Facts and Figures

History and Background

On Dec. 17, 1925, exactly 22 years after the historic flight of the Wright Flyer, barnstormer John Paul Riddle and entrepreneur T. Higbee Embry founded the Embry-Riddle Company at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio. The following spring the company opened the Embry-Riddle School of Aviation.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University began with a simple plan to train airplane pilots. Today, Embry-Riddle leads the world in aviation and aerospace higher education.

Embry-Riddle is an independent, nonsectarian, not-for-profit, coeducational university. The University serves culturally diverse students seeking careers in aviation, aerospace, engineering, and related fields. Residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., provide education in a traditional setting, while the Worldwide Campus provides instruction through a globally recognized learning system that leverages online and face-to-face methods and a network of education facilities designed to support student advancement in the U.S. and abroad.

In 2016 Embry-Riddle is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the university’s founding, and in 2015 it marked the 50th anniversary of the move from Miami, Fla., to Daytona Beach, Fla.

Additional Embry-Riddle statistics may be found on the Institutional Research website at http://ir.erau.edu.