U.S. News & World Report Again Ranks Embry-Riddle Among Nation’s Best Colleges in Undergraduate Engineering, Aerospace Engineering


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 2019 Best Colleges guidebook, an annual listing of more than 1,800 accredited four-year schools in the United States.

“It’s great to see the continued high marks these outstanding engineering programs are receiving, given the excellent public and private institutions across the country that offer these degrees. We are proud of our students, faculty and staff for making these programs among the best in the world,” said Dr. P. Barry Butler, president of Embry–Riddle.

Prescott, Arizona Campus Rankings

This year’s rankings once again highlight a distinctive accomplishment by Embry–Riddle’s 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.

In the category of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs at schools where a doctorate is not offered, the Prescott Campus tied at No. 15 nationally and excelled as the highest-rated Arizona school in the category. This year’s ranking is also Prescott’s 13th 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. “Our students are well prepared when the graduate 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.”

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 moved up two spots in the national rankings, to No. 11, and was the No. 1 ranked school in Florida. 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 Beach Campus is once again is ranked as one of the best programs in the state of Florida, along with the University of Florida 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.

“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. It’s gratifying to see that our continued high rankings reflect 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 at the Daytona Beach Campus 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, the largest in the nation, offers bachelor’s, master’s, now including an online option, and Ph.D. degrees.

In additional rankings, the 2019 Best Colleges guidebook once again lists Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus among the Best Regional Universities in the South, tied at No. 15.

Within the Southern regional category of 148 schools, Embry-Riddle also attained the following rankings:

- Most Innovative Schools: No. 8 and the only school in Florida in the top 10.

- Best for Veterans: Tied at No. 9 and among the top ten for the sixth year in a row.

- Best Value Schools in the South: No. 46 among only 66 schools to make the list.

The Daytona Beach Campus was also recognized as a stellar example of schools that work with students to land internships, practicums or cooperative education opportunities.

Worldwide Campus Rankings

Earlier this year Embry–Riddle’s Worldwide Campus was ranked No. 2 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs, the only private, not-for-profit institute out of 346 universities nationwide ranked in the Top 5. Since 2014, Embry-Riddle Worldwide has ranked in the top five of the annual list, including being named No. 1 for the past two years.

The Worldwide Campus was once again named the top school in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans and its online graduate business program (excluding MBA) was also named one of the top programs in the nation.

“While we know how engaged and dedicated our faculty and staff are on all our campuses, it is the passion and imagination that students bring to classes, labs and campus life that sets Embry–Riddle apart,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Lon D. Moeller. “It’s also an important part of why our graduates are sought–after and excel in high–achieving, rewarding careers in the fields of aviation, aerospace and beyond.”

Highlights of U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges guidebook are posted at http://www.usnews.com/colleges, where the e-book is available for purchase. The 2018 e-book will automatically convert to Best Colleges 2019 e-book in late October. A printed copy of the 2019 guidebook will be available in early October.