futureb6capt
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Best Aviation Universities In The US

Tue May 23, 2006 10:13 pm

It's getting about that time of the year when I go and visit the colleges I am about to apply for!!

I've narrowed it down to three, it's between U of North Dakota, Embry-Riddle, and Western Michigan. Let me know which (of any) you think is the best proffessional pilot school in the country.

Thanks a lot, your opinion really helps.

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joness0154
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Tue May 23, 2006 10:16 pm

I would add Purdue to that list.
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Tue May 23, 2006 10:21 pm

Daniel Webster in NH was pretty nice. I went to Aviation camp there in 2003.
 
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Wed May 24, 2006 2:58 am

Quoting FutureB6Capt (Thread starter):
Embry-Riddle

Hands down. You'll realize this when the thread begins to turn into an ERAU bash fest...People tend to bash and marginalize things when they covet what they do not have  Wink
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Wed May 24, 2006 3:49 am

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 3):
Quoting FutureB6Capt (Thread starter):
Embry-Riddle

Hands down. You'll realize this when the thread begins to turn into an ERAU bash fest...People tend to bash and marginalize things when they covet what they do not have

I agree with you there, as I am a Riddle grad myself. That being said, tuition there has become way too expensive, and that doesn't include flight training.

It is the best, but until the airlines start doing better, its hard to get any return on the investment.
 
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Wed May 24, 2006 4:05 am

Purdue should be on that list.
 
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Wed May 24, 2006 4:14 am

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 3):
Quoting FutureB6Capt (Thread starter):
Embry-Riddle
Hands down. You'll realize this when the thread begins to turn into an ERAU bash fest...People tend to bash and marginalize things when they covet what they do not have



Quoting Apodino (Reply 4):
I agree with you there, as I am a Riddle grad myself. That being said, tuition there has become way too expensive, and that doesn't include flight training.

I'll add my vote for Embry-Riddle, being a Riddle grad myself, as well.....except I went the Aviation Management way.

That said, I've worked with people that have gone to UND and WMU.....they're good programs as well, and you wouldn't go wrong going to any of those three, and there are other good programs out there.

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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Wed May 24, 2006 4:16 am

As hard as it is for a Hoosier to give props to Purdue, they excell in aviation
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Wed May 24, 2006 4:17 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 6):
I'll add my vote for Embry-Riddle, being a Riddle grad myself, as well.....except I went the Aviation Management way.

Ditto. ERAU alumnus. Big grin

Not the best value for the money, not at all, and very expensive. You have to determine if you believe that value to be worth it.
 
futureb6capt
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Wed May 24, 2006 10:46 am

Yeah, my brother is attending ERAU right now actually. I was down there with him last month and it was cool, but not exactly a place to find your future wife-and very expensive. I know WMU has been considered a party school, but the aviation program is outstanding I hear.

Thanks to everyone so far,

-FutureB6Capt
 
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Wed May 24, 2006 10:50 am

All your choice's are great. I am a UND student, but I think you would get a great education at not only UND, but ERAU, Purdue, and WMU as well. I know this is not much help, but good luck with your decision!
 
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Wed May 24, 2006 1:52 pm

University of Dubuque

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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Wed May 24, 2006 2:41 pm

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 6):
I'll add my vote for Embry-Riddle, being a Riddle grad myself, as well.....except I went the Aviation Management way.



Quoting Slider (Reply 8):
Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 6):
I'll add my vote for Embry-Riddle, being a Riddle grad myself, as well.....except I went the Aviation Management way.
Ditto. ERAU alumnus.

Double Ditto (Quadritto?)

Quoting Futureb6capt (Reply 9):
it was cool, but not exactly a place to find your future wife

Try going to the Prescott (pronounced "press-kit" like "biscuit") campus, all the expense with none of the cool!

