TES-100: Take a Sneak Peek at the Cornerstone Course

Heading back to college after several years can feel overwhelming, if not downright daunting. It may seem as if there is so much more information to review and decisions to be made than ever before.

However, you are not alone, regardless of where you are on your educational path. So as you embark on this new chapter in your life, the University has launched an introductory course aimed at helping you navigate the ins and outs of your college education.

Topics: Taking Courses, Getting Started

Dropped Out the First Time? How to Go Back to College Now and Succeed

Transitioning from a teenager to an adult is never easy. Compound the pressures and demands of time, family and jobs, financial resources and an inadequate preparation for the amount of academic work. Perhaps then it doesn’t seem so unbelievable that nearly half of the students who began college at a traditional four-year institution at 18-years-old didn’t graduate. Sound familiar?

Topics: Getting Started

How to Choose the Right Degree Program for You

What do you want to do for the rest of your life?

Whether you are 21 or 50, this question will probably be one of the most difficult you will ever determine. Discovering your elusive “sense of purpose” is no easy task, nor is there a step-by-step guide or obvious answer in a book. Even the standard answer – do what you love – is not easy to define. And, sure, career quizzes are fun, but realizing what will help lead you to happiness and success requires a little more introspection. Once you understand some things about occupations, industries and the economy, you’ll be able to increase the amount of freedom and control over your life and career.

Topics: Getting Started

5 Questions to Ask Yourself if You Want to Go Back to School

We all have different reasons for wanting to return to college. Perhaps it is a personal fulfillment, a message of resilience and determination, or a means to reach that illustrious promotion. Regardless of the purpose, the end goal is the same: you want to earn your degree. You want to finish what you started or take your achievement to the next level.

Topics: Getting Started

On Your Mark, Get Set... Study! Running the Marathon of College

“We all have dreams; in order to make dreams come into reality it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort."

- Jesse Owens, Olympic Gold-Medalist runner

Whenever the Trenton Half Marathon approaches in the fall, avid and amateur runners from all over the world stretch, strengthen and push themselves to prepare for the big event. And in homes, libraries and offices across the country, students continue to proof-read assignments, check their reading lists and gear up for exams as they head toward a different type of finish line. Whether you are gearing up to run a race or getting ready to return to college, you are preparing to accomplish a major milestone in your life. You can see the finish line as you hit the “submit” button on your application for graduation, or sprint toward the last credits you need to fulfill your degree program requirements. After all that training, studying and preparing, at the end of the day, you did it. With your friends and family cheering you on at graduation or at the finish line, maybe a marathon and college aren’t so different after all.

Topics: Getting Started, Student Success

Stark Notes: Now That You Have Applied, What’s Next?

Once you have submitted your Application for Admission and arranged to have your official transcripts sent to the University, or if you are newly enrolled, you may need some guidance on the next stages. Sometimes, just getting started can be the toughest part. So if you are unsure what to do after you apply or enroll, here's what to expect next. 

Topics: Getting Started

What to Consider if You Are Preparing to Come Back to College



Every day, I talk to adults about coming back to college.

One of the most important things I tell them is that they can finish their degree without sacrificing their personal and professional responsibilities, but they have to be willing to do the work. It is not easy, but it is doable.

Many adults run their own businesses, supervise employees, raise children and manage personal or corporate finances and still find time to come back to college and finish their degree. If you are a busy adult who is thinking about coming back to college, my best advice is to be thoughtful about your needs before selecting an institution.

Topics: Getting Started