Preview Day gives thousands a glimpse into student life 

Embry-Riddle Preview Day Spring 2016

More than 2,000 students and their families got a glimpse of campus life at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus during Preview Day on April 1 and 2.

Preview Day Weekend gave accepted students the opportunity to attend guided campus tours, explore their majors, meet faculty and visit student labs. An academic information fair, student club demonstrations, and Air Force ROTC Open House were held, among several other activities.

Man speaks to future student at Embry-Riddle Preview Day Spring 2016

“Preview Day is the best time our future students get to preview for themselves what it’s like to be an Embry-Riddle student,” said Pablo Alvarez, Embry-Riddle Director of Admissions. “This event allows them to explore us to the fullest and decide whether or not they will choose us for their college degree.”

For the first time ever, Embry-Riddle expanded Preview Day into an entire weekend to give students and families even more time to meet with faculty and staff and observe classes. During an inaugural Parent Mixer, parents of accepted students had the opportunity to meet each other. The 370 students who attended Friday’s events also had the opportunity to take part in a “Game of Drones,” a UAV and robotics competition.

Aerospace Engineering and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science degree programs were among the programs that generated the highest amount of interest.

During an information session, Michael Wiggins, Department Chair of Aeronautical Science, said that the field for UAS is currently being defined, which makes it exciting. 

“It’s a dynamic, growing and changing industry,” he said.

St. Petersburg, Florida, resident Victoria Rutenbeck, spent Preview Day learning about Embry-Riddle’s Computer Engineering degree and said she came away with more insight on the program.

“It was extremely informative hearing what it’s like from students who go here and it was especially helpful getting perspective from other female students,” she said. 

— By Lacey McLaughlin