Tug

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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Thu May 25, 2006 3:44 am

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 3):
Hands down. You'll realize this when the thread begins to turn into an ERAU bash fest...People tend to bash and marginalize things when they covet what they do not have

Well I attended ERAU for 2 years, and am now at Purdue. Purdue rocks ERAU's socks off
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Thu May 25, 2006 3:47 am

I've seen both ERAU and WMU and they are both awesome schools. I was lucky enough to have friends attending both so I spent a week with both and I really enjoyed WMU.

In terms of tuition ERAU is a lot more expensive then WMU and both are just as well known.

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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Thu May 25, 2006 9:12 am

Hey,

Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida is pretty good to. I had checked out their aviation management/pilot program. I wanted to attend this university but it is very costly.

Regards,

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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Thu May 25, 2006 9:20 am

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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Thu May 25, 2006 9:50 am

Middle Tennessee State University is not bad either.
 
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Thu May 25, 2006 10:34 am

Isn't Vaughn College of Aeronautics (ex College of Aeronautics) in Flusing, NY a pretty ok school too?
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Thu May 25, 2006 10:55 am

All these schools are good but, what it boils down to is where you want to be throughout your college years and what location suits you better. Personally im tired of New York and i want to get away from it so that is one of the reasons i am attending UND in the fall not only for that reason, but it has a great aviation program and the tution is somewhat less than other places.
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Thu May 25, 2006 4:18 pm

Central Washington University in Ellensburg has an excellent aviation program offering a number of different aviation degrees. I've heard that they have a direct hire program with QX for their grads...
 
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Thu May 25, 2006 4:59 pm

I'm surprised nobody mentioned the United States Air Force Academy, it is an "aviation university" after all.
 
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Fri May 26, 2006 3:05 am

I'd hate to be the odd-man-out but DON'T GO THROUGH AN AVIATION COLLEGE. Get a degree in something elese. Contrary to what people might tell you there is very little you can do with an aviation degree. Get a degree in Biology or something.

One other reason is that you will PAY MORE THAN YOU HAVE TO if you go through an aviatio college. UND/Embry you will PAY. Before you look at the glossy UND/Embry student pilot broschures with smiling students/pilots and get ready to sign the doted line imagine this, you will pay 80-100k for college, plus the 40k for flight training. Do you know how much you will be making as a regional FO? 1200/ month. Do the math on your financial future. Go through you local state university, no body in the airlines care where you got your degree, they look at your flight experience first.

One last thing. What if you find that you don't like flying?? It's kind of hard when you have taken out loans for 140K for college and flight training to think about backing out. Think about this. You have so much more freedom if you go through a regular college and flight train on the side. Good luck I went to an aviation college for Freshman year as a aviation management major. I found that it was a mistake. Reason? I didn't care about running an airport I just wanted to fly, good thing this wasn't UND or Embry if it was I would have had to stay.

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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Fri May 26, 2006 10:41 am

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 22):
I'd hate to be the odd-man-out but DON'T GO THROUGH AN AVIATION COLLEGE.

I have to echo this sentiment. As is the case for all of you here on a.net, I have an extremely strong interest in aviation (in my case, I happen to find management particularly interesting). However, I did not consider ERAU or UND or any of the other aviation management schools out there. I felt that Dartmouth would offer me much more than any of those schools could, and quite honestly, after I graduate from Dartmouth, chances are that I could probably pursue a job in whatever field I want, including aviation, even if the degree isn't specific to "airline management". Economics, although more generic, will still give me the same career options as would a more specialized degree, especially because the Ivy League name carries a ton of weight.

I'm by no means saying that you have to apply to an Ivy League school; a regular liberal arts college will give you more opportunities and you won't be as restricted to such a limited field. You don't want to find yourself two years into the process hating every minute of it without any other opportunities to switch your focus.
 
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RE: Best Aviation Universities In The US

Fri May 26, 2006 2:24 pm

Quoting UNDAEROSPACE (Reply 19):
Personally im tired of New York and i want to get away from it so that is one of the reasons i am attending UND in the fall not only for that reason

You're certainly in for a shock - North Dakota is about as far away from New York as it's possible to be. Some like it, some don't.

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