Fortis Institute-Erie

  • 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 37%.
  • Fortis Institute-Erie is one of 4 community colleges within Erie County, PA.
  • The nearest community college to Fortis Institute-Erie is Erie Institute Of Technology (EIT) (4.0 miles away).

Top Placements

Fortis Institute-Erie places among the top 20% of community colleges in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 40 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Fortis Institute-Erie(PA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty40 staff25 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Fortis Institute-Erie has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Fortis Institute-Erie diversity score of 0.36 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment652 students618 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio16:125:1
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# Full-Time Students442 students372 students
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# Part-Time Students210 students246 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
% Hispanic
3%
7%
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% Black
8%
14%
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% White
79%
63%
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% Two or more races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
8%
10%
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Diversity Score0.360.57
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College Completion Rate
43%
55%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,500$34,800
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Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $13,010 is less than the state average of $16,683. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$13,010$16,683
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$13,000$12,223
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,334$5,500
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Acceptance Rate85%84%
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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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For Pennsylvania public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $10,533 per year for in-state students and $14,058 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,683 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 score of 0.57, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Pennsylvania is Community College of Philadelphia. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.