First Institute Inc in Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake, IL

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First Institute- Crystal Lake has programs that were designed to provide students with the best opportunity to integrate theory and practice and understand what takes place in the workplace of the chosen fields. First Institute's training is well founded in the educational theory which states the closer the relationship between the real and the theoretical, the greater the learning experience.

First Institute- Crystal Lake offers training in the following fields:
Medical Assistant
Massage Therapy
Dental Assistant

First Institute offers:
Experienced Instructors
Small Class Sizes
Great Job Placement Assistance
Financial Aid Available (for those who qualify)

Financial Aid Available

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Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The First Institute Inc is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, First Institute Inc students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$12,939
$30,001 - $48,000$11,950
$48,001 - $75,000$14,010
$75,001 - $110,000$16,485

According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Student charges

Historical tuition and fees

Historical books and supplies cost

Student charges by the largest programs

The estimated cost of the Dental Assisting/Assistant (the 2d largest program, lasting 11 months) is $13,796 per year and $165,550 in total. Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage is the third largest program at First Institute Inc, and it takes a full-time student 8 months to complete. This one will cost $8,517 per year and $102,200 for the full completion.



  • Typical room charge for academic year: -

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: 4638


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


324 of First Institute Inc undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 74 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes First Institute Inc number 154 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Illinois.

Students at First Institute Inc awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Placement services for completers

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Does not offer distance education opportunities

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Graduation Rate


First Institute Inc graduation rate is above the national average.

81% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to First Institute Inc completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at First Institute Inc is 18:1, that means that for every 18 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In First Institute Inc the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at First Institute Inc and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in not reported location.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

First Institute Inc offers 9 programs in total: 9 are for less than 1-year certificate programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 312 universities in Illinois state. First Institute Inc is one of the few institutions in Illinois that offers a less than 1-year certificate program.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Illinois state average data to help you compare.


First Institute Inc provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 330 students with 23158 both contact and credit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for First Institute Inc

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

The manager Larcy Ward at First Institute Student massage clinic needs to learn how to treat the customers. Its terrible when they don't value a customer who has been supporting their business for 15 years. First Institute hires anyone who has no credentials to run the massage clinic as a manager. The management there doesn’t even care. One word TERRIBLE!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Anyone who ever gives this school a low rating just did not work hard. This school is just like a 2nd family. Nothing but joy from this school. All the staff and students are so amazing and I have learned so much coming to this school. Best decision I’ve made to become a medical assistant.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I wish I can give this review no stars. I was a previous student here. I dropped the program once i found a better school that charges $12,000 cheaper and can actually get me nationally certified so i can be a dental assistant anywhere in the country. First institute can not. they say that you get a certification but its useless. I moved back to texas after i completed the other program if i would have stayed at first institute then i wouldn't be able to work in the dental field in texas. I AM WARNING YOU DO NOT GO THERE its a waste of money and a year. There dental lab is horrible the chairs are all ripped up the equipment is old and rusty instruments. while i was only there for about a week. all I was thinking where is my $16,000 going not back in the program so I'm telling you now it took me a few years to finally write this. this place is not a good place if you are serious about having a career DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I just recently graduated from the Medical Assistant Program. The staff here are absolutely amazing!! They work with you anytime you need extra help, if your having a bad day, or if you have a unique learning style as I do! The atmosphere is very comfortable, energetic, and happy. The instructors are always available and happy to help you if your stuck on something and will slow down the pace as needed. I had the best experience of my life, so far, attending this school. They totally prepare you for your career, they are accredited, and help you achieve your goals and dreams! I will definitely miss being around these amazing people!!!!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Great school! I got a job a month after graduating. They helped me with my resume and emailed me job openings. I have 1 year+ at my job as medical assistant and I love it!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 790 McHenry Ave


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Differs by program

General Phone Number: +8154593500

Institution is active in current year: 1

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