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Undergraduate Admissions

First Year Applicants

The University defines a first-year candidate as one who is applying for degree status directly from high school. The University may offer admission to first-year applicants who present an academic record that demonstrates their ability to graduate from high school. To reach an admissions decision, the following information is considered: overall academic performance and grades, rank in class (if available), extra-curricular activities, letters of recommendation, and standardized test scores. The University’s Admissions Office implements established academic policies and requirements that define the necessary qualifications for admission.

Entrance requirements to the University vary between technical and non-technical degrees.

Technical Majors: Aerospace/Computer/Electrical/Mechanical/Software Engineering, Applied Meteorology, Astronomy, Forensic Biology and Space Physics.

Entrance requirements into a technical major include 4 years of English, 4 years preferred college preparatory mathematics, 2 years of social science, and 2 years of science with labs (3 years preferred), including chemistry and/or physics.

Non-Technical Majors: Aeronautical Science (Professional Pilot), Aeronautics, Air Traffic Management, Aviation Business Administration, Business Administration, Cyber Intelligence and Security, Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination, Forensic Psychology, Global Business, Global Security and Intelligence Studies, Industrial Psychology and Safety, Interdisciplinary Studies, Simulation Science, Games and Animation, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Wildlife Science.

Entrance requirements into a non-technical major include 4 years of English, 3 years preferred college preparatory mathematics, 2 years of social science, and 2 years of science with labs.

First-Year applicants are required to submit the following items, in order to be considered for admission:

  • Completed application for admission
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Official high school transcript or GED score
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • Optional items
    • Essay
    • Resume
    • ACT and/or SAT scores (strongly recommended)

Transcripts

The Admissions Office accepts either an official secondary school transcript or the General Education Development Certificate (GED). An official transcript or GED score report must be sent directly from the issuing institution to Embry-Riddle.

Standardized Testing

SAT I reasoning test or ACT are optional, but strongly recommended, for admission for traditional first-time U.S. citizens, permanent residents and International students.

Standardized test results are always reviewed in conjunction with your academic record and are never the sole factor used to determine acceptance to your degree program.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters from your teachers, employers or a community leader can address areas of your background which are not always evident in your academic record.  A recommendation form is available on our website, or your recommenders may choose to write a letter on their own stationary.

English Language Proficiency

The Office of Admissions strongly recommends that all of our applicants, for whom English is not the primary language, take the TOEFL or IELTS exam. This information will aid the University in accurately assessing verbal skills. For more information about testing dates and locations:

TOEFL Services
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
1-609-771-7100 (worldwide)
1-877-863-3546
http://www.toefl.org

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IELTS

http://www.ielts.org/ 

For more information concerning English language proficiency, contact the Director of International Recruitment, Office of Admissions, at (928) 777-6600.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing may be awarded for prior learning achieved through postsecondary education. Students who feel their background warrants consideration for advanced standing not already granted for specific courses may request course equivalency examinations. Flight experience will be evaluated in accordance with procedures outlined later in this section.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all documentation is submitted to the University. This information can either be sent with the application for admission or mailed under separate cover. Formal application for advanced standing for flight training must be made before the end of the student’s first semester of attendance.

All academic evaluations for advanced standing will be completed before the end of the student’s first semester of attendance at, or readmission to, the University. The student will be given a copy of the completed official evaluation and have 30 calendar days to question the credit awarded. Advanced standing and transfer credit granted in accordance with these procedures will be authenticated and maintained by the Records Office. Documentation that may be submitted for consideration toward advanced standing includes military training, FAA certificates, official examination scores, and professional experience. Credit may be awarded as follows:

  1. The University offers advanced standing credit toward a college degree to those students who present official College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement Test scores of 3 or better on any examination. Up to 30 hours of International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be earned for official test scores of 4 or higher.
  2. Embry-Riddle follows the standards recommended by the American Council on Education for awarding credit for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general examinations. To be officially evaluated for credit, the test scores must be submitted before the student’s initial enrollment as a degree candidate. The number of credit hours recognized by Embry-Riddle for these examinations in various disciplines are as follows:

    Communications: 6 credit hours
    Humanities: 6 credit hours
    Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
    Natural Sciences: 6 credit hours
    Mathematics: 6 credit hours
     
