• The mission of Business Institute of Pennsylvania is to serve both the traditional student, who continues training shortly after graduation from high school, as well as the nontraditional student, who has been away from school for some time. In fulfilling this mission, an opportunity for all students to maintain marketable skills for employment in today's business and medical offices and to become successful both personally and professionally is provided.

School Highlights

Laurel Technical Institute serves 159 students (96% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 5:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 44%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 159 students
  • Private-state tuition: $9,644
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 5:1
  • Minority enrollment: 25%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Laurel Technical Institute ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 29 teachers has grown by 31% over five years.
Laurel Technical Institute
(PA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Private for-profit
Private not-for-profit
Total Faculty
29 staff
56 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Laurel Technical Institute has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 5:1 has decreased from 8:1 over five years.
The Laurel Technical Institute diversity score of 0.41 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
159 students
477 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
152 students
331 students
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# Part-Time Students
7 students
146 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
314 students
% Asian
n/a
3%
% Hispanic
1%
11%
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% Black
15%
15%
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% White
75%
56%
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% Hawaiian
1%
n/a
% Two or more races
5%
3%
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% Non Resident races
2%
1%
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% Unknown races
n/a
11%
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Diversity Score
0.41
0.64
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College Completion Rate
47%
56%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$18,700
$34,900
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $9,644 is less than the state average of $17,415. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees
$9,644
$17,415
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
98%
91%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$11,550
$13,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,750
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
92%
86%
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SAT Reading
n/a
450
SAT Math
n/a
465
SAT Writing
n/a
435
ACT Composite
n/a
20
ACT English
n/a
18
ACT Math
n/a
20
ACT Writing
n/a
7
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • The Business Institute of Pennsylvania, an accredited and locally owned business school, has campuses in Sharon and Meadville, Pennsylvania. The institute offers Associate degrees in Business Administration, Computerized Office Technology, Executive Administrative Assistant, Medical and Legal Secretary, Health Information Technology, and Medical Office Assistant. Diploma programs of 6- and 12-months include Medical Transcription, Bookkeeping, Receptionist, and Business Skills for College Graduates. Business Institute of Pennsylvania, founded in 1926, is a dynamic learning institution serving the Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio areas. The present owners took over the operation of the school in 1977 and have been instrumental in the numerous changes that have occurred. National accreditation, development of a Financial Aid Department, curriculum and equipment modernization, and community involvement are but a few examples of the implemented changes. The Business Institute offers customized training for area businesses. The minimum class size and material taught are negotiable and would be dependent on the specific needs of the business. Training is available on-site at the business or at the Business Institute. The Business Institute, accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, grants diplomas and Associate in Specialized Business Degrees to graduates who earn them.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 159 students
  • Private-state tuition: $9,644
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 5:1
  • Minority enrollment: 25%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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