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Louis Martini
Director of Military & Veteran Education
Thomas Edison State University
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
609-777-5696 Ext. 2215 office


Thomas Edison State University has been providing specialized educational opportunities for members of the United States military for more than 35 years and is one of the largest providers of higher education programs to active duty military personnel in the country.

The College continues to play a pioneering role in the development of degree programs specifically for enlisted personnel that optimize military training and experience.  The College is also recognized as a national leader serving military students with regionally accredited degree and certificate programs.

Today, more than 9,000 active duty military personnel are enrolled at Thomas Edison State University, including thousands who are presently deployed around the world.

The College is a long-standing member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) and is a SOC Network member institution.  The College also holds a Memorandum of Understanding with Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) as an external degree partner.

In 2007, Thomas Edison State College and McGuire Air Force Base launched a pilot program designed to help military personnel prepare for overseas deployments through courses on Islam, the Middle East, other world cultures and religions, and diversity.  The program, which is scheduled to be expanded to Fort Dix, was launched to help make active duty military personnel more culturally aware of the regions in which they are engaged.

Military Advanced Education magazine recently named Thomas Edison State University as one of the country's top ten schools for members of the United States military.  In addition, the College was honored by the New Jersey Senate for its work serving its military students.

Military students can take advantage of several programs:

Military Degree Completion Program is open to servicemembers in all branches and accommodates the special needs of military personnel, enabling enlisted men and women to engage in a degree program wherever they are stationed or deployed.

GoArmyEd Program:  Thomas Edison State College is a participant in the GoArmyEd program, which enables U.S. enlisted soldiers to obtain professional technical certificates, associate, bachelor's and master's degrees while they serve in the Army.

Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership:  Thomas Edison State College is a participant in the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership, which meets the educational needs of sailors who want to earn a college degree during their service with the Navy.

Navy College Program for Afloat College Education:  Thomas Edison State University is a participant in the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education, which is part of the Navy College Program and provides a seamless opportunity for the educational advancement of Navy personnel.

The advantages of Thomas Edison State College to armed forces personnel include:

  • a focus on degree completion, not just course completion

  • no on-campus residency requirements

  • providing military students with a personalized degree plan

  • allowing maximum credit for military training and education

  • courses structured in 12-week terms

  • twelve terms offered per year

  • no classroom attendance is required, so programs fit within a student's lifestyle and assignment demands

  • access to the full range of College services

  • military students are enrolled at the time of application

  • SOC Agreement filed at the time the program is completed

For more information on military programs at Thomas Edison State College, please call (888) 442-8372 or visit 


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