Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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600 S. Clyde Morris Boulevard

Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Phone: (386) 226-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#11 Overall Score: 78 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a private institution that was founded in 1926. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,534, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 185 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 11. Its tuition and fees are $31,334 (2013-14).

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, located in Daytona Beach, Fla., is the largest and oldest aviation school in the world. Students can choose from more than 40 degree programs, including Aerospace Engineering and Aeronautical Science, which are both the largest of those programs in the nation. Given Embry-Riddle’s unique, specialized studies, it’s no surprise that student life is a little different as well. About 80 percent of students are male, and it may be the only school with a fleet of more than 90 instructional aircraft on hand and a student organization specifically for future air traffic controllers. Students can also join any of the other 150 student organizations, write for The Avion student newspaper, or pledge with any of the nearly 15 Greek-letter organizations.

Embry-Riddle also offers club and recreational sports opportunities, as well as around 15 varsity teams. Appropriately named the Eagles, Embry-Riddle athletic teams compete in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Division I Sun Conference. Graduate students can choose from around 20 programs, and notable alumni include Patrice Clarke Washington, the first African-American female pilot with a commercial airline.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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, consulting, and related activities 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 an extensive network of more than 170 centers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East and a web-based distance learning program serve civilian and military working adults.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1926
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $80,941,782


When applying to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 71.6 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 71.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is 13:1, and the school has 30.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University include: Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering; Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew; Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General; Air Traffic Controller; and Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 33%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 24%
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 17%
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General 15%
Air Traffic Controller 8%
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 7%

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Student Life

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,534, with a gender distribution of 83.4 percent male students and 16.6 percent female students. At this school, 40 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 62 percent of students live off campus. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,120
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 80.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,461.

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Tuition and fees $31,334 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,550 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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