Situated in the financial district of Chicago, Taylor Business Institute is located in the heart of it all. A stone’s throw away from Chicago landmarks like the Chicago Stock Exchange and Sears Tower, and Wacker Drive, students have prime access to the banking, trading, stock, and major commercial enterprises center of the city. Since 1962 when established as the Nancy Taylor Secretarial School, the Taylor Business Institute has experienced a great deal of growth and change, like becoming accredited in 1973 by the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools. Today, students are prepared to thrive within a vibrant global workforce.
Featuring small class sizes and hands-on education, students receive a career focused education with real world experience and individual attention at its core. A combination of high school graduates and working adults come together at TBI to receive technologically based career training, and valuable general education to enhance both personal and professional growth. While at TBI students may choose from a variety of associate of applied science degree awarding programs like accounting, criminal justice and security administration, electronics engineering technology and medical billing. Professional diploma programs are offered in basic accounting and medical secretary. A certificate program is also offered in English as a Second Language. With classes offered year round, students graduate quickly, benefitting from the career services department’s job placement assistance.
Taylor Business Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award certificates, diplomas and associate of applied science degrees, approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education.
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Students from abroad wishing to study in the United States have a great opportunity to do so through the Taylor Business Institute’s International Center. With English as a Second Language classes, TOEFL test prep, and visa services and advice available, a TBI education is accessible for students from all over the world. With a ‘culturally sensitive’ staff, small class sizes, affordable training plans, flexible scheduling, cultural immersion opportunities, and extra-curricular activities, many international students find they are able to easily transition into their new academic career abroad at TBI.
In order to qualify for admissions, prospective students must be at least 17 years of age by the first day of classes. Successful applicants will be high school graduates, or hold a General Education Development (GED) certificate. Transfer applicants will present all transcripts detailing previous work, with the potential for awarding transfer credit.
Applicant proficiency will be analyzed to determine admissibility and course placement, as well as to determine necessary prerequisite skills required for some programs of study. A TBI-Administered Career Program Assessment Test will be given, and all applicants must score at or above the appropriate mark.
Students wishing to qualify for a variety of federal, state, and private financial aid should begin the application process by consulting with the TBI Financial Aid Office. In order to apply for financial aid all students must fill out the FAFSA either by visiting the Financial Aid Office or going online. Some students may qualify for federal student aid like grants, loans and/or work-study opportunities. Examples include Federal Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, PLUS Loans, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, and/or the Federal Work-Study Program.
At Taylor Business Institute students may qualify for scholarships through the Level Playing Field Organization. This not-for-profit organization assists deserving students with financial obstacles to receive a career-based education. Interested students should contact the Director of Financial Aid for more information. In addition, a variety of other public and private scholarships are available to students, and regular scholarship seminars and workshops are scheduled by the Librarian.
Taylor Business Institute provides students with four options for prospective FFEL (Federal Family Education Loan Program) lenders. These lenders are the Sallie Mae Education Trust, the Fifth Third Bank c/o Sallie Mae, Nelnet Academic Loan, and Charter One Bank c/o Sallie Mae.
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All students have the opportunity to attend a TBI new student orientation in order to meet staff and faculty, and learn all about the College’s programs. Students will also have access to print resources during their time at TBI like the student handbook, and course syllabi for all of their courses. Academic resources are available like TBI Testing and Placement services, the Taylor Library with a variety of print and electronic resources, the writing center, tutorial assistance, and the TBI bookstore. For personal, academic and career counseling, students may rely on the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Administration, and services for students with disabilities. Career preparation services range from counseling and placement assistance, employment preparation, and graduate placement, to part-time job placement.
At TBI students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, including clubs and organizations designed to promote academic achievement, networking, fun, and adventure. The student activities program holds lectures, invites speakers, and arranges many other student events and activities. There are many opportunities to engage in community service projects, and build skills like leadership, communication, and decision making. A popular student activity is Pizza with the President. Held each quarter, this activity allows each and every TBI student to sit down and meet the President, including a question and answer section. For more events and activities students can refer to the campus events and activities schedule.
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