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User currently offlineMace_2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3013 times:

I was wondering, does anyone know what kind of grades I need (GPA and ACT) to get into there flight program? is it hard to get into it? is it full? thanks, any help is needed.
thanks again


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User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

I don't know about the flight program at Embry Riddle, but to get into Embry Riddle itself you need a 2.5 GPA

What I do know is that the flight program is VERY expensive. Someone had told me it will wind up costing you $100,000 to go through the whole program.

I took a tour of the school a few weeks back and I was told since the school is a private school it costs something like $700 bucks a credit hour.

User currently offlinePolAir From United States of America, joined May 2001, 893 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2940 times:

I dont know about GPA, but first of all it is rediciulously EXPENSIVE. Flight program will coast you almost $130K!!!!!!!!! You can do it much cheaper in Perdue, or UND!

User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1169 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2933 times:

maybe it was a fluke but i got in Embryo-Ridicilously expeinsive in 97 with a non existant GPA and a GED and a 1200 sat

User currently offlineMace_2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2922 times:

ok, thanks. cost is not an issue. my grades wernt the best and I hope to get them up. I am looking for a college with a flight school. thanks again.

User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6301 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

I'll be a freshmen there this upcoming fall. I got in with a GPA of 3.4 and on my ACT a 21.
Puerto Rico

Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineEllinopedo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2906 times:

i have a 4.5 gpa and act 22. i am wondering if i should go to erau... id rather go somewhere closer around chicago area... any one knows of any good schools?

User currently offlineMiller22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 726 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2889 times:


The three best schools in the country are Purdue, UND, and Riddle. Purdue and UND are a notch above Riddle, in most opinions, and it works well to your advantage that Chicago is a 2 hour drive from Purdue...or a half an hour king-air flight  Smile

User currently offlineAmpropilot2b From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2873 times:

Yeah. try to get better than a 2.5 to get in. They will let you fly earlier if you have better grades though. I wonder if all those people above who say how bad ERAU is actually go here? I have done great here. Yes, it is expensive....but it is a private school...yes, the flight training is expensive, but I think it is worth every penny (it is very stanardized and professional just like the airlines). I am now a senior headed for an internship at United and a job at Atlantic Coast. I am flying the B1900 now, and will be in the 737 in two months. Anybody with the right attitude can succeed anywhere. Also, if you want to go to ERAU...don't worry about the price. I am the son of a single mother who happens to be a teacher. I haven't had a problem getting financial aid or scholarships.

I love ERAU, but check out UND, Purdue, and the Prescott campus.

Good luck making a decision.

User currently offlineN863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2871 times:

Well I actually go to ERAU in Daytona Beach as a Junior, (and have finals tomorrow - and then am off for the rest of the summer!!!) and I LOVE IT.

ERAU is a great place for people like me who live, sleep and everything else aviation.

My GPA was around 3.2 when I came in and I got 12-something on my SAT.

That said, I'm not in the Aero Sci (flight) program - I'm in Biz Admin., and so I don't experience the 'Riddle Runaround' from the Flight Department - something they're famous for....


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User currently offlineMace_2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2862 times:

would a 2.6 work for a GPA or is that out of the question?

User currently offlineDC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2857 times:

All you need is a 2.5 to get into ERAU? A few kids from my high school went there and they had just under 4.0s. I would assume a higher GPA would help with all of the competition for admission.

User currently offlineSkyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (14 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

What ever you do STAY AWAY FROM RIDDLE. This place EMBRY RIDICULOUS. The flight line is a joke and the whole school is full of kids with no life that know everything about every other plane in the world except for the ones the fly. The school says they put out some of the best pilots in the country. If that is true then God have mercy on us all. The planes will be falling out of the skies without the help of the Y2K bug. Most all of the pilots that I know that fly around DAB suck and about 1 in 5 acutally speaks english. The whole system they have set up at Riddle is stupid. The instructors are idiots and the flight department is a JOKE.
The best thing for anyone to do is to go to a small comunity college get a joke degree there get all your ratings, then come down to DAB to instruct build up time and then get the hell out. If for whatever reason you feel the need to go there do it after you have every thing completed and go for the last year just so that you get the name on the diploma thats all the airlines want anyway. The dont care what diploma you have just as long as you have one. Its just that one from Riddle "LOOKS" better. If I could go back 3 years and talk to myself I would not have gone down there. I would have stayed at home, gone to a small school, got all my ratings, and saved a WHOLE lot of money. If you go to Riddle now you MUST fly onj their campus and go by their rules. You will pay almost $100,000 before you are done and thats if your lucky.
So to recap JUST SAY NO TO RIDDLE. Save yourself for the love of God take my edvice and dont even take another look at Riddle you wil that me later.

