Frequently Asked Questions

You have lots of questions and we realize it is sometimes difficult to find the answers. That's why we created the following FAQ.

Below you will find a General Admission FAQ, International Admission FAQ, and how the Admissions Department can help any questions you may still have after reading the FAQs.

General Admission Questions

When evaluating an applicant for admission, Embry-Riddle takes into consideration a student's high school academic record (both courses taken and overall grade-point average), rank in class, and activities. Embry-Riddle values individual academic achievement, initiative, talent and character above standardized testing. Therefore, submission of standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) is optional for admission. If scores are submitted, they will be treated as supplemental information through the evaluation process. If you do not feel that your scores accurately reflect your abilities, you do not need to submit them. Scores will not be used for placement in freshman classes.   

High school students are advised to prepare for Embry-Riddle by taking three years of math, four years of English, two years of social science, and two years of science with lab. Students should have a background in algebra, geometry, and — for engineering majors — calculus and trigonometry. Chemistry and physics are the preferred science courses. 

We recommend students apply for admission in the fall of their senior year of high school.

Students applying for the fall semester should submit applications by Jan. 15 to be eligible for the maximum amount of aid. It is suggested that students apply at least 60 days before the start of any term to allow ample time for processing.

International students will want to refer to the International Admissions page for more on application dates.

To change degree programs, you must have permission from the department chair of the program you're in and of the program you wish to enter. There also must be space available in the program. The longer you wait to change programs, the more likelihood there is of losing credits.
Generally speaking, you may transfer between campuses if there is space available, as long as you do not break continuing student status.

Students who have earned college credits after graduating from high school and prior to attending Embry-Riddle are transfer students.

Transfer credits will be accepted if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Credits were obtained from an accredited school

  • A grade of C or better was achieved in the course

  • The course description matches the course description of an equivalent course at Embry-Riddle

  • The credits can be applied toward the desired degree program.

Official transfer credit evaluation will be done through the Records & Registration Office, upon acceptance.

If a student plans to attend another college or university before attending Embry-Riddle, a good guideline to follow is to take general education courses such as math, English, humanities, social, and physical sciences. Do not take courses that are technical in nature. The student should use the Embry-Riddle course catalog as a guide or contact their Admission Counselor for a transfer guide.

Students transferring to Embry-Riddle should be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 from the last college attended, as well as a combined GPA of 2.0 from all colleges attended in order to be considered for admission. Students wishing to pursue technical majors must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

If a student has fewer than 30 college credits at the time of application, a high school transcript will be required. For more information on transferring, visit the Transfer Student website.  

Our University offers Advanced Placement credit toward a degree to those students who submit official test scores of 3, 4, or 5 on any examination. How much credit awarded depends on which exams are taken, the scores, and their relevance to the specific Embry-Riddle degree program.

View the Advanced Placement Exam Course Equivalent Credit

Our University offers Advanced Level Examination credit toward a degree to those students who submit official test scores. How much credit awarded depends on which exams are taken, the scores, and their relevance to the specific Embry-Riddle degree program.

View the Advance Level Exam Course Equivalent Credit

The admissions office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Counseling sessions and campus visits are available. To set up an appointment, call the Daytona Beach campus toll-free at 800-862-2416 or schedule a campus visit online. The Daytona Beach Campus observes an abbreviated summer schedule; the campus is open Monday-Thursday during the summer months.

Our University offers certain International Baccalaureate credit towards degrees.  How much credit awarded depends on which exams are taken, the scores, and their relevance to the specific Embry-Riddle degree program.

View the International Baccalaureate Exam Course Equivalent Credit

University FAQs

While Embry-Riddle is best known for our majors in aeronautical science (professional pilot) and aerospace engineering, more than 30 majors are offered at the Daytona Beach campus, including Human Factors Psychology, Homeland Security, Engineering Physics, Safety Science, Business and more.

Careers in aviation and aerospace are as diverse as the people who work in these industries. Global in nature and continually evolving, air and space travel present exciting challenges to those who are committed to the future of space exploration and the advancement of our air transportation system.

It’s been said that for every one pilot flying in the cockpit, 10 workers are required to support air service. Managers, safety experts, air traffic controllers, meteorologists, engineers, public relations professionals, financial analysts, civil engineers, and human factors psychologists are just a few of the careers in demand.

Looking to the future of commercialized space travel and exploration, the opportunities are limitless. In the Winter 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Quarterly, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects faster than average growth and higher than average salaries in transportation fields through 2018.

The Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle provides assistance to those seeking employment opportunities. This office serves as a resource for students and helps them secure employment in their field of specialization.

