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List of Aerospace Universities and Colleges in the U.S.

The aerospace industry is responsible for the design and development of aircraft, spacecraft, rockets, missiles and other flying mechanisms. Students looking to earn a degree in aerospace engineering must consider a few things when choosing a school, such as aerospace programs available, research and work-study opportunities and a university's accreditation status.

How to Select an Aerospace School

Students looking at aerospace science colleges need to consider many different factors, including what branch of aerospace to study. Aeronautics is the area of aerospace that deals with the design and manufacturing of aircraft, rockets and their systems for flight within the Earth's atmosphere. Astronautics deals with the design and manufacturing of spacecraft, rockets and their systems for flight outside of the Earth's atmosphere. While some schools combine both of these concentrations, others offer them as separate concentrations.

Students also must decide whether or not they are going into the military or want military training. Many universities offer aerospace programs and scholarships through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC). These programs prepare students for military aviation and train them as Air Force officers without having to make a service commitment for the first two years of the ROTC program. Students with ROTC scholarships are required to make service commitments.

Additional concerns when selecting an aerospace university include available research programs, work-study opportunities and internships. Research studies allow students to assist aerospace engineers with projects. Work-study programs give students the opportunity to work in their field of study while earning a wage. Internships provide hands on experience, usually through summer programs, working at various corporations.

Prospective students also need to ensure that an aerospace university is accredited. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, (www.abet.org), is responsible for accrediting schools around the country.

Largest Schools by Student Enrollment

College/University Student Population Institution Type
Arizona State University 67,082 4-year, Public
Ohio State University - Main Campus 53,715 4-year, Public
University of Florida 51,474 4-year, Public
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 51,140 4-year, Public
University of Central Florida 50,121 4-year, Public
The University of Texas at Austin 49,984 4-year, Public
Texas A & M University 48,039 4-year, Public
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus 44,406 4-year, Public
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 43,246 4-year, Public
Purdue University - Main Campus 41,433 4-year, Public
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 41,028 4-year, Public
University of Washington - Seattle Campus 39,675 4-year, Public
University of California - Los Angeles 38,220 4-year, Public
University of Arizona 38,057 4-year, Public
California State University - Long Beach 37,891 4-year, Public
University of Maryland - College Park 37,000 4-year, Public
University of Houston 36,104 4-year, Public
San Diego State University 34,889 4-year, Public
University of Southern California 33,747 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Liberty University 33,604 4-year, Private not-for-profit

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