Fortis Institute-Erie

Tel: (814)838-7673
857 students
Private for-profit
The mission of Tri-State Business Institute to provide students with the practical skills and the responsible behaviors necessary to secure rewarding careers in their specialized fields of study. To accomplish this mission, the Institute provides students with updated postsecondary technical knowledge and skill level.
School Highlights
Fortis Institute-Erie serves 857 students (69% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the state community college average of 25:1.
Minority enrollment is 30% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 42%.
Fortis Institute-Erie is one of 5 community colleges within Erie County, PA.
The nearest community college is Erie Institute Of Technology (EIT) (4.00 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 59 teachers has declined by 10% over five years.
College Fortis Institute-Erie Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Private for-profit Public
Total Faculty 59 staff
61 staff
Fortis Institute-Erie Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 857 has declined by 38% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has increased from 10:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.49 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 16% over five years.
Total Enrollment 857 students 1,315 students
Fortis Institute-Erie Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 15:1
Fortis Institute-Erie Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 594 students
815 students
Fortis Institute-Erie Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 263 students
1,061 students
Fortis Institute-Erie Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Fortis Institute-Erie Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Hispanic
Fortis Institute-Erie Hispanic (2008-2013)
% Black
Fortis Institute-Erie Black (2006-2013)
% White
Fortis Institute-Erie White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Fortis Institute-Erie More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Fortis Institute-Erie Unknown (2006-2013)
Fortis Institute-Erie Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.49 0.70
Fortis Institute-Erie Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $13,105 is more than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $13,105 is more than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $13,105 $5,590
Fortis Institute-Erie In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $13,105 $10,086
Fortis Institute-Erie Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 99%
Fortis Institute-Erie % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Tri-State Business Institute offers Associate in Specialized Business Degree and Diploma programs in Programming, Database Administration, Digital Graphic & Multimedia Design, Microcomputer Applications, Networking, Web Site Development, Security / Forensics, Business Administration / Accounting, Business Administration / Marketing and Management, Professional Administrative Assistant, Nursing, Medical Transcription, Therapeutic Massage, Medical Coding, Medical Records, Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, EMT / Paramedic, Legal careers, Cosmetology careers and welding careers. Tri-State Business Institute is an authorized Microsoft Office Specialist Testing Site and an Authorized Prometric/Certiport Testing Center. We offer certification exams for many of the skill areas within our programs. You can take a class and get certified right away. Tri-State Business Institute has successfully tested and certified over 700 students in Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Cisco, CompTIA, NCCT, and CIW. The library/resource center offers reference sources and a collection of books, journals, magazines, and materials related to the curriculums offered at the school. TSBI is a member of the Northwest Interlibrary Cooperative of Pennsylvania (NICOP) which allows for the sharing of library materials by Northwestern Pennsylvania Post-Secondary Educational Institutions. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award Occupational Associate Degrees and Diplomas.

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