Examples of functions the Career Services Office performs include counseling, résumé critiques, and arranging on-campus interviews. This office offers seminars on developing job-search skills, such as how to research a company, what questions to ask in an interview, and more.

The annual career fair brings industry leaders to campus to recruit Embry-Riddle students and graduates. The Career Services Office administers a web-based job listing and interview database that matches student and alumni job-seekers with openings in the industry.  

The Career Services Office is also responsible for coordinating the cooperative education program. The co-op program places qualified students in positions with companies while students are still in school.

While working, the student receives academic credit as well as valuable on-the-job training. Many co-op students receive a salary, as well. This experience will give students who have done a co-op an "edge" over other graduates, and will enhance their resumes.

Yes, Embry-Riddle is fully accredited.

The overall undergraduate residential campus student-faculty ratio is 16 to 1, with an average class size of 26.

Your cost will vary slightly by academic program. Students pursuing a degree program requiring flight training will have additional costs.

You will find, though, that Embry-Riddle is by far one of the most affordable private universities for aviation/aerospace education.

Keep in mind, just because a private university costs more than a public state university, it doesn't necessarily mean you will pay more out of your pocket. Schools that cost more are authorized to award higher amounts of financial assistance, so your out-of-pocket cost could be the same, or even less.

More than $113 million in financial aid is awarded to Embry-Riddle students each year. Financial Aid Office staff members work with you to find the right type of aid for which you may be eligible: federal and state grants, institutional and private scholarships, federal and alternative student loans, and campus jobs. Several convenient payment plans also help spread out the financing of tuition, room and board, and other fee costs.

We can accommodate non-flight majors on a space-availability basis only. Summer is a particularly good time to sign up for flight courses.

Please visit the College of Aviation's Flight Department website to learn about our airline-style flight facilities, state-of-the-art equipped aircraft and our flight training devices (FTDs) and simulation equipment. We're proud to say the quality and number of our FTDs provide a level of on-campus training not available at any other university in the world.

Yes. Most students begin flight training sometime during their first academic year. The first flight course typically includes basic aircraft control, radio navigation, air traffic control procedures, multi-crew standard operation procedures, cross-country operations, solo flight, and private pilot written exam (ground school).

The flight course a student takes first depends on the licenses they have at the time of enrollment. Academic credit is given to students who start at Embry-Riddle with flight licenses.

The Student Academic Support Center provides many tools to support student success, including tutoring, advising, seminars, and programs. Free tutoring is available in a variety of subjects.

Students who excel in certain areas also tutor fellow students on a nominal fee basis. Additionally, professors post office hours during which students may seek help.

Both two-and four-year Air Force, Navy and Army ROTC programs are available.
You can participate on a voluntary basis or make a service commitment, in which case you may be eligible for significant scholarship benefits.

Even if you don't take ROTC as a freshman, you can still participate in the two-year program, provided you contact our ROTC Office by the end of the fall semester of your sophomore year.

At the beginning of your junior year, you must decide whether you wish to sign a contract that obligates you to military service after college. (Keep in mind that you do not know what your military job assignment will be until the end of your junior year.)

If you elect to sign the military contract, you will take advanced ROTC your junior and senior years. After graduation, you are commissioned a second lieutenant.

Learn more about ROTC at ERAU Daytona Beach

Embry-Riddle offers housing on campus. First-year students are required to live on campus.

If you choose to bring your car to campus, you are required to register your vehicle and obtain a parking permit from Campus Safety & Security.

Embry-Riddle has a full range of extracurricular activities, including intramural and varsity sports, social and professional fraternities and sororities, clubs, student government, a campus newspaper, and campus radio station.

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Eating together with other students can be an important and positive part of the college experience. A comprehensive campus food service program is available to students. 

As an applicant and a student, you will need to access the Embry-Riddle Network for Information Exchange (ERNIE). The ERNIE portal gives you access to email, the learning management system, the student system, and other important services.

While Embry-Riddle offers an array of on-campus computers for student use in classrooms and labs, many students elect to bring their own computers to campus. These students are encouraged to use a system that meets or exceeds the following recommendations:

Recommended hardware and software for windows systems: 

  • i5 Quad Core, 3.40Ghz, 6MB w/HD2500 Graphics (equivalent processor speeds may vary by manufacturer and chipset)
  • 8GB RAM or higher
  • 500GB hard drive
  • 1GB video card memory
  • DVD writable drive
  • 100 base-T Ethernet connection
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi network interface card
  • Current version of Window

Note: Computer specifications for each program vary. Contact your advisor for details on technology needs for your program.

Free Software Downloads

Students enrolled at the Daytona Beach campus may download Microsoft products, including Office and antivirus software, at no charge. Upon arrival, students will be granted permission to download these programs.

