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Best Aviation Universities In The US  
User currently offlineFutureB6Capt From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 32561 times:

It's getting about that time of the year when I go and visit the colleges I am about to apply for!!

I've narrowed it down to three, it's between U of North Dakota, Embry-Riddle, and Western Michigan. Let me know which (of any) you think is the best proffessional pilot school in the country.

Thanks a lot, your opinion really helps.

-FutureB6Capt

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User currently offlineJoness0154 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 667 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 32557 times:

I would add Purdue to that list.


I don't have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem
User currently offlineKLM672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2417 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 32549 times:

Daniel Webster in NH was pretty nice. I went to Aviation camp there in 2003.

User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3288 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 32466 times:

Quoting FutureB6Capt (Thread starter):
Embry-Riddle

Hands down. You'll realize this when the thread begins to turn into an ERAU bash fest...People tend to bash and marginalize things when they covet what they do not have  Wink



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User currently offlineApodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4124 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 32443 times:

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 3):
Quoting FutureB6Capt (Thread starter):
Embry-Riddle

Hands down. You'll realize this when the thread begins to turn into an ERAU bash fest...People tend to bash and marginalize things when they covet what they do not have

I agree with you there, as I am a Riddle grad myself. That being said, tuition there has become way too expensive, and that doesn't include flight training.

It is the best, but until the airlines start doing better, its hard to get any return on the investment.


User currently offlineROSWELL41 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 765 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 32434 times:

Purdue should be on that list.

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 32420 times:

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 3):
Quoting FutureB6Capt (Thread starter):
Embry-Riddle
Hands down. You'll realize this when the thread begins to turn into an ERAU bash fest...People tend to bash and marginalize things when they covet what they do not have



Quoting Apodino (Reply 4):
I agree with you there, as I am a Riddle grad myself. That being said, tuition there has become way too expensive, and that doesn't include flight training.

I'll add my vote for Embry-Riddle, being a Riddle grad myself, as well.....except I went the Aviation Management way.

That said, I've worked with people that have gone to UND and WMU.....they're good programs as well, and you wouldn't go wrong going to any of those three, and there are other good programs out there.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineDeltaDC9 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 2844 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 32415 times:

As hard as it is for a Hoosier to give props to Purdue, they excell in aviation


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User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6661 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 32415 times:

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 6):
I'll add my vote for Embry-Riddle, being a Riddle grad myself, as well.....except I went the Aviation Management way.

Ditto. ERAU alumnus. Big grin

Not the best value for the money, not at all, and very expensive. You have to determine if you believe that value to be worth it.


User currently offlineFutureb6capt From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 32320 times:

Yeah, my brother is attending ERAU right now actually. I was down there with him last month and it was cool, but not exactly a place to find your future wife-and very expensive. I know WMU has been considered a party school, but the aviation program is outstanding I hear.

Thanks to everyone so far,

-FutureB6Capt


User currently offlinePhelpsie87 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 498 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 32316 times:

All your choice's are great. I am a UND student, but I think you would get a great education at not only UND, but ERAU, Purdue, and WMU as well. I know this is not much help, but good luck with your decision!

User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3512 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 32267 times:

University of Dubuque

my alma-mater



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User currently offlineTugger From United States of America, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 5249 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 18 hours ago) and read 32246 times:

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 6):
I'll add my vote for Embry-Riddle, being a Riddle grad myself, as well.....except I went the Aviation Management way.



Quoting Slider (Reply 8):
Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 6):
I'll add my vote for Embry-Riddle, being a Riddle grad myself, as well.....except I went the Aviation Management way.
Ditto. ERAU alumnus.

Double Ditto (Quadritto?)

Quoting Futureb6capt (Reply 9):
it was cool, but not exactly a place to find your future wife

Try going to the Prescott (pronounced "press-kit" like "biscuit") campus, all the expense with none of the cool!

Tug

[Edited 2006-05-24 07:54:11]


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User currently offlineJoness0154 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 667 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 5 hours ago) and read 32158 times:

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 3):
Hands down. You'll realize this when the thread begins to turn into an ERAU bash fest...People tend to bash and marginalize things when they covet what they do not have

Well I attended ERAU for 2 years, and am now at Purdue. Purdue rocks ERAU's socks off



I don't have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem
User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 5 hours ago) and read 32157 times:

I've seen both ERAU and WMU and they are both awesome schools. I was lucky enough to have friends attending both so I spent a week with both and I really enjoyed WMU.

