Rwex414 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 82 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
I am student right now attending high school and I’m hoping to go into aviation for collage and becoming a commercial pilot. I was wondering what the top ten universities are for becoming a pilot are. Right now I’m leaning towards attending Western Michigan University because I have heard many great things about them and for me its in state, and that makes it a lot cheaper. If anyone has any information on what major airlines look for and if anyone can recommend any other universities please share.
COERJ145 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Embry-Riddle Aeronauticle University in Prescott, AZ and Daytona Beach, FL is a great school, as well as the University of North Dakota Grand Forks(UND). Embry-Riddle and UND both have a very good reputation(hence the "Harvard of the Skies" nickname). Having visited those I really like them; great campus's, aircraft, and staff. ERAU Prescott has the best campus IMHO, although small, as well as for good weather. ERAU Daytona is nice, but has the city atmosphere and is larger. The price for Riddle is expensive though. Also, if you go to Riddle, don't expect to find many hot chicks(those who are there are usually taken, I found this out from a friend who goes there). UND is the largest, but with the North Dakota winters. I also hear Perdue University and Ohio State have good aviation programs. If you do their flight programs, I recommend getting your Private Pilot License elsewhere though, it'll save you money(especially at UND/Emby-Riddle).
LGAtoIND From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 490 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Although I am a graduate of the Purdue School of Aviation Technology (Boiler Up!), I will say that personal bias aside, most aviation professionals will agree that the 3 "best" aviation colleges in the USA are, in no particular order, Embry-Riddle, Purdue, and North Dakota.
I know I will get flamed from all of the Utah Valley community college grads telling me how amazing their program is...
MPDPilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Quoting LGAtoIND (Reply 5): most aviation professionals will agree that the 3 "best" aviation colleges in the USA are, in no particular order, Embry-Riddle, Purdue, and North Dakota.
I would argue with that. (don't misunderstand, they are good schools, but perhaps not the best)
Arizona State University Polytechnic is another less known school, but good. The flight training is done with a partnership with Mesa Airlines. I have heard from people at Mesa that our program puts out some of if not the best trained pilots for commercial aviation. The flight training is done by Mesa Pilot Development which also has two year programs in Texas and New Mexico. Arizona's program does come with a four year degree and 44 hrs in a CRJ sim at Mesa Air and an interview with Mesa Airlines when you graduate. Feel free to message me for more info.
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Mneo From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2004, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
I say go to WMU, all the other schools are good, but def not worth the price. A friend of mine JUST got his PPL at ERAU in daytona, because of delays, not being able to get planes on time and this year FL had some bad VFR weather. His PPL alone cost him well over 10K. (some ERAU students can correct me but i think an hour of multi in the Diamond is around $900)
IIRC British Airways used to send its cadets to WMU for flight training
But its a wise idea to save that money, ether for less loans or more flight hours, MEI, ect...
Phxplanes From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 436 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Quoting MPDPilot (Reply 6): Arizona State University Polytechnic is another less known school, but good.
Quoting MPDPilot (Reply 6): Arizona's program does come with a four year degree and 44 hrs in a CRJ sim at Mesa Air and an interview with Mesa Airlines when you graduate.
You cant beat that, you take two CRJ ops classes as part of your education and also get those hours in the CRJ FTD as well as full motion sim. I have talked to graduates who say the basically sleep through ground school because they already know everything about the CRJ (and thats not just people who went to Mesa Airlines)
Also you you get all your flight training done in 2 1/2 years. (Private, Instrument, Commercial, CFI, CFII, and multi) I know you cant do that at riddle.
N353SK From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 886 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
WMU may not have the BEST reputation in the world, but it is a very good aviation school and as a Michigan resident it will probably be to most affordable option for you. You get to fly the cirrus and you may graduate without being "riddled" with debt!
I'm going to WMU in a year. It only makes sense to go there since they specialize in just about anything aviation related and best of all it's in state. As a result there's no need to pay an arm and a leg for out-of-state tuition.
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22344 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Quoting Mneo (Reply 8): some ERAU students can correct me but i think an hour of multi in the Diamond is around $900
No no no no. It's expensive, but not that expensive. It's about $250 an hour, which is comparable to what you will find for other twin trainers (cheaper than a Seminole due to it's microscopic fuel burn).
In any case, do NOT go to ERAU. Not because it's not good training (it is), but because the degree you come out with will be utterly useless should the aviation field collapse (and what do you know, it looks like it might do that any day now). Whatever you do, get a degree (not just a minor) in something other than aviation so that if you should get furloughed or laid off (and chances are good it'll happen to you at least once), you don't have to think "oh crap, what now?"
Also, remember that there is a lot more to aviation than just the airlines.
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Alaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1063 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Honestly you cant listen to the people who are saying dont go here, dont go here, this place is the best, but your going to have to make the decision yourself. I can tell you everything ( good and bad) about ERAU-Prescott and to a lesser extent Daytona, feel free to pm me or ask me any questions you'd like.
Embry-Riddle Prescott Golden Eagles Flight Team
National Champions 93, 97, 99, 03, 05, 07, 08
Spartan here in OK is pretty good. They'll take all your money. (but which flight schools won't....honestly. ). The crown jewel here is a fast, newly approved, training cirriculum and the new students which get to use it from day 1 are getting their licenses extremely quickly. The bad part is we are in Oklahoma, land of weather cancellations due to adverse weather.
Bottom line, if you are funding flight school yourself you are going to be poor for awhile. Accept it.
Because you have now learned that fact, go out and get the best damn training you can. Flying at a slow uncontrolled field in the middle of nowhere will do nothing to help you if you aspire to fly out of anywhere else in your life.
FutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2613 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 3 days ago) and read 32767 times:
Quoting AlexEU (Reply 21): How expensive are aviation schools/universities in USA? And what's the point of spending you money on them, if you need to spend in on your ATPL/CPL license which is also pretty expensive?
Very, to the point where I've been able to go from nothing through the CFI/CFII/MEI in the same amount of time, for well under half the cost. In fact, I will graduate with a college degree (and 4.5yrs of out of state tuition) and the licenses and ratings for a combined total that is under what the flight students pay here.
There sure are alot of schools missing from that list. Under Illinois: Lewis, U of Illinois, and Southern Illinois all missing from the list of top schools. I dont quite understand that one. The list looks like the schools listed payed for their spots.
Personally speaking I'd say the training I've received at my school SIUC is as good as any other school. I'd like to say training quality differs from school to school but really how well you do in any program is up to you and how hard you want to try. Every school has washouts and every school has people that go on to be senior captains. There are no easy ways to go through training and instead of trying to find out what school is the best, find out which school fits what you want the best.
I chose SIU because of the price and the location. The staff and students were extremely friendly to me when I visited and they treated me better than any of the other schools I looked at. The thought of doing multi training in a Cessna 310 made me pretty excited too. Flight Team is pretty fun too. Woooooo message drop!
To actively root against anybody is just low, and I hope karma comes back at you with a vengeance