/809.php
Financial Aidwww.tesc.edu/858.php
Net Price Calculatorwww.tesc.edu/net_price_calc.php
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veteranswww.tesc.edu/military/Tuition-Fees.cfm
Mission Statement
  Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. For more information about the College's mission and purpose, please visit: http://www.tesc.edu/about/mission.cfm.
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Credit Accepted
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
  • Faculty data not available.
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
In-state$5,508$5,700$5,871$6,1354.5%
Out-of-state$8,111$8,395$8,647$9,0364.5%
Books and supplies$1,664$1,698$1,698$1,6980.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$5,465$5,586$5,670$5,6700.0%
Other$334$400$357$3755.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$334$400$357$3755.0%
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
In-state
Off Campus$12,971$13,384$13,596$13,8782.1%
Off Campus with Family$7,506$7,798$7,926$8,2083.6%
Out-of-state
Off Campus$15,574$16,079$16,372$16,7792.5%
Off Campus with Family$10,109$10,493$10,702$11,1093.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
Tuition$11,610
Fees$0
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition planX
  • Thomas Edison State College offers several tuition plans that are customized to meet the students' needs and level of engagement with the College. For more information, please see:http:/www.tesc.edu/tuition/tuition-fees/cfm for details.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,57414%$5,694,000$2,212
Pell grants2,47913%$5,453,000$2,200
Federal student loans5,12227%$21,630,000$4,223
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in 2014-2015, therefore net price information was not reported.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment13,093
Undergraduate enrollment12,283
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,748
Graduate enrollment810
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 1%
Part-time: 99%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 55%
Female: 45%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 15%
Hispanic/Latino: 9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 52%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 15%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student Age
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 13%
25 and over: 87%
Age unknown: 0%
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 0%
Part-time: 100%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 99%
Enrolled in some distance education: 1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 100%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $75
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
  • This institution did not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in the cohort year, therefore graduation rate information was not reported.
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterUndergraduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting-70d-1d-
Business Administration and Management, General44d194d80d-19d
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-34d-0d-
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other14d----
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other1d----
Business/Commerce, General1d----
Finance, General-13d---
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General-44d15d1d6d
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-25d-0d-
Operations Management and Supervision-23d-5d-
Category total60d403d95d7d25d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other----1d
Category total----1d
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General---2d-
Category total---2d-
Education
Education, General----7d
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--23d-7d
Educational/Instructional Technology--1d--
Category total--24d-14d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General---0d-
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other124d----
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician---7d-
Category total124d--7d-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other122d----
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other-0d---
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator-0d---
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-57d---
Nursing Education----1d
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other----1d
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other--69d-0d
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-440d0d-0d
Category total122d497d69d-2d
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Homeland Security--1d--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other-62d--8d
Category total-62d1d-8d
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-534d---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies90d----
Category total90d534d---
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other52d----
Category total52d----
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences, Other87d----
Category total87d----
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences4d148d---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other48d431d32d0d-
Category total52d579d32d0d-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other---0d-
Category total---0d-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General0d9d---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other--5d--
Category total0d9d5d--
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, General-361d---
Category total-361d---
Grand total5872,4452261650
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  • Thomas Edison State College has developed programs with each branch of the U.S. Military and has been providing specialized educational opportunities for members of the United States military for more than three decades. For more information about the College's services and programs for Servicemembers and Veterans, please visit the website: www.tesc.edu/military.
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 951
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 96
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 3298
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 31
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $4,252
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $6,677
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $1,757
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,548
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 78%
Part-time students: 76%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education1/1/1977 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program9/1/1990 -  Accredited
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program(!)2/1/2012 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels4/25/2009 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels4/25/2009 -  Accredited
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2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible00
Rape0
Fondling0
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery200
Aggravated assault000
Burglary000
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate5.0%6.1%4.9%
Number in default999867
Number in repayment1,9451,5811,349
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)