User currently offlineNWA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1200 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (14 years 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2826 times:

How hard is it to get into though?

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User currently offlineMiller22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 726 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (14 years 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2823 times:

As inhibitive as Skyhawk's post may seem, I agree with him. Embry Riddle will give you one thing when you graduate...their name. All the airline's are looking for is hours. Hours, hours, hours. Some schools have an agreement with regionals which allows early hiring, but UND and Purdue are the only ones I can thing of off hand that allow that. Mesaba is close with UND and Chautaqua and Comair are close with Purdue. From what I've heard, Embry Riddle is looked down upon because the pilots that school produces are too cocky and are hard to teach after they've graduated. But thats just what I've heard...chief pilots may be wrong.

User currently offlineTurbineBeaver From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 12 months 4 hours ago) and read 2797 times:

Its ashame what Skyhawk posted. Something interesting to note is that he is talking about how he transferred there three years ago, yet on his profile it says he is 46-55 and a retired F/A....hmmmm, that draws from his credibility. If you want honest, firsthand info on Riddle, I do go here, and can tell you, though the place isn't perfect, it isn't crap like Skyhawk makes it out to be.


User currently offlineFlaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1329 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (13 years 12 months 4 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

A lot of people wash out there. Some financially and some just cant cut it. Consider your source. Some of what is said above is true, particularly the arrogance, but that doesnt apply to everyone and that type of personality is common to pilots anyway, no matter where you are.

You are entering an extremely competitive and sought after job market. Any edge you can get helps, and the name recognition does matter. It opens doors that might not otherwise be opened. Riddle provides outstanding networking opportunites not found in many other schools. It isnt for everyone but it does provide an outstanding program for the serious aviation student. (Actually, I went year round for five years but spent much of that time on the beach).

ERAU/DAB Class of 87
Aeronautical Science & Aviation Management

User currently offlineBoiler Special From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 135 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (13 years 12 months 1 hour ago) and read 2775 times:

If you're in the Chicago area, at least make a daytrip and drive down to see Purdue's campus. At least 20% of the Purdue enrollment is from the Chicago area, believe it or not. The Dept. of Aviation Technology has some of the best faculty you'll find anywhere. You're not just a number to anybody. The faculty takes an interest in getting to know you and making sure you leave Purdue with something more than a degree.

Granted, it's that way at many schools, but not all of them. Visit all of the campuses and see which one you like best. UND has its advantages, ERAU does too. Overall, in my opinion, Purdue offers you the best education and experience for your money. We have major ties with UAL in Chicago and ATA in Indianapolis, so getting a job after you graduate isn't particularly difficult as long as you make an effort while you're on campus.

I tried to be as unbiased as possible.  Smile Good luck in your college search!


User currently offlineYoungDon From United States of America, joined May 2001, 485 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2763 times:

Is UND the University of North Dakota?

User currently offlineAmpropilot2b From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (13 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

I go to Embry-Riddle, and am a senior. I have had a few problems with the runaround-but having gone to another school, I can tell you that THIS IS THE REAL WORLD and it happens EVERYWHERE. Many students come to Riddle and think they are "in" already. These are the types of students who have the problems here. If you are cocky, expect the school to do everything for you, and blame the school for you problems instead of fixing them yourself, then you are not professional pilot material anyway.

As far as people in the industry looking down on ERAU (Miller22 says a Chief Pilot says so), this just isn't true. There are bad students everywhere. In fact, a chief pilot at a certain Colorado hub told me to go to Riddle. Looking at the internship program at United this fall, over half of the flight interns are from Embry-Riddle. Sounds like a bad reputation to me. Riddle has the largest Bridge program with Atlantic Coast Airlines. We send scores of pilots to CoEx, Eagle, ASA, and others each year.The statistics speak for themselves.

Embry-Riddle is expensive and has its problems (just like every school). You will graduate with great training like 24 hrs. level D sim time in the B1900D, and 20hrs. of 737 sim time. If you want to go somewhere and be totally immersed in aviation, ERAU is probably for you. If can't deal with total immersion, or are unwilling to take responsibility for your future and overcome a little adversity, go somewhere else. UND is great, Purdue is great, and so are many others (Parks, DWU, SIU). As for me, I am glad I made the decision to come to ERAU.

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