Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon)

  • 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 (Sharon) serves 157 students (90% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 8:1 is lower than the state community college average of 25:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 20% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.
  • Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) is one of 3 community colleges within Mercer County, PA.
  • The nearest community college to Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) is Winner Institute of Arts & Sciences (0.3 miles away).

Top Placements

Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) places among the top 20% of community colleges in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 19 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon)(PA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty19 staff25 staff
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 8:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) diversity score of 0.32 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment157 students618 students
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio8:125:1
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students141 students372 students
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students16 students246 students
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) Enrollment Breakdown PA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Hispanic
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) Hispanic (2013-2016)
% Black
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) Black (2007-2016)
% White
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) White (2007-2016)
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) Ethnicity Breakdown PA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.320.57
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$18,700$34,800
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) 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 grown by 6% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$9,644$16,683
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid97%93%
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,207$12,223
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,750$5,500
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate82%84%
Laurel Technical Institute (Sharon) Percent Admitted (2007-2016)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) 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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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.