Fortis Institute-Erie

5757 W 26th St
Erie, PA 16506-1013
Tel: (814)838-7673
  • 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 26:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 21% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.
  • 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 70% over five years.
Fortis Institute-Erie(PA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPrivate, for profit
Total Faculty40 staff25 staff
Fortis Institute-Erie Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 652 has declined by 35% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.36 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has grown by 34% over five years.
Total Enrollment652 students571 students
Fortis Institute-Erie Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio16:126:1
Fortis Institute-Erie Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students442 students354 students
Fortis Institute-Erie Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students210 students217 students
Fortis Institute-Erie Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Fortis Institute-Erie Enrollment Breakdown PA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Hispanic
Fortis Institute-Erie Hispanic (2009-2016)
% Black
Fortis Institute-Erie Black (2007-2016)
% White
Fortis Institute-Erie White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Fortis Institute-Erie More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
Fortis Institute-Erie Ethnicity Breakdown PA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.360.57
Fortis Institute-Erie Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Fortis Institute-Erie Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,500$34,800
Fortis Institute-Erie Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $13,010 is less than the state average of $16,591. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$13,010$16,591
Fortis Institute-Erie In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%94%
Fortis Institute-Erie % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$13,000$13,000
Fortis Institute-Erie Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,334$6,246
Fortis Institute-Erie Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate85%84%
Fortis Institute-Erie Percent Admitted (2007-2008)
Source: 2016 (or 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 $10,656 per year for in-state students and $14,063 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,591 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Pennsylvania is 75%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Pennsylvania community colleges have a diversity score of 0.57, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Pennsylvania is Community College of Philadelphia. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.