Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University:
The Best Aviation and Aerospace University in the World
At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, what we do — and do best — is teach the science, practice, and business of the world of aviation and aerospace.
Since it was founded just 22 years after the Wright brothers’ first flight, the University and its graduates have built an enviable record of achievement in every aspect of aviation and aerospace. The curriculum at Embry-Riddle covers the operation, engineering, research, manufacturing, marketing, and management of modern aircraft and the systems that support them.
The University engages in extensive research and consulting that address the unique needs of aviation, aerospace, and related industries.
Residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, provide education in a traditional setting, while Embry-Riddle Worldwide provides instruction through more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East, and through online learning.
All academic programs at Embry-Riddle are approved for veterans’ educational benefits and are accompanied by personalized academic advisement.
FAST FACTS ABOUT ERAU:
History and Background
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious university specializing in aviation and aerospace. It is the only accredited, aviation-oriented university in the world.
Embry-Riddle was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 17, 1925, by barnstormer John Paul Riddle and entrepreneur T. Higbee Embry, as the Embry-Riddle Company. The company opened the Embry-Riddle School of Aviation the following spring.
Embry-Riddle is an independent, nonsectarian, not-for-profit coeducational university serving culturally diverse students seeking careers in aviation, aerospace, business, engineering, and related fields.
Embry-Riddle is a tax-exempt educational institution organized under IRS Sec. 501(c)(3) and Sec. 509(a).
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, composed of the Daytona Beach Campus, the Prescott Campus, and the Worldwide Campus, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, Telephone: 404-679-4501) to award degrees at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels.
Embry-Riddle has traditional, residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona. Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus provides educational opportunities to working adults at more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the Middle East. In addition, degree programs can be pursued via the Internet through Worldwide Online.
Embry-Riddle has a $30 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense that maintains the University’s long-time status as the sole provider of aviation-related degree programs to the U.S. military in Europe.
At the residential campuses, certificate programs in flight (private, commercial, instrument, multi-engine, flight instructor, and instrument flight instructor ratings) and flight dispatch are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The University offers more than 40 degree programs. These include undergraduate degree programs in aeronautical science; aeronautical systems maintenance; aeronautics; aerospace electronics; aerospace engineering; air traffic management; applied meteorology; aviation business administration; aviation environmental science; aviation maintenance science; aviation management; business administration; civil engineering; communication; computational mathematics; computer engineering; computer science; electrical engineering; engineering physics; global security and intelligence studies; homeland security; human factors psychology; interdisciplinary studies; mechanical engineering; safety science; software engineering; and space physics. Master’s degree programs are offered in aeronautics, aerospace engineering, business administration, business administration in aviation management, electrical/computer engineering, engineering physics, human factors and systems, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering, safety science, and software engineering. Doctoral programs are offered in aviation and in engineering physics.
The University’s fleet of 92 instructional aircraft includes the following models: American Champion Decathlon, Cessna 150, Cessna 172, Cessna 172R, Cessna 172S, Cessna 182RG, Diamond DA42, Piper PA28R Arrow, and Piper PA44 Seminole.
Embry-Riddle’s 41 simulators include the following models: CPT, Frasca 141 FTD, Frasca 142 FTD, Frasca AdvATD, Frasca C172 G1000 Level 6 FTD, Frasca C172 Level 6 FTD, Frasca CRJ Level 6 FTD, Frasca DA42 Level 6 FTD, Frasca DA42L Level 6 FTD, Frasca PA44 Level 6 FTD, PCATD, and X-Wind Trainer.
Embry-Riddle offers training for aviation maintenance professionals through the Aviation Maintenance Science (AMS) degree program at Daytona Beach. These programs include FAA-approved training for airframe and powerplant mechanic certification and a specialization in avionics line maintenance. FCC certification training is also available through AMS.
Many types of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans, are available to students, with 95% of residential campus students receiving some form of financial aid.
Statistical data from the most recent Alumni Survey shows that 95% of Embry-Riddle graduates overall are either employed or have continued their education within one year of graduation.
During the 2009-2010 academic year, 325 students were awarded co-op or intern positions.
Combined annual enrollment for all campuses is more than 34,000.
Embry-Riddle students come from all 50 states. International students from 126 nations make up 11% of Embry-Riddle’s residential campus student population. Seventeen percent of the University’s residential campus students are female.
The overall undergraduate residential campus student-faculty ratio is 16 to 1, with an average class size of 26.
The annual operating budget of Embry-Riddle is approximately $275 million.
Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, one of the largest employers in Volusia County, Florida, has a $431 million annual economic impact on the county, based on fiscal year 2010 figures.
In the 2010 fiscal year, 139 faculty members were involved in research and other activities, with 180 sponsored projects. The total value of all active awards was more than $12 million.