Thomas Edison State University provides distinctive, high quality undergraduate and graduate education for mature, self-directed adults through flexible, high-quality collegiate learning and assessment opportunities. It was established by the State of New Jersey and chartered by the New Jersey Board of Higher Education in 1972. Since then, approximately 17,200 have been students served and more than 56,460 cumulative degrees have been awarded. The average student age is 35. The student body represents residents from all 50 states and approximately 60 countries throughout the world.