About Us

More than thirty years ago, Thomas Edison State College was created by the State of New Jersey to develop high-quality, accessible educational opportunities for adults. The College originated from the idea that mature adults needed high quality educational opportunities designed especially for their needs.

Today, Thomas Edison State College offers associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree programs to students in every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Students earn degrees through a variety of rigorous academic methods, including a variety of distance education methods such as documenting college-level knowledge they may already have and by completing independent study courses. Thomas Edison State College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). 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, we are a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and in the use of educational technologies. Our unique approach to adult learning has earned Thomas Edison State College international recognition for innovation and utilizing technology to create attainable educational opportunities for adults-no matter where they live or work.

The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College and the College is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy, which provides public policy analysis and other assistance to government, community groups, and the private sector.

The College is named in honor of Thomas Alva Edison, the famous New Jersey inventor.