Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s undergraduate engineering programs at the school’s residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., have once again received superior marks in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges guidebook, an annual listing of nearly 1,800 accredited four-year schools in the United States.
This year’s rankings highlight a special achievement by the Prescott Campus. 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. Only two other schools obtained enough votes to make the list this year – the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.
In the category of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs at schools where a doctorate is not offered, the Prescott Campus tied at No. 14 out of 200 eligible schools and excelled as the highest-rated Arizona school in the category. This year’s ranking is also Prescott’s 12th appearance in the top 20 nationwide.
“We’re proud to be recognized as the top undergraduate aerospace engineering program in the country,” said Dr. Ron Madler, Dean of the College of Engineering at the Prescott Campus. “Embry-Riddle has a long history of preparing graduates to ‘hit the ground running’ early in their careers. Our students are well prepared because they’re fully engaged in a hands-on curriculum with state-of-the-art labs and facilities and are mentored by faculty with significant industry experience.”
At the Daytona Beach Campus, in Best Undergraduate Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical Engineering Programs at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, the campus tied at No. 13 out of only 16 schools that received enough votes to be ranked this year, making it the top-ranked Florida school in this category and advancing from last year’s rank when it was tied at No. 16. In previous years, when the campus was ranked among non-doctorate schools, it was No. 1 in this category for 16 consecutive years.
For the ranking of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, the Daytona Campus moved up in the ranking and once again is ranked as one of the best programs in the state of Florida, second only to the University of 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.
“Our engineering programs are based on experiential learning, incorporating discovery into the teaching process, promoting innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset, and instilling the values of ethics, professionalism and service. I’m delighted to see that our ranking reflects the quality of our programs,” said Dr. Maj Mirmirani, Dean of the College of Engineering at the Daytona Beach Campus.
The university’s engineering degree programs encompass the fields of aerospace, civil, computer, cybersecurity, electrical, mechanical, software, systems, and unmanned and autonomous systems, in addition to other engineering-related programs. Embry-Riddle’s aerospace engineering program, which offers bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees, is the largest in the nation.
In additional rankings, the 2018 Best Colleges guidebook once again lists Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus among the Best Regional Universities (South), tied at No. 12. This is the 13th year in a row that Embry-Riddle has placed in the top 13 in that category.
Within the Southern regional category of 149 schools, Embry-Riddle also attained the following rankings:
- Most Innovative Schools: No. 6 and one of only seven schools in the south to make the list.
- Best for Veterans: Tied at No. 7 and among the top eight for the fifth year in a row.
- Best Value Schools in the South: No. 40 among only 64 schools to make the list.
The guidebook also noted the high level of international students, campus ethnic diversity, student internship offerings, and freshman retention rate at the Daytona Beach Campus.
Highlights of U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges guidebook are posted at www.usnews.com/colleges, where the e-book is available for purchase. The print guidebook will appear in stores Oct. 10.
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