  3. The University has approved certain CLEP subject examinations, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES) examinations, and Excelsior College Examination (ECE) for award of credit as applicable to the student’s program. Scores from these examinations must be submitted before initial enrollment as a degree candidate to be officially evaluated for credit. Credit for these examinations may not be applied toward the last 30 credit hours required for a bachelor's degree.
  4. Training in military service schools will be considered for credit by each curriculum division, based on the recommendation of the American Council on Education.
  5. Students who hold a pilot certificate may be eligible for advanced standing. Advanced standing based on a pilot certificate may be awarded for the appropriate flight course. A student who received college credit for their flight training may be eligible for advanced standing for certain academic courses. A determination of the exact amount of credit to be awarded will be made by the Records Office and the Flight Department. In any case, advanced standing credit must be applied for during the first semester. To obtain credit, the applicable FAA certificate must be presented at the time that the advance standing request is made. All advance standing credit for flight courses will be recorded on academic transcripts after the first flight course is completed at Embry-Riddle.
  6. Students holding a Commercial Pilot Certificate or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, with significant recent experience beyond the basic certification level, may petition for additional credit. All certificate levels refer to U.S. FAA certificates. Foreign certificate holders must convert their licenses to U.S. FAA certificates prior to any credit being awarded.
  7. The degree program for which holders of the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificate may receive advanced standing is Aeronautics.
  8. The Aeronautics degree awards college credit based on an individual’s past training and job experience in an aviation-related field. A description of advanced standing applicable to the Aeronautics degree may be found in the Academic Programs section of the catalog.
  9. A student who possesses qualifications not listed above and who believes that his/her background warrants consideration for advanced standing may submit appropriate evidence of credentials for evaluation.

Transfer Applicants

The University welcomes applicants who have demonstrated success at other institutions of higher education. For purposes of admission, a transfer student is defined as any student who has earned college credit after graduating from high school. Transfer applicants are required to submit transcripts from each institution attended.

In making transfer admission decisions, the Admissions Office reviews official transcripts of all college-level work attempted and completed, and letters of recommendation provided. Transfer candidates who have earned fewer than 30 college-level credit hours may be required to submit an official final high school transcript. The minimum grade point average required for admission to Embry-Riddle is a 2.00 from the last institution attended and a combined GPA of 2.00. Most successful transfer applicants present at least a 2.50 (C+) average on a four-point scale. Applicants with grade point averages between a 2.00 and a 2.50 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The University reserves the right to refuse admission to students who are on probationary status or who were academically dismissed from other colleges or universities. If the University admits such students, they will be admitted with conditional status.

Transfer applicants are required to submit the following items, in order to be considered for admission:

  • Completed application for admission
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts of all college-level work attempted and completed
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • Optional items
    • Essay
    • Resume
    • Official final high school transcript or GED scores (strongly recommended if fewer than 30 college-level credit hours)

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit may be granted under the following conditions:

  1. Appropriate coursework completed at another accredited institution with a grade of A, B, C, P, or equivalent will be accepted. Grades are not transferable.
  2. Previous flight experience may be accepted in accordance with the Embry-Riddle policy as stated in the Advanced Standing section of this chapter.
  3. Credit hours are transferable if earned at institutions accredited by the appropriate regional agency. Academic credit that was earned more than ten years ago will be reviewed and accepted on a case by case basis. It is left to the discretion of the student, in consultation with the student's academic advisor, to determine whether to retake the courses when placement testing indicates a deficiency. Embry-Riddle has sole discretion in determining which and how many transfer credit hours will be accepted toward degree requirements.
  4. Embry-Riddle evaluates previous academic credit on a course-by-course basis. If classes are not applicable to the student's degree program at Embry-Riddle, they will be considered as electives in excess of minimum degree requirements. The level of credit (upper or lower division) is determined by evaluation of the course at Embry-Riddle.
  5. Embry-Riddle may, at its discretion, require an evaluation examination for any course submitted for transfer credit if there is doubt concerning the equivalency of the transfer course with a similar course offered at Embry-Riddle. Embry-Riddle cannot guarantee that courses are transferable. Courses are accepted at the discretion of the University.
  6. The transfer student's records (transcripts, etc.) will be evaluated according to the rules and regulations as described in the catalog and University policies in effect at the time the student begins courses at Embry-Riddle. After evaluation, the student will be sent a course-by-course outline of all transfer credit accepted by the University.

