I graduated from Purdue, am in new hire training @ riddle (AZ), and know several UND guys from my internship.
First off- Some airlines DO
care where your degree is from, and all of the universities listed except ER
are public schools. I know for a fact that UND, Purdue, and Riddle have all had agreements over the years with regionals that have gotten people jobs @ 500 TT
. You can't go through the FBOs and get hired @ those numbers. Each school has agreements with diffrent airlines (PU-TSA
, Chautuaqua, now PSA? ER
and CoEx?, UND- Piendmont I think). In addition, these schools send lots of people to internships which will help you get the job you want (@ Alaska you get a garunteed interview hwne you meet mins if you don't piss anyone off). That's not to say that this is the only, or even best route to take. There's a lot to be said for other schools, and even pursuing an unrelated 4 year degree while training on the side. A school's reputation is not neccesarily the same as its quality; I'm sure there are many lesser known programs that produce very good pilots.
To make your own decision, you really need to figure out what you want. Where in the country do you want to live? What kind of activities do you enjoy? What kind of options will you have if you dcide to change majors? Pick a school you will be HAPPY at. I strongly reccomend visiting campuses (might not be easy from HK
but you can combine the trips). Talk to students outside of the controlled envirement (ie not the tour guides). Ask the admissions people the hard questions (placement %s for jobs and internships, dropout %s, average student loans oustanding after graduation) and demand hard numbers (not anecdotes of succcesful students, every school has those).
My personal observations- UND guys DO
get respect. My circles may be a little pacific northwest-centric but they definately have a good rep @ Alaska and Horizon. Most of the UND people I've met were VERY professional and knowledgable. If you want to rule it out, do it becuase of the weather, not becuase of the progam.
Riddle seems to give very good flight instruction, I've thus far been very impressed by the depth and thought that goes into their training system here. And it is possible to get your flying done quickly here. I don't know it all yet, and one of the biggest complaints does seem to be the time it can take to get through the training, but one of the guys in the new hire class graduated with his CFII in 2 years with a BS
. My understanding is he took high course loads and summer school, but it IS
Purdue offers a large school with lots of options. They have great industry connections and a reletively small student body, so it was my impression that placement was a bit better. You have the oppurtunity to flgiht instruct while you're a student (and mot people do), so that you graduate with more hours and actual work experience. The course includes @ least 10 free gours flying in the right seat of the kingair, which is blast, and every year several (I think 10 now?) students are selected to fly the Beechjet (also free, and this on includes an all expense paid trip to beutiful Flight Safety). The last 2 years @ PU
include a weekly sim lab (it was the 727 when i was there, but i tihnk they have a 738 now), which is really cool. I learned a lot about CRM in there, though I'm not sure if it was actauly worth the $$ in the end.
Anyway, feel free to contact me though my profile if you have any other Q's.