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Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Motto "Real Education. Above all."
Established In 1926 as Embry-Riddle Flying School.[1]
Type Private[2]
Endowment $114,000,000 (May 2015)[3]
President Dr. John R. Watret
Academic staff
3,351 (2013) [4]
Students 30,687 (2014) [5]
Location Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, USA
Athletics NAIA
Colors Blue and Gold         
Nickname "the Harvard of the sky" [6]
Mascot Ernie the Eagle

Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University (also known as Embry-Riddle or ERAU) is a non-profit independent institution offering more than 70 baccalaureate, master's and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering, and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle is the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace.[7] Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida and Prescott, Arizona, and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies.[8] Called "the Harvard of the sky" in the subtitle of an article in Time Magazine in 1979,[6] Embry–Riddle's foundations go back to the early years of flight, and the University now awards associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in various disciplines, including aviation, aerospace engineering, business, and science. Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. John R. Watret has been named Interim President following the recent retirement announcement from President and CEO Dr. John P. Johnson. Dr. Watret, who joined Embry-Riddle in 1989, began his appointment on June 1, 2015. In recognition of his legacy of leadership and contributions to Embry-Riddle, Dr. Johnson has become the university’s first President Emeritus, continuing to act as university ambassador and an important link to the community.[9]


  • History 1
  • Awards & Certifications/Accreditation 2
  • Daytona Beach, Florida campus 3
  • Prescott, Arizona campus 4
  • Worldwide campus 5
  • Admissions 6
  • Professional programs 7
  • Research 8
  • Athletics 9
  • Rankings 10
  • University Presidents 11
  • Notable alumni 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14


On December 17, 1925 exactly 22 years after the Wright Brothers' first flight, entrepreneur Talton Higbee Embry and barnstormer John Paul Riddle founded the Embry-Riddle Company at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio. The following spring, the company opened the Embry-Riddle School of Aviation.[10]

The Fritz Hotel in Miami, Florida. Embry-Riddle occupied the building prior to moving to Daytona Beach, Florida.

In 1939 Riddle contacted Embry with a view to getting back into training pilots, but Embry was not interested. Riddle, now living in Miami, Florida, found a partner in John G. McKay and his wife Isabel. Keeping the Embry-Riddle name, they re-established the Embry-Riddle School of Aviation, partnering with the University of Miami to provide flight training under the Civilian Pilot Training Program, increasing the number of pilots immediately preceding World War II. The Embry-Riddle School of Aviation expanded rapidly, and soon moved to the former Fritz Hotel.[11]

Though it began as a school for pilots and aircraft mechanics, the University now offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degrees. It combines an impressive faculty with state-of-the-art buildings, laboratories, classrooms, and a diverse student population. Embry-Riddle enrolls nearly 32,000 undergraduate and graduate students annually, representing all 50 states and 125 nations. The Worldwide Campus enrolls more than 24,000 students, the Daytona Beach campus more than 5,100, and the Prescott campus more than 1,700.[10]

Awards & Certifications/Accreditation

The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at both residential campuses as well as through Embry-Riddle Worldwide at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral levels.[12] The university’s programs in Aviation Maintenance, Air Traffic Management, Applied Meteorology, Aeronautical Science, Aerospace & Occupational Safety, Flight Operations, and Airport Management are all accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).[13] The bachelor and master’s programs in business at worldwide and campus are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).[14]

The programs in Aeronautics, Air Traffic Management, Applied Meteorology, and Aerospace Studies are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).[15]

In May 2014, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Embry-Riddle Worldwide one of the nation’s top online educators for veterans.[16]

The Embry-Riddle Athletics administration announced in July 2014 that the University has been accepted into the NCAA Division II membership process.[17]

In July, the university also became the nation’s first FAA-approved training provider for student airline certification.[18]

Daytona Beach, Florida campus

The Wright Flyer statue is the centerpiece of the Daytona Beach campus. The Jack R. Hunt Memorial Library is visible in the background.

While Embry-Riddle is best known for aeronautical science and aerospace engineering, more than 30 majors are offered at the Daytona Beach campus, including Human Factors Psychology, Homeland Security, Engineering Physics, Safety Science, Business and more.[19]

Embry-Riddle's largest residential campus (185-acre (0.75 km2)) and academic headquarters has been in Daytona Beach, Florida since the move from Miami in 1965. Built adjacent to the Daytona Beach International Airport, the campus is connected to an aircraft ramp owned by the university for flight training. The main campus consists of an aviation complex, academic quad and residence halls surrounding the student center and Jack R. Hunt Aviator Park. Athletic facilities and the ICI Center are at the east end of campus.

