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Learn About Embry-Riddle: Fast Facts
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 are offered through Worldwide Online via the Internet.
- Embry-Riddle has a $23 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.
- Undergraduate degree programs are offered in aeronautical science; aeronautics; aerospace and occupational safety; aerospace engineering; air traffic management; applied meteorology; astronomy; aviation business administration; aviation maintenance science; business administration; civil engineering; commercial space operations; communication; computational mathematics; computer engineering; computer science; cyber intelligence and security; electrical engineering; engineering physics; global business; global security and intelligence studies; homeland security; human factors psychology; industrial psychology and safety; interdisciplinary studies; mechanical engineering; software engineering; space physics; unmanned aircraft systems science; and wildlife science.
- Master’s degree programs are offered in aeronautics; aerospace engineering; aviation science; business administration; business administration in aviation management; electrical and computer engineering; engineering physics; human factors and systems; mechanical engineering; safety science; software engineering; and unmanned and autonomous systems engineering.
- Doctoral programs are offered in aerospace engineering, aviation, and engineering physics.
- 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
- Embry-Riddle offers training for aviation maintenance professionals through the Aviation Maintenance Science (AMS) department at Daytona Beach. These programs include associate and bachelor's 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.
- The University’s fleet of 88 instructional aircraft includes the following models: American Champion Decathlon, Cessna 150, Cessna 162, Cessna 172R, Cessna 172S, Cessna 172S Nav III, Cessna 182RG, Diamond DA42, Diamond DA42NG, and Piper PA28R.
- Embry-Riddle’s 40 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, PCATD, and Redbird X-Wind.
- The University has 14 state-of-the-art Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) simulators capable of operating as individual pilot/sensor workstations or paired together to simulate the crew station of a UAS.


- Combined annual enrollment for all campuses is nearly 32,000.
- Embry-Riddle students come from all 50 states and 125 nations. International students make up 15% of the student body at the Daytona Beach Campus and 6% at the Prescott Campus. Female students make up 17% of the student body at the Daytona Beach Campus and 18% at the Prescott Campus.
- Many types of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans, are available to students, with 91% of residential campus students receiving some form of financial aid.
- The student/faculty ratio at the residential campuses is 13-to-1 and the average class size is 23.
- Statistical data from the most recent Alumni Survey show that 93% of Embry-Riddle graduates from the Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses are either employed or have continued their education within one year of graduation.
- In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, 188 faculty members and students were involved in research and other activities on 161 sponsored projects. Externally funded grants and contracts for all three campuses for the year totaled $17 million.
- The annual operating budget of Embry-Riddle is approximately $315 million. [ home ]

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