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Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the requirements for admission to Thomas Edison State College?
There are no tests (such as the SAT) required for admission to Thomas Edison State College. As long as you are a high school graduate or have your GED equivalency, and are 21 years of age or older, you are eligible to be admitted to Thomas Edison State College.
Will I have to attend classes at Thomas Edison State College's campus in Trenton?
No, Thomas Edison State College delivers a high quality education directly to you wherever you live or work. There are no on-campus residency requirements, eliminating the need for students to travel to our campus in Trenton, N.J. Testing is done through the use of proctors at a testing site convenient to the student or can be completed at the College's testing facility. All contact with the College may occur on the Web, by phone and through the mail or email, including application, enrollment, course and test registration, or academic advisement.
How do I get my books?
Students are responsible for acquiring all the textbooks and materials required for the courses. The cost for course materials is not included in your tuition and registration fees.
All Guided Study courses require a Course Manual. The College now offers manuals on the Thomas Edison State College Web, free of charge. If you prefer, you may access the Manuals through the College Web site and select the materials you need to download. Alternately, course materials are available for purchase through MBS Direct, the College's textbook provider. They can be accessed by visiting the bookstore section of the College's Web site or by calling toll-free (800) 325-3252.
Will my Thomas Edison State College degree be applicable toward a higher degree at either Thomas Edison State College or other colleges and universities?
Yes. The 60 credits taken in your certificate program and your Associate in Science degree program are applicable towards a bachelor's degree at Thomas Edison State College. Our academic advisers can assist you in mapping out a baccalaureate degree plan that's right for you.
Why Thomas Edison State College rather than another college or university?
This is a purely individual decision. Curves chose to pursue the relationship with Thomas Edison State College because of its belief in the College's ability to offer a unique alternative that addresses the specific needs of Curves franchise owners and employees. More specifically, Thomas Edison State College:
- is one of New Jersey's 11 senior public institutions of higher learning and is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
- worked directly with Curves founder and CEO Gary Heavin to insure the Fitness and Wellness Services program is complimentary to the specialized needs of Curves franchise owners and employees.
- developed programs are aimed specifically at the working, adult student. The College's methods of earning credits take maximum advantage of prior educational experiences, potentially reducing the time required to earn a certificate or degree.
- offers continuing educational paths for the adult student to achieve higher academic degrees.
- has flexible credit-earning options that allow students more time to meet family obligations or professional demands and still be able to pursue a quality college education.
Does Curves benefit from its relationship with Thomas Edison State College?
Absolutely! Curves benefits directly from the success of its franchise owners and employees. Through the knowledge you gain in this program, your members will benefit from a high quality fitness experience.
What are my next steps?
Fitness and Wellness courses are offered every other month at Thomas Edison State College. Curves franchise owners and employees may apply and enroll at any time. Prospective students are also encouraged to browse the Thomas Edison State College Web site to learn more about the College, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free (888) 442-8372. When contacting Thomas Edison State College, be sure to refer to the special degree program for Curves franchise owners and employees.
Application Instructions: If you are applying as part of your partnership program, you will be asked to identify your employer or affiliation. Step five of the online application will ask, "Are you employed by or affiliated with a Thomas Edison State College partnership program?" Select "Yes" for this question and then choose your employer or affiliation from the drop down menu. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at (888) 442-8372 or email us at email@example.com.
If you have previous college credit, have official copies of transcripts and credentials sent to the College Registrar at Thomas Edison State College, Office of the Registrar, 101 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608.
Enroll at Thomas Edison State College by paying the $75 application fee.
Map out your certificate/degree plan by consulting one of the academic advisors at Thomas Edison State College.
Register for classes and soon you'll be able to tell your customers and friends that you have a certificate and/or a college degree in Fitness and Wellness!
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