DFORD757 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 197 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1870 times:
I have heard that WMU has a good aviation program...but it is still fairly new. I attend UND which has a great program as well! You don't hear as much about WMU as you do UND and Embry-Riddle. Hope that helps!
Miller22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 711 posts, RR: 4 Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1862 times:
For your money, you'll get a better education out of UND, or Purdue. WMU is expensive and doesn't do much for you other than get your ratings and hours. UND is excellent, and so is Purdue...but of course I'm going to say that, I go to Purdue...
You'll find that with schools like UND and Purdue, you won't have to flight instruct after you graduate because they have feeder programs with the airlines. UND feeds a lot into Mesaba and I'm sure a few others, while Purdue feeds to American Eagle, Chautaqua, and Trans States. At Purdue you'll get 15 hours King Air experience and a chance to fly a Beechjet 400a for a year. You'll get 120 hrs in 727 level B and C simulators, and a new Dornier 328 and 328-jet sim is on the way....finally.
I've heard WMU has a frustrating international program and the airport is well off campus. If I'm not mistaking, you can graduate UND with 800 or so hours with CFI, multi, instrument and commercial ratings. At Purdue, they only guarantee you 250 hrs during your first two years, but then offer about another 250 from flight instruction Junior and Senior years. I graduate Purdue's flight program next week with 500 hours total time, 50 hours multi (40 of it turbine multi), 120 hrs 727 simulator, CFI, MEI, Commercial, Instrument, Beechjet 400A type rating, 15 hours KingAir-200, and 3 airline job offers. I'm also 1 week away from a 727 flight engineer rating, but aw, lets face it....I'm gonna graduate and I don't even need that rating... One other very important thing to consider...Purdue's Airport is on campus. That doesn't sound like much of an issue, but I live on campus, and I enjoy a life mixed with every other major, not just aviation. Football games, Basketball games, Rose Bowl, Girls Basketball championships, Grand Prix, riots ...these are all things I would not give up to attend any other school. Sounds kinda corny, but that IS the college experience, and if that's important to you as it was for me, I'd suggest a school such as Illinois, Purdue, Auburn or any other large conference school.
Granted...WMU does have a good reputation...and so Does SIUC. Don't waste your money on Embry-riddle. You just pay for the name there. Of course thats just my opinion...
You'll find the aviation people who know most about what graduates posses out of college, want UND or Purdue grads. There are only 70 purdue flight grads a year, which makes it very competitive. I don't know UND's enrollement, but its quite a bit higher than Purdue's. Both very good schools!
Hope this helps.
Roberson From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 156 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1840 times:
Metropolitan State College in Denver is said to have a pretty good program, as well as the opportunity to have a well-rounded education at the largest undergraduate university in the country. A lot of United pilots have graduated from there. Tuition's very cheap.