Computer Systems Institute is a proprietary post-secondary institution founded in 1989 by Ella Zibitsker, its current Chairman of the Board. Julia Lowder is the current CEO. CSI offers a variety of career programs and certificates in Networking, Healthcare and Business career-oriented disciplines. As computers starting playing a greater role in careers in both the allied health and business fields, CSI expanded its program offerings to include short certificate and diploma programs targeted to adult professionals employed in or seeking employment in the medical and business industries.
In June 2011, CSI partnered with FORTE Knowledge in order to enhance their IT offerings in the Chicago area.
Since being founded in 1989, CSI has had over 10,000 graduates.
The main, Skokie campus occupies 12,000 square feet and is located 1/4 mile west of the Edens Expressway and approximately 200 yards north of the Skokie Swift, a major train and bus hub in Cook County, Illinois. Each classroom can seat 10-20 students, has high-speed Internet access and network connections, LCD projector, and a connection to networked printers. For students' safety, the campus is equipped with the security alarm system that is directly connected to the Skokie Police.
In April 2011, the Elgin campus opened. This campus occupies 26,000 square feet and has 16 computer-equipped classrooms and labs. The Elgin campus is located just off Interstate 90 on Route 31 in Kane County.
The Chicago campus is walking distance from Millennium Park and resides on three floors of a high-rise building which is easily accessible via public transportation. The classrooms seat 20-40 students per class.
The Charlestown Campus is located in the Schrafft Center on Sullivan Square in Charlestown, Massachusetts. The campus is a short walk from the Sullivan train station. The classrooms accommodate up to 40 students. CSI offers 18 hours per week of English classes in writing, grammar, reading, listening, and speaking in this location.
Computer Systems Institute has been licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education and is approved by the Department of Education to provide Title IV funding to eligible students.
CSI offers a variety of career programs in Networking, Healthcare, Business career-oriented disciplines, and English language programs. The student to professor ratio is 20 to 1. Programs emphasize hands-on learning, industry current technologies, and preparation for professional certifications. CSI uses a blended learning methodology for its programs. CSI employs 15 full-time and 43 part- time instructors.
Healthcare Career Programs
Networking Career Program
Business Career Program
English Language Programs
Tuition and financial aid
Tuition (including fees) for 36 weeks is just under $15,000. The average completion time for each of the three main programs at CSI is 8 months. 97% of attending students receive some type of financial aid. The average amount of federal student loans received is $7,900. In June 2012, the Gurnee school will be taking 14 low-income students to do a free, 32 week program through their school.