Founded 1972, Trenton
Thomas Edison State University (TESU) provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s 11 senior public institutions of higher education and the only institution in New Jersey dedicated exclusively to adults, the university offers associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs in more than 100 areas of study. The university also offers undergraduate, graduate and noncredit professional certificates.
For more than 40 years, the university has pioneered the use of the latest technologies to develop flexible, high-quality educational programs for adults, and has served as a national leader in the assessment of adult learning. The New York Times called Thomas Edison “the college that paved the way for flexibility.”
The entire academic program at the university revolves around the needs of adults, removing the barriers that limit many adult students who cannot sacrifice their personal and professional responsibilities to pursue their education. Students earn credit through a variety of methods designed exclusively for adult learners, including online courses, guided independent study, examination programs, courses delivered via mobile devices, as well as by maximizing the transfer of credits earned from other regionally accredited institutions, earning credit for professional and/or military training, and demonstrating college-level knowledge acquired outside a traditional classroom through prior learning assessment.