International Student FAQs

Applications are accepted up to one year prior to the intended entering semester. All applicants are encouraged to send applications and credentials as early as possible.

Early applicants increase their chance of admission to competitive programs and can enhance the probability of securing a residence hall room.
  1. You will receive an email that will include your student ID number and a list of the required documents. You will need to create an ERNIE account to check your application status and receive email updates.
  2. Once we have received all the required documents, your file will be complete and submitted for review.
  3. The review may take up to three weeks.
  4. Once your file is reviewed, you will be notified in regards to the outcome. If you are admitted into the university, you will receive instructions on how to get your I-20, letter of acceptance, and admissions package mailed to you.

Admission decisions are based on an applicant’s academic credentials and proficiency in English. For an applicant who requires a student visa, the ability to finance his or her education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is also considered.

If a student is academically admissible to a degree program, the admissions committee then determines how academically strong the student is compared to other applicants.

You will need to complete and return a matriculation form and a U.S. $200 tuition deposit by the reply date specified in your letter of admission.

If for some reason you are denied a student visa, your $200 will be refunded in full.

There are some cases in which the TOEFL exam will be waived. They include:

  1. The student attended an American or International school for a minimum of two years where the primary language of instruction is English
  2. The student attended a U.S. high school and took mainstream English courses for two years
  3. The student attended secondary school for two years in a country where English is the primary language and used for all instruction
  4. The student attended a U.S. college or university for at least two years — depending on the initial language requirements for that school
  5. The student completed an IB (International Baccalaureate) English course of one year in length
  6. Other tests of English language will be accepted if they are national or international exams
  7. The student has recommendation from Embry-Riddle’s Language Institute

Before you leave home, make sure you have completed the required medical report form. In addition, you must provide proof of required immunizations and a recent tuberculosis test. Please return all documents to ERAU Health Services.

The policy is in force to protect you and the health of all students. Students who fail to comply will have a medical hold placed on their class registration and may be denied attendance pending completion of the requirements.

All students are required to carry health insurance during their enrollment at Embry-Riddle. The university offers international student health coverage that covers most illnesses and injuries.

These students should contact International Students Services regarding insurance requirements and waiver options at 386-226-6579.

No, it is not required for international students; however, it is highly recommended that all freshman applicants take the examination. High scores will enhance the student’s chance of admission. Also, an SAT or ACT score is required to be considered for the Embry-Riddle Scholarship Program.

All documents — including transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, and financial affidavits — must be originals or notarized copies. In addition, notarized or attested English translations of foreign transcripts are required. Facsimiles (fax) or photocopies are not acceptable.

Please note that all materials submitted become the property of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and cannot be reproduced, returned, or forwarded.

If you have attending high school or a university within the United States, official transcripts must be sent directly from the school to Embry-Riddle.

All International undergraduate and graduate applicants who have any educational experience outside the United States are required to provide an official course-by-course evaluation in English, including the cumulative grade-point average (GPA).

The evaluation must be certified by World Education Services (WES), a Foreign Credential Evaluation Services (FCE) approved by Embry-Riddle. A fee is charged for the evaluation service and must be paid by the applicant directly to the FCE.

World Education Services, Inc.
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
(Tel) 212-966-6311
(Fax) 212-739-6100

In most cases, the interview will be very brief. There are three important points considered:

1. Do you have the academic base to prepare you for admission to the university?

To demonstrate your academic ability, bring your transcripts, results from the SAT, projected marks, recommendation letters from teachers, if possible, and your acceptance letter. All of these will help assure that you are prepared.

2. Are you able to pay the expenses of attending the university?

It is advisable to have copies of the financial information you sent us and any additional documentation that may prove you have the ability to pay for your education. If your parents are your sponsors, then bringing information and documents about their financial positions may be helpful.

3. Do you have definite plans to return home when you graduate from Embry-Riddle?

Ways to help prove this may include documents that show that your family owns property or a business. It may be helpful to think of career opportunities you hope to develop in your home country with the degree you will be earning.

Try to remain calm during the interview and listen and respond carefully to the questions the embassy official may ask. You may find that none of the above materials are necessary, but if asked, it is good to be able to supply them.

F-1 students holding a valid Embry-Riddle I-20 and enrolled in classes are eligible to work on campus.

Call us. We're here to help!

Our staff of Admissions Counselors is here to help you to navigate through the admission process. Our staff can:

  • Answer questions about submitting your application
  • Answer questions about our majors and the careers our students seek
  • Add you to our mailing list to keep you up-to-date on the latest news at Embry-Riddle, the leader in aviation and aerospace education
  • Put you in touch with current ERAU students and alumni
  • Help you connect with a faculty member
  • Connect you with International Admissions or Graduate Admissions



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