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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
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  10,934 (10,217 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  15 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Mission Statement
  Thomas Edison State University provides distinctive undergraduate and graduate education for self-directed adults through flexible, high-quality collegiate learning and assessment opportunities.
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 – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
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 year2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,698$1,698$1,700$1,7000.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$5,670$5,670$5,103$5,1030.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
Off Campus$13,878$14,093$14,670$14,8891.5%
Off Campus with Family$8,208$8,423$9,567$9,7862.3%
Off Campus$16,779$17,095$17,190$17,3370.9%
Off Campus with Family$11,109$11,425$12,087$12,2341.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2018-2019
  • The University enrolls primarily adult, part-time students. The tuition shown represents the University’s comprehension tuition which enables students to take 36 credits over a 12 month period. Room and Board costs and “Other Expenses” are estimates and are for illustrative purposes only. Please use the University's cost calculator to determine tuition costs based on the number of credits taken:
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
  • Thomas Edison State University offers tuition plans that are customized to meet the students' needs and level of engagement with the University. For more information, please see: There is a tuition payment plan available for students who use the Comprehensive Tuition Plan. For more information about the Comprehensive Tuition Payment Plan please visit the website at:
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,846$6,400,080$3,467
Pell grants1,803$6,262,528$3,473
Federal student loans2,020$16,490,687$8,164
  • 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.
  • Thomas Edison State University participates in a number of federal and state financial aid programs. NJ residents who qualify may also be eligible for NJ Tuition Aid Grants. For more information, please visit the University website at

  • 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 2017-2018, therefore net price information was not reported.
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Fall 2018
Total enrollment10,934
Undergraduate enrollment10,217
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,452
Graduate enrollment717
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 1%
Part-time: 99%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 58%
Female: 42%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 14%
Hispanic/Latino: 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 51%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 15%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student Age
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 14%
25 and over: 86%
Age unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2017.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 3%
Part-time: 97%
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: 97%
Enrolled in some distance education: 3%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 0%
Undergraduate application fee (2018-2019): $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.
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 7%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 37%
Enrolled at same institution: 4%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 4%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 38%
Enrolled at same institution: 4%
Enrolled at different institution: 22%
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 8%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 37%
Enrolled at same institution: 4%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2017-2018
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • 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
Business Administration and Management, General35d192d86d--10d
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-17d--2d-
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other6d-----
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other0d-----
Business/Commerce, General0d-----
Finance, General-12d--1d-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General-27d18d-0d2d
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-23d--2d-
Operations Management and Supervision-10d--3d-
Category total41d336d104d-9d12d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other-----0d
Category total-----0d
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General----5d-
Information Technology--9d---
Category total--9d-5d-
Education, General-----2d
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--15d--9d
Educational/Instructional Technology--3d---
Category total--18d--11d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General----0d-
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other68d-----
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician----7d-
Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician--0d---
Category total68d-0d-7d-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other52d-----
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other-5d----
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator-3d----
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-46d----
Nursing Administration-----0d
Nursing Education-----0d
Nursing Practice---4d--
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other-----0d
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician-1d----
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other--48d--0d
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-232d0d--0d
Category total52d287d48d4d-0d
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Homeland Security--11d---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other-42d---1d
Category total-42d11d--1d
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-167d----
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies77d335d----
Category total77d502d----
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-2d----
Category total-2d----
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other36d-----
Category total36d-----
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences, Other39d-----
Category total39d-----
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences15d132d----
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other70d409d20d-3d-
Category total85d541d20d-3d-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other----0d-
Category total----0d-
Industrial and Organizational Psychology-----1d
Category total-----1d
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General5d5d----
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other--5d---
Category total5d5d5d---
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, General-185d----
Category total-185d----
Grand total4031,90021542425
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 University 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 University's services and programs for Servicemembers and Veterans, please visit the website:
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2017-2018
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 1005
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 111
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 3060
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 25
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: $4,499
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $8,877
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $1,751
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,491
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
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Middle States Commission on Higher EducationAccredited since (01/01/1977)11/30/2021
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's programAccredited since ((!)02/01/2012)12/31/2020
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate programAccredited since (09/01/1990)12/31/2020
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levelsAccredited since (09/20/2017)08/01/2022
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levelsAccredited since (11/05/2008)6/30/2024
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levelsAccredited since (11/05/2008)6/30/2024
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs:
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Statutory rape000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • 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.
  • 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
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201620152014
Default rate7.1%6.0%6.4%
Number in default141147133
Number in repayment1,9802,4412,073
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)