The Ultimate TESU Glossary: 97 Common Terms Explained for Students

Have you ever been confused by a term used at the University? Whether you are finishing your degree or coming to college for the first time, it may feel overwhelming when you don’t understand what is being communicated. After all, terms that may mean one thing at your first college may mean something different at Thomas Edison. 

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment, Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses, Transfer Credit, Credit by Exam, Going Back to College, Mentors, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Advising, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Applying

The Difference Between Applying, Enrolling and Registering


When you are heading back to college, applying, enrolling and registering are all terms that sound like they explain the same thing. So does it matter which term you use or when you use it?

Definitely, yes.

In fact, most applicants and prospective students are unaware that there is any difference at all. In fact, I often hear the terms used interchangeably. Someone might say they “registered last week” when they meant they applied and submitted the application. 

While other institutions may use the same terms, it’s important to note that even they might have a different definition for each one. Knowing the differences among applying, enrolling and registering at Thomas Edison State University and what they mean for you is essential to navigating your way through the administrative tasks of earning your degree.

Topics: Applying

How to Transfer From Community College to a University in 7 Easy Steps

Transferring from a two-year to a four-year college can feel like a big leap. Like most students, you may have some hesitations and questions.

What needs to be done?

How can I make the transfer process as smooth as possible?

What can I do to make sure I’m on the right track to earn a bachelor’s degree?

These questions are not uncommon.

As a graduate with an associate degree from a New Jersey community college, the Comprehensive Statewide Transfer Agreement guarantees your degree will be fully transferable as the first two years of a baccalaureate degree program at any New Jersey public four-year institution. While this agreement can take some of the guesswork out of transferring to Thomas Edison State University, you still want to ensure you’re making the right decisions for you.

Topics: Transfer Credit, Applying

The One Question To Ask Yourself If You Don't Know Which Undergraduate Degree To Earn


For some students, choosing a degree program is not always a cut-and-dry decision. With 40-plus undergraduate programs, and more than 100 areas of study, there are many options to pursue, and even more paths to take.

So how are you supposed to pick the one degree that’s best for you?

Everyday, I talk to people who are in your shoes. People who want a degree, but just don’t know what to study. And I get it. That’s why I always ask this one question that helps these now students breathe a sigh of relief and leave knowing they chose the degree that fits them.

With a little support and guidance, I promise, you can, too.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Applying

7 Secrets to Nailing an Accelerated Nursing Program Interview


Applying to the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program at Thomas Edison State University does not end with clicking the ‘submit’ button on your final application. Hopefully, you submitted a stand out application on paper. If you are invited to meet with the Admissions Committee, now you have to impress the University in person. The committee has already determined your background met the qualifications, but this time, they want to learn what kind of person you are and how it will affect your future as a nurse.

Topics: Nursing, Applying

7 Secrets to Writing a Knockout Graduate School Essay

Even though it’s part of every graduate school application, it’s still one of the most common sources of anxiety for many applicants: the essay. Where do you begin? What do you write about? Even with a prompt or question to address, facing a blank page can seem daunting.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Applying

The Complete Checklist for Applying to the MAEDL Program

As an education leader, you know that student success begins with the right preparation. So when it comes to your learning, wouldn’t it make sense to take your own advice and prepare the best application you can for a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program?

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Applying

MBA Application Checklist: 9 Things You Must Do Before You Hit Submit

Applying to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program involves a lot of planning, writing and preparation, and it’s never too early to start thinking about or working on your application. You don’t want to wait until the last minute to submit a rushed application package, and possibly hurt your chances of earning admission into a program that can transform your career.

To make sure that you send in the best application that you can, use this printable 9-point checklist to keep yourself on track before you hit submit. (And then figure out how long it will take you to earn an MBA degree online by checking out our Potential MBA Degree Timeline.)

Topics: Business and Management, Careers, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Applying

6 Ways to Make Your Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Application Stand Out


Over the next several years, the healthcare industry is projected to add over 15 million jobs in the U.S., attracting more and more students to a career in nursing. Similarly, nursing schools are seeing a flood of applications, making the competition for admission fiercer than ever.

So, if you’ve set your sights on an accelerated nursing program, how can you stand out from the crowd and earn yourself a spot? What can you do to make your application shine? As an applicant of our Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program, you’ll be evaluated based upon your predicated success in the program. Your ability to effectively demonstrate exceptional problem solving and communication skills, intellectual aptitude, integrity, accountability, and motivation, amongst other things, throughout the application process can make all the difference in your acceptance. Here are 7 useful tips designed to get your application noticed and position you as one of the best possible candidates.

Topics: Careers, Nursing, Applying

Applying to Nursing School is Easier Than You Think (Printable Checklist)

Admit it: Applying to any nursing program is stressful – even for the most experienced nurses.

That’s where a checklist can make applying a whole lot easier. Whether you’re applying for the RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN or MSN programs at Thomas Edison State University, we’ve put together this printable checklist that will save you from any confusion and headache. Check these items once, and then check them again so you don’t forget a single thing before you hit the submit button. 

Topics: Going Back to College, Nursing, Applying