Fast Facts


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 locations in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In addition, degree programs are offered through Worldwide Online via the Internet.

Undergraduate degree programs are offered in aeronautical science; aeronautics; aerospace and occupational safety; aerospace engineering; aerospace physiology; air traffic management; astronomy and astrophysics; aviation business administration; aviation maintenance; aviation maintenance management; aviation maintenance science; aviation security; business administration; civil engineering; communication; computational mathematics; computer engineering; computer science; cyber intelligence and security; electrical engineering; emergency services; engineering; engineering physics; engineering technology; forensic accounting and fraud examination; forensic biology; forensic psychology; global business; global conflict studies; global security and intelligence studies; homeland security; human factors psychology; industrial psychology and safety; interdisciplinary studies; logistics and supply chain management; mechanical engineering; meteorology/applied meteorology; project management; safety management; simulation science, games, and animation; software engineering; spaceflight operations; space physics; technical management; unmanned aircraft systems science; unmanned systems applications; and wildlife science.

Master’s degree programs are offered in aeronautics; aerospace engineering; aviation and aerospace sustainability; aviation maintenance; business administration; business administration in aviation; civil engineering; cybersecurity engineering; cybersecurity management and policy; electrical and computer engineering; engineering management; engineering physics; entrepreneurship in technology; human factors; human security and resilience; information security and assurance; leadership; logistics and supply chain management; management; management information systems; mechanical engineering; occupational safety management; project management; safety science; security and intelligence studies; software engineering; systems engineering; unmanned and autonomous systems engineering; and unmanned systems.

Doctoral programs are offered in aerospace engineering; aviation; aviation business administration; electrical engineering and computer science; engineering physics; human factors; and mechanical engineering.

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.

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 89 instructional aircraft includes the following models: American Champion Decathlon, Cessna 150, Cessna 172S, Cessna 172S Nav III, Cessna 182RG, Diamond DA42, Diamond DA42NG, and Piper PA28R. The Prescott Campus has access to nine Robinson R44 and twelve R22 helicopters through the exclusive provider, Universal Helicopters.

Embry-Riddle's 121 simulators include the following models: CPT, Frasca 14, Frasca 142, Frasca AdvATD, Frasca C172 AATD, Frasca C172 G1000 Level 6 FTD, Frasca CRJ Level 6 FTD, Frasca DA42NG-VI Level 5 FTD, FSI CRJ Level D FFS, GATII, Paradigm DA42 AATD, PCATD, PFC CRX Twin AATD, Redbird BATD, Redbird X-Wind TD, URL UAV, and X-Wind Trainer.

The University has 16 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 more than 31,000.

Embry-Riddle students come from all 50 states and 107 nations.

At the Daytona Beach Campus, the undergraduate student body is 13% international students and 20% female students; the graduate student body is 54% international students and 28% female students.

At the Prescott Campus, the undergraduate student body is 8% international students and 25% female students; the graduate student body is 19% international students and 26% female students.

At the Worldwide Campus, the undergraduate student body is 51% military students and 11% female students; the graduate student body is 33% military students and 20% female students.

Many types of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans, are available to students, with 86% of residential campus students receiving some form of financial aid.

The average class size at the residential campuses is 24.

Statistical data from the most recent Alumni Survey show that 96.6% 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 2015-2016 fiscal year, 200 faculty members were involved in research and other sponsored projects totaling 190 active awards and 80 new awards. Externally funded grants and contracts for the year totaled more than $21 million.

The annual operating budget of Embry-Riddle is approximately $371 million.