Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn about Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, located in the coastal city of Daytona Beach, FL, is the largest, oldest and only fully accredited aeronautical university in the world. The university, which started as a flight school in 1925, now has a residential campus in Prescott, AZ, and more than 150 learning centers worldwide.

In 2012, for the 12th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's aerospace engineering program #1 in the nation, and the school was ranked 11th on the regional universities (south) list.


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is comprised of four colleges in aviation, arts and sciences, business and engineering. Undergraduates can pursue a wide variety of programs, such as aeronautical science, aviation maintenance science, homeland security and space physics, while graduate students can obtain master's degrees in aerospace engineering, business administration, mechanical engineering and more. Doctoral degrees are available for aviation and engineering physics.

The university's Daytona Beach location houses 23 flight simulators and 64 aircraft used for instructional purposes. It also offers aviation maintenance training that prepares students for licensing through the Federal Aviation Administration as well as aeronautical science programs that prepare students for careers as airline or military pilots.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University enrolls more than 33,000 students each year at all campuses, and the average class size is 26 students. Students can learn remotely through the school's Worldwide Online program, which offers 39 degree and certificate programs.


The university operates on a rolling admissions system and encourages students to apply through the school's website during the fall of their senior year of high school. The deadline for fall semester applications is March 1, and students who submit applications by January 15 are automatically considered for scholarships.

Prospective undergraduates must submit SAT or ACT scores with their applications and are encouraged to submit two letters of recommendation. Students may also provide an essay and/or resume with their admissions package, and AP scores can be submitted for potential course credit.

In 2011, out of 4,176 applicants, 79% were admitted and 32% enrolled at the university. The undergraduate student body is 85% male, and the largest ethnic/racial groups are White (55%), Hispanic (10%), Black/African American (7%) and Asian (5%). Approximately 64% of enrollees are from out of state.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, undergraduate tuition and fees were a block rate of $30,720. Including tuition, books and room and board, the university estimates that students will pay approximately $41,460 per year. Graduate students pay $1,230 per credit hour in addition to $1,200 per year in mandatory fees. Students in flight training or aviation maintenance science courses have separate tuition that varies by year.

Tuition is due 10 days prior to the start of each semester; however, installment tuition payment plans are available, and students may be eligible for the Embry-Riddle Scholars program. Teaching, research and lab assistantships are also available.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 4,597 undergraduate and 608 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing Eight residence halls featuring dorms, suite-style rooms or apartments*
Schools and Programs Four colleges; nearly 50 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering (259)
Master's: Business Administration, Management and Operations (60)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 29% in four years
57% in six years
58% in eight years
(students who started in Fall 2003)**
Admission Rate 79% in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 72% for full-time students**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students Average score not available, but the middle 50% of Fall 2011 students scored between 21 and 28 on the composite ACT**
Application Due Date March 1*
Decision Notification Date Rolling admissions*
Tuition $30,720 per year (including student fees) for undergraduates in 2012-2013*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For 2010-2011: Federal grants (30%), state and local grants (24%), institutional grants or scholarships (89%), federal student loans (65%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 92% in 2010-2011 academic year**

Sources: *Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions - Daytona Beach, FL Campus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, P.O. Box 11767, Daytona Beach, FL 32120-1767
  • Phone: (386) 226-6100
  • Website:

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