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I'm greatly disappointed in this school

Feb 24 2014Business - Management and Administration
I'm greatly disappointed in this school. Most of the classes are run at or below a high school level; they are not challenging at all. Most of the teachers I've had have little real work experience in their field and teach word for word from the books (where they can.) Many teachers are unhappy here - expecially after the Fortis coorporation made many teachers go part time. The facility is vastly understaffed except in the Admissions and Financial Aid department - where they enroll students and acquire the student's money. Student services is virtually non-existent. The facility is outdated and poorly kept. There is heavy turnover in the Administration and with faculty, so a program's curricula and a student's advisement is choppy at best. I've spoken with many graduates from this school and they are struggling to find work and loaded with debt - and don't consider the time and investment that they've made with Fortis worth it. Since I enrolled here out of high school, I wish I had followed my guidance counselors and teachers recommendations of looking at "real" colleges and not at Fortis Institute. Yes - they did tell me NOT to go to Fortis Institute. I wish I had followed their recommendations. The school is in the middle of a distant rural area and is difficult to get to unless you have your own transportation. Strangely, even though it is far away from the city, it has a big problem with theft and drugs in the school. It is not a safe campus.
1st Year Female -- Class 2016
Surrounding City: C+, Education Quality: F

Fortis Institute-Erie has got to be one of

Oct 21 2013Computer Science
Fortis Institute-Erie has got to be one of the worst schools in Pennsylvania. They want you to enroll because they want your money - plain and simple. Admissions will tell you anything to get you in the door for a meeting and to get you to enroll. Since this for-profit school became Fortis, while I was enrolled, I saw the quality of classes drop, qualified and caring teachers leave, and saw unqualified, uncaring, and educationally challenged teachers and advisors try to teach here. Computer equipment is woefully poor quality, and school equipment is often stolen, or damaged so as to be unavailable for required curricula. The library materials are outdated and poorly sorted for classes. The management team - president, vice president, academic dean, advisors (etc) are poorly matched for the job and are simple "yes-men and women." Financial aid representatives also help you to get stipend checks, so many students are here to get "checks" for living expenses to help you while you are in school - adding to your overall debt load once you finish classes. Unfortunately, many students are here to get these stipend checks - and not here to learn. Students are often enrolled that shouldn't be students. The Admissions requirements are often "overlooked" so the school's numbers are higher - unfortunately, that lets people in that shouldn't be students. Admissions representative are there when you are set to graduate and try to get you to sign up for another degree so they can get their "enrollment numbers" up. They also try to get numbers of your friends and family so they can try to enroll them too.

Unfortunately, this school is here to cash in on people that try to better themselves - and in the process, hurts more students than helps them. If you are looking at a school, please -please, don't consider going here.On the plus side, management changes often here - Michael Euliano, Guy Euliano (the crooks that opened the school in the first place, were removed) and most of the management staff has changed. We are on our 3rd or 4th management changeover - maybe one of these times, we will get a good quality and education minded bunch...but as of right now, they are still bad.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2013
Surrounding City: B, Faculty Accessibility: F

I am currently a student in the medical

May 15 2013Other
I am currently a student in the medical assistant program and I hate it. This is so far the biggest regret I've ever had in my life. This place doesn't care about you. Your just money in their pockets yet they implement rediculous rules to pretend like they are a real school. They treat you like you are in medical school. Everything the admissions people tell you to get you in is a lie. The teachers are all terrible and unorganized they preach about us being professionals yet I personally have witnessed teachers talking smack on students in front of other students in class using names and all. This school needs to be shut down.
Male -- Class 2000
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