About the University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s oldest and largest fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. A truly international institution, the University educates undergraduate and graduate students at its residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona; at its Worldwide Campus locations around the globe; and through online learning.
Embry-Riddle offers its students a wide array of more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in aviation, aerospace, business, engineering, safety, security and intelligence, transportation, and related high-tech fields.
In just the last few years, the University launched its first Ph.D. degree programs, in Aerospace Engineering, Aviation, Engineering Physics, Human Factors, and Mechanical Engineering. The Aviation doctorate is the first of its kind in the nation. The four other doctoral degrees are the pinnacle of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in those same subjects. Embry-Riddle’s Aerospace Engineering program is the largest of its kind in the nation.
These new Ph.D. programs expand the applied research opportunities in which Embry-Riddle faculty and students assist the aviation/aerospace industry, government agencies, and others in meeting real-world challenges. Frequent research partners include the FAA, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Air Force.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Embry-Riddle No. 1 in Undergraduate Aerospace Engineering and among the Top Online Educators in the Nation, Best Universities in the South, and Best Colleges for Veterans in the South. Military Times, Military Advanced Education, and G.I. Jobs publications also name Embry-Riddle a top school for active-duty military and veterans. The College Choice publication ranks Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus No. 1 in the nation for online education and that campus has received Exemplary Course Awards from Blackboard. The Prescott Campus ranks in the top 1 percent of all U.S. private colleges for return on investment, according to Affordable Colleges Online.
The Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses host championship athletic teams that are winners both in sports and in the classroom.
The University’s 185-acre eastern campus in Daytona Beach is located next to Daytona Beach International Airport, only minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, and only an hour’s drive from Kennedy Space Center and Orlando.
Just completed, the newest building on campus houses the College of Arts & Sciences, including an observatory with the largest university-owned research telescope in Florida. The Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center and the James Hagedorn Aviation Complex are also new. Next in line for construction are a new Student Union and a residence hall.
With active faculty advisement, student teams from the Daytona Beach Campus regularly take top honors in competitions hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Aeronautical Science students excel in annual flight competitions such as the women’s Air Race Classic and the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s SAFECON event.
The university’s mile-high, 539-acre western campus is located in Prescott, Arizona. Extensive recreational facilities and opportunities in and near the campus include mountain biking, kayaking, skiing, and snowboarding.
The campus is home to the Aerospace Experimentation & Fabrication Building; the nation’s largest university-based Accident Investigation Lab; and the world’s first College of Security & Intelligence, which offers bachelor’s degree programs in Cyber Intelligence & Security, Global Security & Intelligence Studies as well as a master’s degree in Security & Intelligence Studies. New buildings include the STEM Building and a residence hall.
The College of Aviation offers degrees for professional pilots with fixed-wing and rotary-wing options. Student flight teams have won numerous national championships in NIFA SAFECON competitions, more than any other institution in the last decade, and rank highly in the women’s Air Race Classic. A new bachelor’s degree in Global Business supports the Phi Beta Lambda student team, which has won several Future Business Leaders of America state championships. The campus also hosts some unique programs within the university, including Forensic Biology, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination, Industrial Psychology and Safety, Wildlife Biology and Simulation Science, Games and Animation.
The Worldwide Campus provides educational opportunities for working civilian and military professionals. Its academic programs are offered at more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and through Web-based online learning. Based on their unique requirements, students can switch between instruction modes – classroom students can select online courses, and deployed military students can shift from classroom to 100% online course delivery. With Worldwide’s new EagleVision technology, students at different geographical locations can receive instruction at the same time.
As aviation and aerospace continue to evolve, so does Embry-Riddle. The University is committed to the expansion of opportunities for students to work more closely with the aviation industry in the United States and in other nations. Guiding the process of evolution are dedicated teachers, administrators, alumni, trustees, and advisory board members who share our students’ love of aviation and who strive to ensure Embry-Riddle’s continued position as the world’s premier aviation and aerospace university.