The university’s 185-acre eastern campus is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. The campus serves a diverse student body of approximately 4,500 undergrads and 500 graduate students from 50 states and nearly 100 countries.[20]

All first-year students live on campus with sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The campus has seven residence halls and one off-campus housing complex.[21]

Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach campus has one of the most extensive Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs in the United States and the nation's largest Air Force ROTC program.[22] The ROTC program frequently wins national competitions.[23][24][25] The engineering physics program at the Daytona Beach campus is currently the largest undergraduate engineering physics program in the country and the only one specializing in aerospace.[26]

Prescott, Arizona campus

Arizona campus

Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott opened in 1978. The University's campus in Prescott, Arizona, is 100 miles north of Phoenix. The high-desert climate offers nearly 300 days of sunshine a year. The campus has an enrollment of about 2,000 students and covers 539 acres of scenic western terrain, with campus life that includes academic, residential, and recreational resources.[27]

The flight training center is at nearby Ernest A. Love Field. Facilities at the Prescott Campus include the Aerospace Experimentation and Fabrication Building, a wind tunnel lab with one supersonic and four subsonic wind tunnels, the aviation safety center with an accident investigation lab, library, the 48,000 sq ft. academic complex, the engineering and technology center, chapel, dining hall, student union and residence halls. The Prescott Campus features four academic colleges and offers 19 bachelor's degrees and two master's degrees, as well as educational programs for youths, students, and working professionals.[28]

The Prescott campus offers the only Global Security and Intelligence Studies program in the US.

The First Year Experience program is designed to help students transition to college on academic, social, and educational levels. Students in FYE housing are grouped together by major, when possible, and reside with a staff that is specially trained to handle first-year transitional issues. All first-year students under 21 years of age, without permanent residency in Yavapai County and with less than 28 earned credit hours, are required to live in University housing for their first full academic year. All FYE students reside in the Mingus Mountain Complex and are required to participate in the Dining Services meal program.[29]

Embry-Riddle's two Air Force ROTC detachments form the largest university-based Air Force commissioning source in the nation. Embry-Riddle's AFROTC detachments also produce more commissioned officers, more pilots and other rated officers for the Air Force than any other institution in the nation except the Air Force Academy. Army ROTC also operates a large detachment on the Prescott Campus.[30]

The Prescott campus is home to the Golden Eagles Flight Team, which competes in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association. Prescott's Golden Eagles Flight Team has won the regional championship for 28 consecutive years as of 2014 and have been the NIFA National Champions in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2013.[31]

Worldwide campus

Embry-Riddle Worldwide has more than 125 campuses across the globe, more than 90 on military bases and the option to take online courses. Graduates have come from more than 100 countries. And the campus is still expanding.[32]

The two largest employers of Embry-Riddle graduates are the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. Notable alumni include six NASA astronauts.[33]

Embry-Riddle Worldwide campus was established in 1970 and became a global network of more than 125 learning locations in the United States, Europe, Canada, the Middle East, and Asia,[8] including military bases.[34] Embry-Riddle Worldwide also provides a virtual "online campus". U.S. News & World Report ranked Embry-Riddle #5 Best out of almost 300 Online Bachelor's Programs.[35] Facilities with aviation functions are available for students not able to attend a residential campus. Programs of study are offered at the undergraduate and graduate level (as well as certificate and non-degree), including the rare Master of Business Administration in Aviation (MBA-A),[36] ranked #74 Best Online MBA Program (out of about 250).[37] As of 2014, the Worldwide campus was headed by Chancellor John R. Watret, Ph.D.[38]


Student Population is 5,279
Undergraduate Population is 4,679
Student to Faculty Ratio is 13:1
Percent of students admitted for Fall of 2014 is 74%.
Total applications are 4,074, of which 3,350 are male, and 724 are female. Female rate of admission is 77%, while the male rate is 73%.

Students submitting SAT/ACT test scores are considered first-time degree/certificate seeking students.
The SAT Composite Range is 980-1230 and the ACT Composite Range is 21-27.
The SAT Scores of Entering Class, with regard to percentage of applicants submitting:
SAT 25th Percentile:
Composite score: 980
Critical Reading: 470
Math: 510
Writing: 460

75th Percentile:
Composite: 1,230
Critical Reading: 590
Math: 640
Writing: 580

The ACT Scores of Entering Class, with regard to percentage of applicants submitting ACT:
25th Percentile:
Composite: 21
Critical Reading: 20
Math: 22

75th Percentile:
Composite: 27
Critical Reading: 26
Math: 28[39]

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5 percent.[40]

The average unweighted academic GPA of students currently enrolled to graduate in 2018 is 3.41. The average SAT scores of these students is 598 in Math, 555 in Critical Reading and 536 in Writing.[41]