In terms of tuition ERAU is a lot more expensive then WMU and both are just as well known.

BP777



Forever Flight
User currently offlineBWIA330 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months ago) and read 32069 times:

Hey,

Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida is pretty good to. I had checked out their aviation management/pilot program. I wanted to attend this university but it is very costly.

Regards,

BWIA330


User currently offlinePiercey From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 2233 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months ago) and read 32065 times:

FIT and ASU: Only way to go  biggrin 


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User currently offlineKevin82277 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 32051 times:

Middle Tennessee State University is not bad either.

User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5108 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 32035 times:

Isn't Vaughn College of Aeronautics (ex College of Aeronautics) in Flusing, NY a pretty ok school too?


There is something special about planes....
User currently offlineUNDAEROSPACE From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 32014 times:

All these schools are good but, what it boils down to is where you want to be throughout your college years and what location suits you better. Personally im tired of New York and i want to get away from it so that is one of the reasons i am attending UND in the fall not only for that reason, but it has a great aviation program and the tution is somewhat less than other places.
Cheers
Justin

[Edited 2006-05-25 04:00:57]

User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3493 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 31928 times:

Central Washington University in Ellensburg has an excellent aviation program offering a number of different aviation degrees. I've heard that they have a direct hire program with QX for their grads...


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User currently offlineSvenskpilot From United States of America, joined May 2006, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 31919 times:

I'm surprised nobody mentioned the United States Air Force Academy, it is an "aviation university" after all.

User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 31852 times:

I'd hate to be the odd-man-out but DON'T GO THROUGH AN AVIATION COLLEGE. Get a degree in something elese. Contrary to what people might tell you there is very little you can do with an aviation degree. Get a degree in Biology or something.

One other reason is that you will PAY MORE THAN YOU HAVE TO if you go through an aviatio college. UND/Embry you will PAY. Before you look at the glossy UND/Embry student pilot broschures with smiling students/pilots and get ready to sign the doted line imagine this, you will pay 80-100k for college, plus the 40k for flight training. Do you know how much you will be making as a regional FO? 1200/ month. Do the math on your financial future. Go through you local state university, no body in the airlines care where you got your degree, they look at your flight experience first.

One last thing. What if you find that you don't like flying?? It's kind of hard when you have taken out loans for 140K for college and flight training to think about backing out. Think about this. You have so much more freedom if you go through a regular college and flight train on the side. Good luck I went to an aviation college for Freshman year as a aviation management major. I found that it was a mistake. Reason? I didn't care about running an airport I just wanted to fly, good thing this wasn't UND or Embry if it was I would have had to stay.

[Edited 2006-05-25 20:07:50]

User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 31837 times:

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 22):
I'd hate to be the odd-man-out but DON'T GO THROUGH AN AVIATION COLLEGE.

I have to echo this sentiment. As is the case for all of you here on a.net, I have an extremely strong interest in aviation (in my case, I happen to find management particularly interesting). However, I did not consider ERAU or UND or any of the other aviation management schools out there. I felt that Dartmouth would offer me much more than any of those schools could, and quite honestly, after I graduate from Dartmouth, chances are that I could probably pursue a job in whatever field I want, including aviation, even if the degree isn't specific to "airline management". Economics, although more generic, will still give me the same career options as would a more specialized degree, especially because the Ivy League name carries a ton of weight.

I'm by no means saying that you have to apply to an Ivy League school; a regular liberal arts college will give you more opportunities and you won't be as restricted to such a limited field. You don't want to find yourself two years into the process hating every minute of it without any other opportunities to switch your focus.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21088 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 31825 times:

Quoting UNDAEROSPACE (Reply 19):
Personally im tired of New York and i want to get away from it so that is one of the reasons i am attending UND in the fall not only for that reason

You're certainly in for a shock - North Dakota is about as far away from New York as it's possible to be. Some like it, some don't.

-Mir



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