History and Background
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world's oldest, largest, and most prestigious university specializing in aviation and aerospace. It is the only fully accredited, aviation-oriented university in the world.
- Embry-Riddle was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Dec. 17, 1925, by barnstormer John Paul Riddle and entrepreneur T. Higbee Embry, as the Embry-Riddle Company. The company opened the Embry-Riddle School of Aviation the following spring.
- Embry-Riddle is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian, coeducational university serving culturally diverse students seeking careers in aviation, aerospace, business, engineering, and related fields.
- Embry-Riddle is a tax-exempt educational institution organized under IRS Sec. 501(c)(3) and Sec. 509(a).
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, composed of the Daytona Beach Campus, the Prescott Campus, and the Worldwide Campus, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, Telephone: 404-679-4500) to award degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.
- Embry-Riddle has traditional, residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona. Embry-Riddle's Worldwide Campus provides educational opportunities to working adults at more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In addition, degree programs can be pursued via the Internet through Worldwide Online.
- Embry-Riddle has a $30 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense that maintains the University's long-time status as the sole provider of aviation-related degree programs to the U.S. military in Europe.
- At the residential campuses, certificate programs in flight (private, commercial, instrument, multi-engine, flight instructor, and instrument flight instructor ratings) and flight dispatch are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
- Undergraduate degree programs are offered in aeronautical science; aeronautics; aerospace engineering; air traffic management; applied meteorology; aviation business administration; aviation environmental science; aviation maintenance science; aviation management; business administration; civil engineering; communication; computational mathematics; computer engineering; computer science; electrical engineering; engineering physics; global security and intelligence studies; homeland security; human factors psychology; interdisciplinary studies; mechanical engineering; safety science;software engineering; space physics; and unmanned aircraft systems science.
- Master’s degree programs are offered in aeronautics; aerospace engineering; business administration; business administration in aviation management; electrical and computer engineering; engineering physics; human factors and systems; mechanical engineering; multidisciplinary engineering; safety science; and software engineering.
- Doctoral programs are offered in aviation and in engineering physics.
- The University’s fleet of 94 instructional aircraft includes the following models: American Champion Decathlon, Cessna 150, Cessna 162, Cessna 172 G1000, Cessna 172R, Cessna 172S, Cessna 172S Nav III, Cessna 182RG, Diamond DA42, Diamond DA42NG, Piper PA28R, and Piper PA44
- Embry-Riddle’s 41 simulators include the following models: CPT, Frasca 141 FTD, Frasca 142 FTD, Frasca AdvATD, Frasca C172 G1000 Level 6 FTD, Frasca C172 Level 6 FTD, Frasca CRJ Level 6 FTD, Frasca DA42 Level 6 FTD, Frasca PA44 Level 6 FTD, PCATD, and Redbird X-Wind.
- Embry-Riddle offers training for aviation maintenance professionals through the Aviation Maintenance Science (AMS) department at Daytona Beach. These programs include associate and bachelor degrees, FAA-approved training for airframe and powerplant mechanic certification, and a specialization in avionics line maintenance. FCC certification training is also available through AMS.
- Many types of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans, are available to students, with 95% of residential campus students receiving some form of financial aid.
- Statistical data from the most recent Alumni Survey shows that 95% of Embry-Riddle graduates overall are either employed or have continued their education within one year of graduation
- During the 2010-2011 academic year, 350 students were awarded co-op or intern positions.
- Combined annual enrollment for all campuses is more than 33,000.
- Embry-Riddle students come from all 50 states and 121 nations. International students make up 14% of the student body at the Daytona Beach campus and 4% at the Prescott campus. Female students make up 16% of the student body at the Daytona Beach campus and 18% at the Prescott campus.
- The student/faculty ratio at the residential campuses is 15-to-1 and the average class size is 23.
- The annual operating budget of Embry-Riddle is approximately $297 million.
- Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach campus, one of the largest employers in Volusia County, Florida, has a $444 million annual economic impact on the county.
- In the 2010-2011 fiscal year, 198 faculty members were involved in research and other activities with 158 sponsored projects. The total value of all active awards was more than $13 million.