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Colleges with Aviation Programs in the U.S.

Many colleges and universities offer aviation programs to train pilots and flight crew, air traffic controllers, aircraft and powerplant technicians, aeronautics and aerospace engineers, and airport managers. Learn about the top aviation schools and use these helpful tips to choose the right one for you.

Both two and four-year programs exist for those interested in pursuing an education in aviation. Colleges that have their own airport, aviation business, or flight team may afford students a competitive advantage over those that don't.

Aviation Schools

The following schools all offer at least one degree in an aviation-related field, and tuition rates are based on the 2015-2016 academic year.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Undergraduate tuition and fees (2015-2016)**
Arizona State University Mesa, AZ 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $9,684 (in-state), $24,219 (out-of-state)
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate's $2,834 (in-state), $9,661 (out-of-state)
Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus, OH 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,037 (in-state), $27,365 (out-of-state)
Purdue University-Main Campus West Lafayette, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $10,002 (in-state), $28,804 (out-of-state)
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,805 (in-state), $9,450 (out-of-state)
Liberty University Lynchburg, VA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate's, Bachelor's $20,109
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate's $2,753 (in-state), $8,875 (out-of-state)
San Jose State University San Jose, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,378 (in-state), $18,538 (out-of-state)
Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA 2-year, Public Associate's $1,348 (in-state), $7,960 (out-of-state)

Sources: *School websites, **NCES

College Selection Criteria

The following points should be considered when choosing an aviation school:

  • Choose regionally accredited colleges with aviation programs that include training for the career you want.
  • If air traffic control or flying are among your serious interests, be sure to choose a program that meets Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines. The FAA may even have certified it as a 'Collegiate Training Initiative' program.
  • See if the school is associated with an airport or large aviation business, since such schools tend to provide more internship opportunities.
  • A school with a competitive flight team offers unparalleled opportunity for pilots, ground crew and mechanics.

Aviation education is offered at all degree levels, but be sure to think about your specific career goals and examine the course offerings of each program. Pilots and air traffic controllers, for example, fall under the umbrella of aviation but have very different educational requirements.

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