College Once Again Named Top Best Buy in US

August 12, 2011

The Bachelor of Arts in degree in Computer Science at Thomas Edison State College has been ranked as one of the top three best buys in the country for online regionally accredited undergraduate computer sciences degrees, according to a national survey conducted by

According to the survey, which examined publicly posted tuition and fee rates at 43 regionally accredited universities that offer 88 online information technology and computer degree programs, Thomas Edison State College ranks third in the nation in terms of quality and affordability.

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“Students can pay as little as $21,000 or as much as $86,000 for an online IT bachelor’s degree,” says Vicky Phillips, founder of, the only consumer group to publish online college affordability rankings. “Clearly it pays for non-traditional students to get educated about Thomas Edison State College’s online degree programs before they enroll.”

The average cost of earning an online undergraduate business degree at a regionally accredited institution is approximately $46,758, according to the survey. The survey calculates the average cost of earning an online undergraduate business degree at Thomas Edison State College at approximately $22,586 for New Jersey residents and $33,280 for non-New Jersey residents – both well below the national average for regionally accredited baccalaureate programs.

Depending on several factors, including the number of credits a student transfers into a program and the type of tuition plan, the cost of earning a degree at Thomas Edison State College may be even lower.

“We are honored to again be recognized as an intelligent investment in education,” said Dr. Susan Davenport, dean of the Heavin School of Arts and Sciences at Thomas Edison State College. “For nearly 40 years, we’ve been providing adults with high-quality educational programs designed around their needs. Today, maintaining that focus, particularly with our Bachelor of Arts degree programs, remains at the core of our mission.”

Each year, conducts several national surveys ranking the top best buys in the country for online regionally accredited degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Thomas Edison State College is consistently been recognized as a top best buy in the country for several degree programs, including the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Bachelor of Science in Human Services; Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership; Bachelor of Arts degree programs in Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology and Political Science; Master of Science in Management; and Master of Science in Human Resources Management.

Founded in 1989, is a consumer group that publishes objective rankings and reviews of the best online colleges and top online universities along the consumer dimensions of affordability, credibility and employer acceptance.

About Thomas Edison State College
Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s 12 senior public institutions of higher education, the College offers 16 associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Identified by Forbes magazine as one of the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation in the use of technology to create learning opportunities for adults, Thomas Edison State College is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The College is home to the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College. To learn more, visit