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

Advanced standing credit for these exams are awarded if scores meet a specific criteria and the credit satisfies a course requirement of your major or minor course of study. Read more about these credits on our transfer credit page.

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.

University FAQs

Embry-Riddle offers housing on campus. First-year and second-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.

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.

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

The overall undergraduate residential campus student-faculty ratio is 16 to 1, with an average class size of 27.

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.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate levels. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website ( 

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.

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: 

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5 processor or better (3.3GHz, 4M cache) 
  • 16GB RAM or higher 
  • 500GB hard drive or larger 
  • Video card at least 1GB memory 
  • and support Open GL 3.2 or higher 
  • Ethernet port 
  • 802.11 b/g/n dual band (2.4GHz & 5GHz) WiFi network interface card 
  • Current version of Windows 10 or macOS

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 enrollment, students will be granted permission to download these programs. 

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.

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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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.

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.

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. 

For International Students

Take a look at our International Student FAQ

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



Contact Us

Daytona Beach Campus
1 Aerospace Boulevard
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114


For more information on courses and dates, check out the Daytona Beach Campus Catalog.