Thomas Edison State College
101 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608-1176
(888) 442-8372
Accrediting Agency:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Named after Thomas Edison, Thomas Edison State College was founded in 1972. Today, the college operates as a public institution in Trenton, N.J. It is one of the first schools in the country that was specifically designed for adults. All courses provide students flexible and self-directed learning opportunities. Students of Thomas Edison can choose from more than 100 areas of study. Currently, more than 20,000 students from all over the U.S. and more than 70 countries attend the college.

Programs Offered

Thomas Edison State College offers online associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees along with graduate certificate programs and professional certificates. Students can earn a degree online through the online school, e-Pack program, or through guided study. All online programs operate on a 12-week timeline. Online classes are guided by mentors and require that students take a proctored exam at a location near their home. E-Pack courses are suited for independent learners and involve study materials and online quizzes. They do not require assignments and mentor interaction. The guided study courses allow students to study independently and use online texts, study guides, video and audio recordings, CD-ROMS, DVD, and streaming video.


Thomas Edison State College has held accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1977.


All undergraduate applicants are eligible for admission if they are an adult 21 years or older and are a high school graduate or passed a GED test. Students that do not meet these requirements may apply for special consideration. Students wanting to enter the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must hold a registered nurse license. Graduate students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, have a GPA of 2.75, have three to five years of professional work experience, and must submit a personal essay and letters of recommendation.

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