As a UND student, I hate to see people knocking aviation universities, because they definitely offer a program that is hard to beat if you are very interested in aviation. I am. Because of that, I am going to UND and double majoring in Commercial Aviation and Aviation Management. The Commercial Aviation degree holds all of the interesting aviation classes, like Airline Operations, where the class is made up of groups representing ficticious airlines that run a simulation throughout the semester to learn how hard it really is to run an airline, or Gas Turbine Engines, where you learn how each and every part of a turbine engine works and why. That stuff interests me, and I love those classes. On the other hand, I pick up the management degree because it leaves me with a broad business base that I could use to be an accountant, a stock broker, or an entrepreneur if a)flying doesn't work out or b)flying does work out and I want a second job.
That said, if you are really interested in some other field, by all means go to another college and get a degree in that(biology, music, english, whatever) and then take it from there.
Also - everyone has to pay dues as an instructor or as a night cargo pilot or something. About the only way to get around that is the military, where even then you might learn the hard way that, after completing all your flight training, you are going to have to work your way up from FE
or WSO to a flying position(it happened to my cousin, who is FEing B52s as we speak). The bottom line is that going into a 'guaranteed job at the end of your training' school is
taking a gamble... it might work out, but have a second option available if your 'guaranteed interview' doesn't lead to getting hired.
And don't get me wrong - I take issue with people that knock the hell out of ERAU and insist that UND is the save-all option. If you want to go to Riddle, do it. I am extremely satisfied with UND and cannot imagine myself in Daytona Beach or even Prescott, but a very good friend of mine from high school went to ERAU and has been just as satisfied with that experience. Different strokes for different folks. If you go to Riddle, you are paying for the name, which I can't see doing. However, as people have said, aviation is very networked. Having that Embry-Riddle name on your resume just might help you network like University of North Dakota or Southern Illinois University would not.
I ramble way too much. Bottom line - think about it and talk to people doing your options. Pick which one sounds the best for you and go for it.
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