cathytroyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 2 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2635 times:
Hello, aviation world, I am a junior in high school from Indiana! I recently started becoming interested in aviation. I am currently taking flying lessons, and I have 15 flight hours in! It's trully an amazing experience. Over the course of time, I have been strongly considering pursuing this as a career. The only problem is, I do not know what college I should go to. I have been looking into Purdue's aviation program, and it seems perfect, but is it the best choice?
CairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 404 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2597 times:
Quite a few good schools out there. Some names I can throw out to you...Embry Riddle, Florida Institute of Technology, Purdue, University of New Haven...some others out there as well. As to what is the best school, that varies. Do you want to be a pilot? Do you want to learn the business end of it? Do you want to learn how to work on aircraft? Keep in mind you may have changes of interests as you progress, so try to find a school that has a broad area of study in the field of aviation. Also look for a school that has a broad range of other classes, and a good student life. If you want to be 100% engrossed in aviation then Embry Riddle would be an option. If you want a good solid area of study in the field but with an option to change majors to say..engineering, then Purdue would be a choice. Study the demographics...men vs women, outside activities, area and location. One school may have an amazing program, but you would be trapped in a school with no social activities, while another school may not be as advanced, but still have a good program but with more of a "college life". Perhaps you school guidance can give you some ideas...and don't be afraid to ask your flight instructor where he or she went to school. They would know first hand. Good luck!
flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7175 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2558 times:
UND is a great school for aviation and it also has a non-aviation campus life. I would suggest Purdue over it though because it is a "real" college experience. But I see you are from Indiana so maybe you want to get out of the state. I was accepted into the Purdue Aviation program in 2006 but I did not attend it. It is an awesome campus though and has some awesome people.
Anyway I am always very skeptical ever recommending pursing a degree in flying. If you want to do engineering, mechanics, management I am all for that but a degree in flying is useless in the real world. You never know what might happen. One health problem and your flying career could be over. Then what?
However with the new ATP rules coming in going to aviation colleges does seem like it will make getting your first 121 job easier.
Anyway just take it step by step. See if you can get your PPL before next fall and make sure you really really love it and know all about the positives and of course the long list of negatives of flying as a career.
Best of Luck!
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
ATCtower From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 542 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2520 times:
Whatever you do, stay away from ERAU. They may be a good school but for the price, its insane.
As for what college you should go to, it really depends on what you want to do with your aviation career...
If you are wanting to be a pilot, UND is top notch, Metro State in Colorado is very good, dont know about Purdue (meaning I dont have the info on it). If you are wanting to be an air traffic controller, Beaver and UND are top notch, but many of the others will work because the FAA doesnt really care what college you went to, you just need a recommendation of 'a' college (ie. go to the cheapest). If you are interested in airport management, Metro State is top notch, UND is top notch, others 'will do' but this is the one field where your cute little ERAU degree may count because in business, your college means more than how smart you are. If you are looking at Aviation Law, Denver University and Harvard University are probably your best bets.
I have been a part of quite a few of these programs and could answer a few more questions if you have them but your question was a tad general to give a distinct answer.
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