History, Affiliations and Rankings
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a private university that was established in 1926 when the barnstormer, John Paul Riddle and entrepreneur, T. Higbee Embry launched the Embry-Riddle Company for aviation adventures. During the Second World War, the company was chosen by the US Government to train pilots and became the largest privately held flight school in the world. In the 1960s, the School formally opened as the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute, and eventually, achieved University status in 1970, becoming the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in its present form. Today, the University is one of the finest providers of courses in Science, Technology and Aviation, which are accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI). It is known to be the largest accredited university specializing in Aerospace and Aviation. According to US News and World Report, the University at Daytona Beach ranks #10 in the Regional Universities South category in 2022.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has campuses at the following locations - Daytona Beach, Florida and Prescott, Arizona in addition to an Online Campus and a Worldwide campus. The main Daytona Beach, which is World's Most Famous Beach, offers plenty of opportunities for recreation and outdoor activities for the students. While the former three are traditional residential campuses, the Online and Worldwide campus offer state-of-the-art online technology for flexible learning. At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, your classrooms will be the cockpit, the lab and the simulator for its specialized programs in Aviation and Aerospace. The University offers courses at the Associate, Bachelor's, Master's as well as the Doctoral levels. Also, there are Certificates and non-degree programs in General Education courses for skill building, Professional programs and Summer camps. Degree programs across 7 subject areas are offered at Embry-Riddle, which are - Applied Sciences, Aviation, Business, Computers and Technology, Engineering, Security, Intelligence and Safety and Space.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is one of the highest ranked universities for Aviation and Aerospace Technology offering the #1 Aerospace Engineering program in the United States. The US News and World Report rank the University at #35 for Best Value Schools, with 94% of the graduates being employed or in further education within an year of graduation. ERMU also has a very strong alumni network with more than 1,25,000 alumni worldwide working in the Aviation & Aerospace industry, Business Law, Engineering, Medical, Insurance, and other businesses and government organizations. ERMU encourages cultural diversity by offering courses to students from across the globe. Students who graduate from this university create a strong image for themselves in whichever related field they wish to work in. Nicole Stott (American Engineer), Scott O. Grady (Fighter Pilot), Jerry Doyle (American Radio Show Host), Erik Lindbergh (American Aviator), Ronald J. Garan Jr. (Astronaut) among others are some of the notable alumni of the University.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Currently, the university caters to the academic demands of around 31,000 students, thus, promoting a rich cultural diversity. The university has more than 150 student organizations and 15 varsity teams. This university also provides international students with the option for on-campus employment opportunities. The Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle helps students in securing employment. Additionally, ERAU organizes bi-annual Industry/Career Expo events at its worldwide campus, the Dayton campus, and the Prescott campus that offers co-operative education and internship options to students.