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Embry-Riddle’s Aerospace Engineering Program Named Best in Nation for 13th Straight Year

U.S. News & World Report Also Ranks ERAU Among Top Universities in South

Daytona Beach, FL, and Prescott, AZ, September 12, 2012

For the 13th consecutive year, the Best Colleges guidebook published by U.S. News & World Report ranks Embry-Riddle’s undergraduate aerospace engineering program No. 1 in the nation and has named Embry-Riddle No. 13 out of 128 Southern universities granting mainly bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Highlights of the rankings of more than 1,600 accredited four-year schools in the United States are posted at www.usnews.com/colleges. The 2013 Best Colleges guidebook will appear on newsstands Sept. 18 and can be ordered at 1-800-836-6397 or www.usnews.com/usnews/store/college_compass.htm.

In the specialty category of “Best Undergraduate Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering Programs at Schools Whose Highest Degree is a Bachelor’s or Master’s,” Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus took first place for the 13th year in a row and the University’s Prescott, Ariz., campus ranked No. 3 for the 10th year in a row.

In another specialty category, “Best Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Programs at Schools Whose Highest Degree is a Bachelor’s or Master’s,” Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus took 12th place.

Additionally, in the broader category of “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs at Schools Whose Highest Degree is a Bachelor’s or Master’s,” Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus moved up one spot to No. 10, its sixth time in the top 10, and the Prescott campus was ranked No. 17, its sixth time in the top 20.

“I’m very proud of the College of Engineering faculty at both of our residential campuses for achieving these impressive rankings,” said Embry-Riddle President John P. Johnson. “Their emphasis on getting students involved in hands-on applied research makes Embry-Riddle the best choice for individuals seeking careers in aerospace engineering and sciences.”

Embry-Riddle offers the following engineering programs: Bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, mechanical engineering and software engineering; master’s degrees in aerospace engineering, electrical/computer engineering, engineering physics, mechanical engineering and software engineering; and a doctoral degree in engineering physics.

Also of note, this year’s Best Colleges guide named Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus No. 13 in the category of “Best Regional Universities (South),” a ranking of 128 institutions that grant primarily bachelor’s and master’s degrees. This marks the 11th straight year that Embry-Riddle has placed among the top 25 schools in this category.

Methodology

The pool of eligible schools for the engineering rankings is based on accreditation by ABET Inc., which evaluates college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. The rankings are based on the judgments of engineering deans and senior faculty, who rate each program they are familiar with. A few engineering schools with small doctoral programs, such as Embry-Riddle, are placed in the bachelor’s and master’s category.

The rankings of the regional universities are based on reputation (25 percent), graduation and retention rates (25 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent) and alumni giving rate (5 percent). 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 70 baccalaureate, master's and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit http://www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.