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, Asia, and the Middle East. 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; air traffic management; astronomy and astrophysics; aviation business administration; aviation maintenance science; aviation security; business administration; civil engineering; commercial space operations; communication; computational mathematics; computer engineering; computer science; cyber intelligence and security; electrical engineering; emergency services; engineering fundamentals; 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/operational meteorology; safety management; software engineering; space physics; technical management; transportation; unmanned aircraft systems science; unmanned systems applications; and wildlife science.

Master’s degree programs are offered in aeronautics; aerospace engineering; aviation finance; business administration; business administration in aviation; civil engineering; cybersecurity engineering; cybersecurity management and policy; electrical and computer engineering; engineering management; engineering physics; 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 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 108 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 DA42L, FSI CRJ Level D FFS, Paradigm DA42 FTD, PCATD, Redbird BATD, Redbird X-Wind 200, 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 nearly 29,000.

Embry-Riddle students come from all 50 states and 106 nations. International students make up 14% of the student body at the Daytona Beach Campus and 10% at the Prescott Campus. Female students make up 19% of the student body at the Daytona Beach Campus and 23% at the Prescott Campus.

Many types of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans, are available to students, with 90% 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 2014-2015 fiscal year, 181 faculty members were involved in research and other sponsored projects totaling 205 active awards and 91 new awards. Externally funded grants and contracts for the year totaled more than $16 million.

The annual operating budget of Embry-Riddle is approximately $359 million.