Undergraduate Admissions

First-Year Applicant

The University defines a first-year applicant as one who is applying for degree status directly from high school. The University offers admission to all applicants who present an academic record that demonstrates their ability to graduate. To reach an admissions decision, the following information is considered: overall academic performance and course load, rank in class (if available), selected major, 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 include 4 years of English; 3 years minimum, 4 years preferred college preparatory mathematics; 3 years of social science; and 2 years of science including a laboratory science, 3 years preferred. Additional courses may be required depending on the major selected. Admitted students usually present more than the minimum requirements. The University reserves the right to change entrance requirements without prior notice.

Standardized Testing

SAT I reasoning test or ACT is strongly recommended for admission for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. International students, please see the International Applicants section of this chapter for further admission requirements.

Admitted Student Information

Students accepted for admission must submit a $200 non-refundable tuition deposit by the stated date. This deposit confirms attendance to 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 May 1. Spring term deposit date is Nov. 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 in case the student enrolls during that year. 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 at any time up to the admissions deadline for the same semester of the following academic year. After one year, a new application, fee, and supporting documents must be submitted.

English Language Proficiency

Admissions encourages all of our applicants for whom English is not the primary language spoken at home to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam to supplement their verbal SAT I score. This information will aid the University in accurately assessing verbal skills. For more information about testing dates and locations, contact:

TOEFL Services
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
1-609-771-7100 (worldwide)


IELTS International Services
825 Colorado Boulevard, Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Telephone: 323 255 2771

The College Board
5 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY 10023
(212) 713-8000

The College Board
Box 1025
Berkeley, CA 94701

You can also meet the language proficiency requirement by completing Embry-Riddle's intensive language program (Embry-Riddle Language Institute or ERLI). For more information about ERLI contact:

Daytona Beach Campus
Phone (386) 226-6192
Email: erli@erau.edu

Website: http://db.erau.edu/erli


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. 

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing may be awarded for prior learning achieved through postsecondary education, testing, work and/or training experience, or programs completed before enrollment at Embry-Riddle. 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 at the appropriate campus.

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 by the Admissions Office and maintained by the Office of the Registrar. Documentation that may be submitted for consideration toward advanced standing includes military training, FAA certificates, credit for examination scores, and professional experience. Credit may be awarded as follows:

  1. The University offers advanced placement 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 degree or the last 15 credit hours required for an associate 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. Contact the Aeronautical Science Department for a determination of the exact amount of credit to be awarded. 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 advanced standing credit for flight courses will be recorded on academic transcripts 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. Students may be required to complete a flight evaluation or successfully complete a flight course on campus before becoming eligible to enroll in any off-campus Embry-Riddle affiliated airline training program. All certificate levels refer to U.S. FAA certificates. Foreign certificate holders must convert their licenses to FAA-issued certificates prior to any credit being awarded.
  7. Students who hold the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificate may receive advanced standing.
  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 their 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.

In making transfer admission decisions, the Admissions Office reviews official transcripts of all college-level work attempted and completed. Transfer candidates who have earned fewer than 30 college-level credit hours are also required to submit an official final high school transcript. Applicants who graduated from a Florida high school should submit official high school transcript in order to be eligible for the Florida tuition discount. 

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 from all Universities attended. The minimum GPA for transfer students applying to technical majors is 2.5. 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 2.40 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 Credit

For information on transfer credit.

For specific information on transfer credit course equivalencies.

  1. Transfer credit may be granted under the following conditions:
    1. To enable the University to properly advise incoming students, transcripts of all completed course work from other institutions should be received prior to the matriculation.  All work and licenses previously completed should be submitted, even if they do not apply to the degree program.
    2. Appropriate coursework completed at an accredited degree granting institution listed in the Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education (AIPE) published by the American Council of Education (ACE) with a grade of A, B, C, P, or equivalent will be accepted.
    3. Grades are not transferable.
    4. Previous flight experience may be accepted in accordance with the Embry-Riddle policy as stated in the Advanced Standing section of this chapter. Credit hours are transferable if earned at institutions accredited by the appropriate regional agency. Non-duplicate transfer credit will be accepted for courses completed within the past ten years. Transfer of credits older than ten years will be considered 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.
    5. Embry-Riddle evaluates previous academic credit on a course-by-course basis. Acceptable transfer work will be indicated on the Embry-Riddle transcript. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The transfer student’s records (transcripts, etc.) will be evaluated according to the rules and regulations as described in this catalog, and in accordance with University policies in effect at the time of the student’s admission to a degree program. 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 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. If a GED (General Education Development Certificate) has been earned, an official copy of the results must be sent to Embry-Riddle from the issuing agency. The following items must be provided by those wishing to be considered for admission:

  1. Completed application form and $50 application fee (nonrefundable).
  2. Official copy of high school transcript or completion of the General Education Development Test (GED scores must be sent to Embry-Riddle directly by the testing agency).
  3. Documentation of activities or full-time employment experience (civilian, military, or any combination equaling three years).

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 filed with the Director of Admissions. For more information, refer to the Continued Enrollment 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.  Students in this status will be allowed to complete up to 24 credit hours (12 for graduate), after which they must apply through the Admissions Office for matriculation into a degree program.  Persons interested in applying as non-degree seeking students can get more information from the Admissions Office.

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.