Professional programs

ERAU hosts a variety of aviation-focused short-courses. All courses are offered in a classroom taught by industry experts. These courses — ranging in topic from Unmanned Aircraft Systems to Aircraft Accident Investigation and Management — are tailored for professionals involved in the operations, management, and supervision of aviation organizations.[42]

The Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus is home to the Robertson Safety Institute (RSI); a center for research, development, short courses, and corporate outreach in safety education. The campus has resources including the Robertson Crash Lab, Aviation Safety and Security Archives and immediate access to advanced engineering, scientific, and forensic resources.[43]


Daytona Beach While rooted in aviation, research at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus has expanded to include a diverse range of areas, including engineering, cyber and homeland security, human factors, modeling and simulation, and business. The same technologies and expertise faculty have developed and applied to aerospace and aviation related research, they now apply directly to other areas — space systems, high-performance vehicles, unmanned and autonomous systems, robotics, alternative and sustainable energy, medical human factors, commercial space operations and more.[44]

The university is expanding its partnerships with industry in developing the Aerospace Research and Technology Park adjacent to the Daytona Beach campus. Supported by new research centers and laboratories, this park will not only foster research growth on campus, but it will also provide an ideal setting for cross-fertilization and innovation between the campus and its partners. Embry-Riddle also manages the FAA NextGen Florida Test Bed, where technology is being developed that will support the nation’s expanding air transportation needs. Research will contribute to reducing fuel consumption and associated emissions, improving situational awareness for pilots, and providing safer and more efficient passenger service.[44]

Prescott At the Prescott Campus, a total of $60,000 in Eagle-Prize (E-Prize) Grants is available each year for student teams participating in collegiate, national or international design or research competitions. Teams that participate in high-stature competitions, have a diverse membership and demonstrate a great likelihood of success with sound methodology and clear business plans are most likely to receive funding.[45]

Ignite Grants, part of Embry-Riddle’s Quality Enhancement Plan, are available up to $48,000 annually for students wishing to participate in research and innovation under the tutelage of a faculty mentor.[45]


Administration announced in July 2014 that Embry-Riddle has been accepted into the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II membership process.[46] Embry-Riddle began intercollegiate athletics competition on its Daytona Beach Campus in 1988 and has since transformed into a highly successful program that sponsors 17 intercollegiate sports teams, as well as coed cheerleading. Embry-Riddle fields teams in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field (indoor/outdoor), and women’s volleyball.[47]

The Prescott Campus competes in nine sports: Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf, Women’s Fast-Pitch Softball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling and Basketball (Starting in 2015).[48]

In June, the Athletics program at the Daytona Beach Campus won the Sun Conference Commissioner’s Cup for the 15th straight year.[49]

Facilities At the Prescott Campus, the athletics area takes up the western part of campus and includes the fitness center, gymnasiums, varsity soccer field and track, and recreation fields. Just north of these sits the outdoor swimming pool and courts for racquetball, tennis, and sand volleyball. Built in 2011, the 3,465-square-foot fitness center is home to a weight room and a new cardio room with flat-screen TVs, iPod/MP3-ready workout machines, an aerobics room and classes.[50]

The Athletics Center was also recently renovated with new a Fitness Center and locker rooms. The renovation, set to be completed by June 2015, is a $4.2M project that includes new basketball court and bleachers, new trainer’s facilities, offices and more. The Daytona Campus boasts an intercollegiate softball field; an NCAA-approved quarter-mile track; an intercollegiate soccer stadium; an intercollegiate baseball field; and nine lighted, hard tennis courts with an electronic scoreboard.[47]


University rankings
Forbes[51] 530
U.S. News & World Report[52] 9 (regional)

Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report in several categories for 2015:

Regional Universities (South) - 9th
Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (were doctorate not offered) - Tie - 8th
Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering - 1st
Best Colleges for Veterans - 8th
Most Innovative Schools - Tie - 4th
Best Graduate Engineering Schools - Tie - 127th
Best Online Bachelor's Programs - Tie - 5th
Best Online MBA Programs - Tie - 74th
Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA) - Tie - 31st[53]

Furthermore, in 2015, Forbes' list of America's Top Colleges ranked Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University 530th out of 650 rated Colleges, 130th in the South, 413th in Grateful Grads and lastly, Forbes Financial Grade B[54]

The online degrees programs are ranked 64th by, which ranks online universities worldwide based on student reviews.[55]

University Presidents

  • Jack R. Hunt, 1965-1984
  • Lt. Gen. Kenneth L. Tallman, 1984-1991
  • Dr. Steven M. Sliwa, 1991-1998
  • Dr. George H. Ebbs, 1998-2005
  • Dr. John P. Johnson, 2005–2015. Became the University's first President Emeritus on June 1, 2015
  • Dr. John R. Watret, Interim June 1, 2015 – present

Notable alumni


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