eclipseflight7
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Some College Assistance?

Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:21 am

So I'm a junior, coming up on my senior year, and I'm looking for aviation specialized colleges. Ideally I want to go into business with some relation to aviation. I haven't completely settled on a subject, but I know it's going to be a four year deal. I have a 3.55 GPA, I meet all the basic credit requirements, and I pretend to care about people for my extracurriculars, among other things. My ACT should come out to about a 27. I've come up with a few colleges already, and I'm primarily looking at Embry Riddle at Daytona Beach, University of North Dakota, and to a lesser extend Purdue. While I can't afford any Ivy League elitist schools, I am essentially willing to pay for the name on my diploma if its going to reasonably help me with getting hired. So my question is what other colleges should I be considering?

And one last thing. I like my car, and I really don't want to sell it, so I would really like it if there was no snow...
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RE: Some College Assistance?

Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:26 am

Quoting EclipseFlight7 (Thread starter):
Embry Riddle at Daytona Beach

Its a black hole for money...I don't suggest it unless you have the money.

If you don't mind going to a HBC, DSu has a decent aviation mgmt. degree and if you want to can learn for your PPL too.
Also, if you have the grades, they'll basically pay for it.
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RE: Some College Assistance?

Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:57 am

Arizona State University offers an Air Transportation Management degree. They also have ATC and flight training programs as well. So I suppose it would be like UND, but not as cold. I don't know how the costs would compare since I don't go to either college.
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RE: Some College Assistance?

Tue Apr 17, 2007 12:19 pm

Quoting EclipseFlight7 (Thread starter):
And one last thing. I like my car, and I really don't want to sell it, so I would really like it if there was no snow...

As a native Californian (with 16 of my 21 California years in SoCal and who had never seen snow prior to Winter '05) don't let the snow scare you. Natives from snowy climates like to talk it up to scare the uninitiated but it's not that bad. It's a pain in the ass to scrape snow/ice off of your car but really just make sure you have a full tank of gas, drive a little bit slower and leave more room between cars and you'll be fine.

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RE: Some College Assistance?

Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:26 pm

Quoting EclipseFlight7 (Thread starter):
I like my car, and I really don't want to sell it, so I would really like it if there was no snow...

Well, that rules out:

Quoting EclipseFlight7 (Thread starter):
University of North Dakota

Though Lincoln is right that snow isn't that bad. Then again, I have AWD, so what do I know?

Quoting EclipseFlight7 (Thread starter):
Ideally I want to go into business with some relation to aviation.

If you want to do that, then it seems to me that what you really want is a school that can give you a good business foundation, and then get your MBA from a place that specializes more in aviation. I'd avoid Embry-Riddle entirely, and stay away from UND at least for undergrad stuff. There are much better places than that to really get the basics down. If you want to get your PPL, you can do it at a local FBO. The programs at Riddle and UND are designed for people who want to become pilots for a career.

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RE: Some College Assistance?

Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:34 pm

Quoting EclipseFlight7 (Thread starter):
And one last thing. I like my car, and I really don't want to sell it, so I would really like it if there was no snow...

Well that pretty much rules out UND, however my '97 chevy has yet to fail when I try to start it, the coldest start being -17F.

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 2):
Arizona State University offers an Air Transportation Management degree. They also have ATC and flight training programs as well. So I suppose it would be like UND, but not as cold. I don't know how the costs would compare since I don't go to either college.

Actually IIRC, ASU is one of the schools that contracts with UND, so we run their flight school. Some other schools to look in that regard are Spokane, U of Honolulu (aka UND Hawaii), and U of Minnesota at Crookston (which, in all fair honesty, is pretty much nothing. They have like 3 airplanes, the Crookston FBO runs their dispatch, and Crookston is 20 miles from Grand Forks).

If you're going management, you might want to consider a regular business school for your undergrads and just the PPL on the side.
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RE: Some College Assistance?

Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:18 pm

Quoting Graphic (Reply 5):
Actually IIRC, ASU is one of the schools that contracts with UND, so we run their flight school.

That's interesting. I would have thought they partnered with one of the many schools at IWA, but I don't go to ASU so I wouldn't know.
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RE: Some College Assistance?

Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:36 pm

Predue may be a place to consider. They have a pretty good Aviation Engineering program and a well respected business program, including their MBA program at a reasonable cost. Yes, they are in a place that gets snow but not that bad. They are in a small city, about 2 hours from Chicago so having your car won't be a problem. I know that Daytona Beach, FL or Arizona may be more appealing for the better weather, but more important is the quality of education and institution that will get you a better job when you graduate. Keep doing your research, especially as to $$$'s including any scholarships.
 
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RE: Some College Assistance?

Wed Apr 18, 2007 12:02 am

I have some pretty strong opinions when it comes to the aviation only universities. Put nicely, unless you live and breath aviation, love it, and don't want to do anything else, look elsewhere.

Since you are looking at the business as your major you may well be better served by attending a college or university with a strong undergraduate business program... aviation related or not. At the undergraduate level you really do not specialize much, especially in an area like business where there is just so much fundamental material that you need to cover. If you really want to go into the aviation industry as your career you can seek out internships and co-ops with suitable employers.

As a junior you need to broaden your approach significantly right now. You need to determine what is important to you in a school. Where do you want to live, how big do you want your future college to be, what type of students do you want to be around, etc.

You also need to have a serious discussion with your parents about what you can afford and/or how much debt you want to leave college with. Since I see you live in ABQ you may want to seriously consider a school like UNM.

In the meantime try and identify 20-30 schools that you could see yourself going to and then try and narrow those down pretty quickly to 6-10 you might apply to. With the internet this process is relatively easy, and a visit to your high school counselor might be invaluable. You may want to use the summer as a chance to do some campus visits.

At the end of the day you need to pick a place that you'll like. You are going to be living in a strange town for 4-5 years, so it better be a good fit for you.
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