Fortis Institute-Erie

5757 W 26th St
Erie, PA 16506-1013
Tel: (814)838-7673
652 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 652 students (68% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is lower than the state community college average of 25:1.
Minority enrollment is 21% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 42%.
Fortis Institute-Erie is one of 4 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 40 teachers has declined by 71% over five years.
College Fortis Institute-Erie Community College Avg.
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 40 staff
62 staff
Fortis Institute-Erie Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 652 has declined by 59% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has increased from 12:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.37 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 652 students 1,371 students
Fortis Institute-Erie Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 16:1
22:1
Fortis Institute-Erie Student Staff (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 442 students
779 students
Fortis Institute-Erie Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 210 students
1,083 students
Fortis Institute-Erie Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Fortis Institute-Erie Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
% Hispanic
3%
20%
Fortis Institute-Erie Hispanic (2008-2014)
% Black
8%
15%
Fortis Institute-Erie Black (2006-2014)
% White
79%
49%
Fortis Institute-Erie White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
1%
3%
Fortis Institute-Erie More (2010-2014)
% Unknown races
8%
6%
Fortis Institute-Erie Unknown (2006-2014)
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. 0.37 0.70
Fortis Institute-Erie Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $13,010 is more than the state average of $5,664. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The out-state tuition of $13,010 is more than the state average of $10,360. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $13,010 $5,664
Fortis Institute-Erie In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $13,010 $10,360
Fortis Institute-Erie Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 100%
90%
Fortis Institute-Erie % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (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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Did You Know?
For Pennsylvania public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $9,366 per year for in-state students and $13,153 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,590 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Pennsylvania is 77%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Pennsylvania community colleges have a 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. of 0.61, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Pennsylvania is The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.