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Thomas Edison State College

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Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey is one of the only colleges in the United States to offer higher education geared specifically for adults. The school offers programs and certificates in over 100 areas with flexible scheduling. The school offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

Programs at the school include Anthropology, Foreign Language and Public Administration. The school also offers many ways to earn the credit including online classes, “flash track” classes and 12-week guided study classes.

Thomas Edison offers a Bachelor’s degree in Air Traffic Control. This 120-credit program is designed from standards written by the FAA. Courses in this program include meteorology, navigation and physics.

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trial Management was designed by pharmaceutical and research organization specialists in the clinical research field. The 12 credit program can transfer easily into a Master of Science in Management or the Liberal Studies Program.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is offered through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UNDNJ). Designed for those employed in the allied health field, the degree requires students to hold some professional licenses. Students accepted into this program must pay UMDNJ tuition rates and must complete their requirements.

The Associate Degree in Surveying is a 60 credit program designed for people already in the field. Graduates can easily transition to other bachelor of Science Programs.

Thomas Edison State College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The RN program is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Edison has pioneered a program called the Prior Learning Assessment. The program assesses knowledge that adults have learned in their experiences outside the college classroom. Students may use this assessment to gain college credit through their experience.

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Students must be at least 21 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Students under the age of 21 may be admitted in special circumstances. Students may apply at any time during the year and may apply online.

Students must fill out an application and pay a non-refundable fee, previous college transcripts must be submitted to the Admissions office, and transcripts of all licenses and certifications as well as professional training programs.

Students in the nursing program have to have a valid registered nurse license in the US.

International students may apply online and are charges a non-refundable application fee. Students in this program must also submit test results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Financial Aid

Students must submit a FAFSA to be considered for admission. A Thomas Edison State College Application for Financial Aid must also be filled out prior to acceptance.

Thomas Edison State College offers a Veteran’s Benefit Packet that outlines steps and procedures for Veteran’s Administration educational benefits.

Scholarships are awarded to students based on certain requirements and criteria from the school including holding a 3.0 GPA at the time of application and completing a minimum of 12 Thomas Edison State College credits each academic year since enrollment.

Scholarships awarded include the Pruitt Endowed Presidential Scholarship and the Smilak Memorial Scholarship.

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Thomas Edison State College was founded in 1972 in Trenton, New Jersey. The campus of Thomas Edison is located close to New Jersey’s State House historic district and consists of five buildings. The school has more than 13,100 students from every state in the country and more than 70 countries around the world.

All Thomas Edison State College students have free access to the New Jersey State Library.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 641 0.75
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 23 0.03
Forcible Rape 25 0.03
Robbery 519 0.61
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,138 1.34
Larceny 993 1.17
Vehicle theft 439 0.52

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Trenton, NJ 08608-1176
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population1,095 (1,095 urban / N/A rural)
Households434 (1.95 people per house)
Median Household Income$17,083
Families155 (3.18 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3412

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3807th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,700 $5,700 $8,395
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $170 $170 $229
FT Graduate Tuition $10,782 $10,782 $10,782
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $599 $599 $599
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $7,398 $7,398 $10,093
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,384 $13,384 $16,079
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,798 $7,798 $10,493

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,322 $5,508 $5,322 $5,508 $7,837 $8,111
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,676 $1,664
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,472 $5,465
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $321 $334
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $321 $334

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of FT Faculty N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of PT Faculty N/A
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits N/A

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