2021 U.S. News & World Report Rankings – Embry-Riddle Claims Top Spot among Nation’s Undergraduate Aerospace Engineering Programs
For the fourth year in a row, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona Campus has claimed the nation’s No. 1 spot in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges guidebook, in the category of Best Undergraduate Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical Engineering Programs at schools where a doctorate is not offered.
Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Florida campus also earned high marks in an array of categories in the U.S. News & World Report annual listings, being named among the top five schools in its region for veterans as well as innovation.
The university also ranked highly in the categories of Best Southern Regional University, Best Value, Best Undergraduate Teaching, and as one of the Best Undergraduate Aerospace/ Aeronautical/ Astronautical Engineering Programs in the nation at schools that offer doctorate degrees.
“We take great pride in preparing tomorrow’s leaders in aviation, aerospace, business, engineering and STEM fields,” said University President P. Barry Butler. “From airline executives to astronauts, entrepreneurs to high-ranking military officers, Embry-Riddle alumni advance technology and contribute to global endeavors that drive the modern world.”
Prescott, Arizona Campus Rankings
In the category of Best Undergraduate Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical Engineering Programs at schools where a doctorate is not offered, Prescott is the No. 1 ranked school in the country for the fourth year in a row.
In the category of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs at schools where a doctorate is not offered, the Prescott Campus is tied at No.13 nationally and excelled as the highest-rated Arizona school in the category. This year’s ranking is also Prescott’s 15th appearance in the top 20 nationwide.
The Prescott Campus also achieved the following rankings:
- Best Undergraduate Electrical / Electronics / Communication Engineering Program where a doctorate is not offered: Tied at No. 12.
- Best Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Program where a doctorate is not offered: Tied at No. 17.
- Best Undergraduate Computer Engineering where a doctorate is not offered: Tied at 18.
“Being recognized as the top undergraduate aerospace engineering program in the country for schools without a doctorate for the fourth year in a row speaks volumes about the commitment we have made to fully engage our students in a hands-on curriculum with state-of-the-art labs and research opportunities that helps place our graduates in leadership positions throughout the aerospace and aviation industries,” said Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus Chancellor Dr. Anette M. Karlsson.
Daytona Beach, Florida Campus Rankings
At the Daytona Beach Campus, in Best Undergraduate Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical Engineering Programs at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, the university is ranked No. 8. In previous years, when the campus was ranked among non-doctorate schools, it was No. 1 in this category for 16 consecutive years.
The Daytona Beach Campus’ Aerospace Engineering program is the largest in the nation and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, including an online option through the Worldwide Campus, as well as Ph.D. degrees.
For the ranking of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, the Daytona Beach Campus is ranked as one of the top four programs in the State of Florida, along with the University of Florida, Florida A&M University and University of Central Florida. In previous years, when the campus was ranked among non-doctorate schools, it was in the top 12 in this category for 14 consecutive years.
“At the College of Engineering, we cultivate an atmosphere of pride, innovation and know-how, while emphasizing academic rigor and experiential learning to instill in our graduates the values of ethics, professionalism and service as they advance in their careers,” said Daytona Beach Campus College of Engineering Dean Dr. Maj Mirmirani.
The university’s engineering degree programs at the Daytona Beach Campus include aerospace, civil, computer, cybersecurity, electrical, mechanical, software, systems, and unmanned and autonomous systems, in addition to other engineering-related programs.
Best Regional Universities in the South Rankings
The 2021 Best Colleges guidebook once again lists the Daytona Beach Campus among the Best Regional Universities in the South, ranking the school is tied No. 9, the 17th year in a row the school has been in the top 20.
Within the Southern regional category of 176 schools, Embry-Riddle also achieved the following rankings:
- Most Innovative Schools: Tied at No. 5 out of only 21 schools to make the list.
- Best for Veterans: Tied at No. 5 and among the top ten for the eighth year in a row.
- Best Value Schools: No. 30 among only 56 schools to make the list.
- Best Undergraduate Teaching: Tied at No. 20.
The Daytona Beach Campus was additionally recognized within the southern regional university category as a School with the Most International Students.
“Embry-Riddle’s dedication to our students' academic success focuses on providing them with discovery-based learning opportunities and real-world industry experience so that they can achieve success in the workforce and pursue meaningful, productive lives,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Lon D. Moeller.
Worldwide Campus Rankings
Earlier this year, Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus was ranked No. 2 in Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs. Since 2014, Embry-Riddle Worldwide has ranked in the top five of the annual list, including being named No. 1 three out of the past five years. The Worldwide Campus was also once again named the top school in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.
Embry-Riddle Worldwide Chancellor Dr. John R. Watret said, “The U.S. News & World Report Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs rankings reaffirm Embry-Riddle’s steadfast commitment to academic excellence, the high value of our degrees based on our graduates’ ability to secure rewarding jobs, and accessibility for all students, from first-generation university students to veterans and military members.”
Highlights of U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges guidebook are posted at http://www.usnews.com/colleges, where the e-book is available for purchase.