It depends what you want to do with you career in aviation. I am going to be attending Embry Riddle's Daytona campus for Aeronautical Engineering this fall. However, I strongly advise that if you want to become a pilot to consider a different path. My ultimate goal is to be a corporate pilot, and I am getting all of my ratings at my local FBO where it is a much cheaper, economical, and a more viable solution as opposed to recieving my ratings through Embry Riddle and their Aeronautical Science major. Why spend thousands of dollars for the same ratings that you can get at a perfectly qualified FBO or flight school? Come checkride time, you will be evaluated by an FAA examiner whether you went to Riddle or not for training, so why spend so much more money when it doesn't matter so much in the long run. I am attending their engineering program for 2 reasons. A. it is a backup in case my flying doesn't work out and it is also a very good complement to my flying in that I am sure I will gain lots of insight to the actual workings of an airplane; and B. Riddle's engineering program is ranked number 1 for not offering a Ph.D.
Numerous students tell me though, that if you are considering flying at Embry Riddle good luck. I for one know that students come out of there with less than 50 hours of multi time and about 200 hrs or so total. I already have 150 hours total (70 of which is multi time.....and I already have my private, multi, half way through my instrument in less than 1.5 yrs) Even their CFIIs don't get much multi time at all. If you want a job in flying, it is the multi-engine time that matters. Flying at Riddle is very hard because you have to beat the system in order to do it properly. Ask any current or future student at Embry Riddle and they will tell you about the so-called "Riddle Run-Around." I am not going to Embry Riddle for the name.
I am a Florida resident and the only other school that offers Aero. Engineering is University of MIA
which is actually considerably more $$ than Embry Riddle. It has a good reputation in aviation, but remember, it is not reputation that gets you a job. If you have any questions drop me an email at AirplaneStud@hotmail.com
I suggest you check out www.erau.edu and find their forum for prospective/current students. It is most informative.