Nontraditional Student Applicants

Embry-Riddle acknowledges that full-time employment or other life experiences often provide the motivation and discipline to be a successful student in college. If a student’s academic career has been interrupted for a minimum of three years due to personal or financial reasons, the care of dependents, or serving time in the U.S. military, Embry-Riddle considers the student a nontraditional applicant and recognizes that his/her high school academic record may not accurately reflect the student’s ability. When reviewing the student’s application, unique circumstances are taken into account prior to determining whether the applicant should be a first-year or transfer student. If a GED (General Education Development Certificate) has been earned, an official copy of the results must be sent from the issuing agency.

The following items must be provided by those Nontraditional Student Applicants wishing to be considered for admission:

  • Completed application for admission
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Official final high school transcript or GED scores
  • Documentation of activities or full-time employment experience (civilian, military, or any combination equaling three years)
  • At least two letters of recommendation

Returning Student Applicants

An Embry-Riddle student whose attendance at the University is interrupted may be required to apply for readmission. In such cases, a new application for admission must be submitted. For more information, refer to the Continuous Enrollment paragraph under the Undergraduate Regulations and Procedures section of the catalog.

Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

Embry-Riddle recognizes the needs of working adults who are interested in furthering their education for retraining or for enhancing professional skills. Students who meet University admission requirements are permitted to enroll in courses as special students in a non-degree seeking status. These students are permitted to continue their enrollment as long as they maintain satisfactory academic status or until they file a formal application for admission as a degree-seeking student.

Degree Completion Program/Active Duty Military Personnel

All branches of the armed services offer various “Bootstrap” and degree completion programs. Embry-Riddle welcomes applications from qualified military personnel seeking to participate in such programs.

Applications must be submitted by established deadlines. Upon receipt of the student’s application and supporting documents, the University will evaluate previous college coursework, military education, and work experience to determine eligibility for advanced standing. Each applicant receives a copy of the University evaluation form stating specifically the courses for which credit has been given.

Honors Program

The Honors Program at Embry-Riddle is highly selective, offering students an enriched educational experience focused on leadership, research, and ethics, while also giving them opportunities to enhance campus and community life for others. Honors Program students enroll in three Honors Seminars, complete Honors directed research, and participate in the Honors Student Association service, community, and professional development events.  Graduates of the Honors Program are models of academic excellence and student leadership.

Additional benefits include: Priority registration beginning the 2nd semester, priority housing with other Honors freshmen, and scholarship opportunities for study abroad, research, and travel.

Students interested in joining the Honors Program must complete the separate application, in addition to the Prescott Admissions Application. The Honors Program Application is available through the Honors Program website.

Admitted Student Information

Important information regarding University policies and procedures will be sent to students upon acceptance. All students accepted for admission must submit a non-refundable $200 tuition deposit by the stated date in order to accept the offer of admission. This deposit confirms your intent to attend the University and is credited toward the first semester’s tuition.

If you decide to accept our offer of admission for the fall term, you must submit the tuition deposit by the National Candidates Reply Date of May 1. Spring term deposit date is November 1. Summer term deposit dates are April 1 for summer A and May 1 for summer B.

The deposit will be held in the student's account for one year. If the student does not enroll after one year, the deposit is forfeited.

A student who cancels the application at any point in the admissions process may reactivate the application without a fee for one year following the date of cancellation. After one year, a new application, fee, and supporting documents must be submitted.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s admission decision is valid for one term only. Further, when a scholarship is awarded, it is only valid beginning the specific term indicated in the award and/or admissions notification letter. Because admission and scholarship criteria may change from one term to another, admission decisions and scholarship awards are not automatically deferred.

Students requesting a deferral outside of the academic year into which they were originally accepted are required to submit their request in writing to the Director of Admissions. The request must include the reason(s) for the deferral. Scholarship deferrals for one term are at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid as these awards are offered for fall term enrollment.