Undergraduate Admissions

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 (if applicable). 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, Data Science, Forensic Biology, Simulation Science, Games & Animation 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 and Supply Chain Management, Global Security and Intelligence Studies, Human Factors Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology,  and Uncrewed Aircraft Systems.

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
  • Optional items
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Essay
    • Resume
    • ACT and/or SAT scores (strongly recommended)

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)


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

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
  • Optional items
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Essay
    • Resume
    • Official final high school transcript or GED scores (strongly recommended if fewer than 30 college-level credit hours)

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 Office of the Registrar. 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 Office of the Registrar 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 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.

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.

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 the last three years)
  • Optional items
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Essay
    • Resume

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.

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.  Students in this status will be allowed to complete up to 24 credit hours, after which they must apply through Admissions for matriculation into a degree program.