Thomas Edison State University Partners with Ocean County College

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Program Offers an Affordable and Flexible Pathway to a Bachelor’s Degree

TRENTON, N.J. – Ocean County College and Thomas Edison State University have partnered to create an affordable dual admission enrollment program that will allow students who are pursuing select associate degrees at Ocean County College (OCC) in Ocean County, N.J., to simultaneously enroll in a Thomas Edison State University (TESU) degree program.

“We are excited to partner with OCC to provide a flexible, online degree completion program to their students and alumni,” said Juliette Punchello, senior director of Recruitment and Enrollment Services at TESU. “The program’s tuition model makes it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in four years for less than $20,000. Improving access to accredited, cost-effective degree programs is central to this partnership and to both institutions’ missions.”

Under the partnership, students can select from six degree program pathways at TESU encompassing associate and bachelor’s degrees in Business/General Management, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Liberal Studies and Psychology. In addition to online courses, students in the program will have the option of utilizing TESU’s prior learning assessments to validate professional training and certifications or the college-level expertise they already possess for credits toward their degree programs.

“Our program provides a seamless pathway to bachelor’s degree completion,” said Dr. Joseph Konopka, interim vice president of Academic Affairs at OCC. “The tuition model allows students to earn up to 90 credits – roughly 75 percent of their bachelor’s degree requirements – at OCC’s tuition rate. We look forward to enrolling and supporting students, many of whom balance other responsibilities, in one of the most affordable degree pathways in New Jersey.”

Enrollment is open. For more information, please visit:
or call Thomas Edison State University’s Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services at
(609) 777-5680.

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About Thomas Edison State University
Thomas Edison State University provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s senior public institutions of higher education, the University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. 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 The New York Times as “the college that paved the way for flexibility,” Thomas Edison State University is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The University is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University. Learn more at

About Ocean County College
Ocean County College, an innovative academic leader, provides affordable, student-centered, high quality educational experiences that prepare and empower diverse learners to contribute to and succeed in global societies. OCC invests in and fosters academic, economic, and cultural excellence and ensures financial strength by generating new revenue streams, engaging in national and international university and corporate partnerships, and cultivating a technologically progressive and entrepreneurial spirit. Learn more at