High School Graduates

Applicants Under the Age of 20

The following documentation is required for consideration of admission for all applicants under the age of 20, who have not served in the United States military and are not a transfer student:

  • Official high school transcript or equivalent (GED®, HiSET® or TASC®);
    • Rigor of high school academic program and academic performance will be assessed at a 2.5 unweighted GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary, accredited degree-granting institutions, if applicable
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) scores, if applicable

The university expects all applicants to have completed by high school graduation the following course work, at a minimum:

  • Four years of English
  • Three years of mathematics, including Algebra I or Applied Math I & II, Formal Logic or Geometry
  • Three years of history or social science
  • Two years of science in at least two different areas, with at least one lab experience

ACT and/or SAT scores are optional, but strongly encouraged. While an essay, resume, and two letters of recommendation are not required for admission, they may help us to assess your qualifications. If submitting an essay, you’re encouraged to submit 300-500 words outlining your career goals and how Embry-Riddle will assist in attaining those goals. Resumes can include your academic and extra-curricular activities, awards, honors, employment, etc. Letters of recommendation should be from a school counselor, teacher, or employer.

Applicants Age 20 and Older

Applicants age 20 and older who are not classified as a transfer student or have not served in the US military must provide the following documentation:

  • Official high school transcript or equivalent (GED®, HiSET® or TASC®) with a 2.5 unweighted GPA or higher assessed on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary, accredited degree-granting institutions attended, if applicable, with a minimum of a 2.0 CGPA on a 4.0 scale

Applicants with Military Experience

Applicants with United States military experience, but no college transfer credit must provide the following documentation:

  • Official military transcripts showing documentation of service
  • Additional documentation may be requested for advanced standing credit 

For both undergraduate and graduate applicants, additional documentation may be required for admission and consideration of credit from military, licensure, or other documented experiential learning. Applicants using Veteran’s Administration benefits will be required to submit transcripts from all prior institutions attended (to include non-accredited and non-degree granting institutions) and all National Exam scores prior to admission. Admission into some degree programs may require an applicant to have a higher GPA, meet other special requirements, and/or submit additional documentation. Academic, judicial, and disciplinary notations on transcripts will be reviewed on a case by case basis and may impact admission.


All applicants who have educational experience outside the United States are required to provide an official course-by-course evaluation in English, to include the cumulative grade-point average, unless specifically exempted through a qualifying ERAU program. Refer to the International Admissions section of the catalog for details on foreign credential evaluations.


Embry-Riddle does not offer Career Pathway Programs therefore there are no Ability-to-Benefit testing options for students who do not currently have a high school diploma or GED.