Laurel Business Institute

  • Laurel Business Institute will strive to provide the highest quality career education and professional certifications for individuals seeking employment in various programs in response to the needs of the regional employer community.
School Highlights
  • Laurel Business Institute serves 233 students (100% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is lower than the state community college average of 25:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 4% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 37%.
  • Laurel Business Institute is one of 3 community colleges within Fayette County, PA.
  • The nearest community college to Laurel Business Institute is Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Fayette- Eberly (0.5 miles away).

Top Placements

Laurel Business Institute places among the top 20% of community colleges in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 24 teachers has declined by 14% over five years.
Laurel Business Institute (PA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Private, for profit Private, non-profit
Total Faculty 24 staff 25 staff
Laurel Business Institute Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Laurel Business Institute has grown by 24% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Laurel Business Institute diversity score of 0.08 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 233 students 618 students
Laurel Business Institute Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1 25:1
Laurel Business Institute Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 233 students 372 students
Laurel Business Institute Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students - 246 students
Laurel Business Institute Part-Time Students (2007-2013)
Laurel Business Institute Enrollment Breakdown PA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Black
Laurel Business Institute Black (2007-2016)
% White
Laurel Business Institute White (2007-2016)
Laurel Business Institute Ethnicity Breakdown PA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score 0.08 0.57
Laurel Business Institute Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Laurel Business Institute Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $23,100 $34,800
Laurel Business Institute Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $9,644 is less than the state average of $16,683. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees $9,644 $16,683
Laurel Business Institute In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 95% 94%
Laurel Business Institute % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $12,252 $12,223
Laurel Business Institute Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $3,864 $5,500
Laurel Business Institute Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate 94% 84%
Laurel Business Institute Percent Admitted (2007-2016)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Our goal is to provide you with quality career education and to help you develop your talents, skills, and knowledge for a sustainable career in a strong and viable industry. Laurel Business Institute, was established in 1985 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania in order to meet the employment and training needs of the business community. We were originally located on the eighth floor of the what was then the Gallatin Bank building, and it was here that we began growing. We found a new location in 1991 when we purchased our first building. This structure, pictured above and located on Penn Street, was formerly West Penn Power and West Penn Railways Company, Uniontown's primary trolley and bus depot through the early and mid 1900s. The school's second building (1999), across the street from the Penn Street facility on the corner of Penn and Beeson Boulevard, was built in 1924 and was Uniontown's original downtown Sears, Roebuck and Company. Programs offered at Laurel Business Institute includes Accounting & Business, Child Care, Cosmetology, Health Care, Information Technology, Massage, Office Administration and Certifications.

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Did You Know?
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.