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Established in 1965, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) – Daytona Beach is a residential campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The university offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Aeronautical Science, Aerospace Engineering and other Aerospace fields. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. U.S. News & World Report ranked Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as one of the top 10 regional universities in the south in the magazine’s 2011 edition of Best Colleges. ERAU offers a comprehensive education that includes the research, operation, engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and management of modern aircraft and all of the systems that support them. There are nearly 30 diverse majors available to students at this university. Some of the most popular areas of study include Communication, Computational Mathematics, Engineering Physics, Human Factors and Psychology, Space Physics and Interdisciplinary Studies. The university’s College of Aviation offers ten majors through its five departments, which include Aeronautical Science, Applied Aviation Sciences, Doctoral Studies, Aviation Maintenance Science and Flight Training.

This school emphasizes extensive research, consulting, and other hands-on educational activities that teach students about aviation, aerospace, and their related industries. The university offers small class sizes with a student-to-faculty ratio of16:1, and about one-third of the classes have fewer than 20 students. There are also numerous and diverse academic support services that are available to students studying at this university.

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Students who wish to apply to ERAU must complete either the online or print version of the school’s application form, which is available on the school’s website. There is a nonrefundable application fee to apply to this university. Each applicant must also submit an official high school transcript or GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report, and any AP or college credit transcripts (if applicable). Letters of recommendation and interviews are not required, but some students may have to take math placement tests. Certain programs also have additional requirements. While students are admitted to the college on a rolling basis all year long, students are strongly urged to apply by the priority deadlines, which vary by term. Students should contact the school directly for exact dates and deadlines.

Non-degree seeking students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements. Useful statistics, including minimum admission standards and required background courses, are listed on the college’s website.

Financial Aid

The majority of the students at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. In fact, nearly all of the students with demonstrated need were awarded need-based financial assistance. Forms of aid that are available include grants, scholarships, and loans. The college also offers a limited number of scholarships and grants for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. The priority deadline for filing the financial aid application is in March, but students are strongly urged to apply as soon as possible as aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents.

Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students should also note that financial aid applications must be renewed each year. This school also offers a deferred payment plan to help students pay any tuition charges that are not covered by financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 143rd for the average student loan amount.
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This university has a very diverse student body with students from different states and countries. Nearly half of the university’s students lives on-campus in one of the school’s seven fully furnished residence halls. Layouts vary by building; there are traditional, apartment-style and suite-style residence halls. All of the rooms also include cable television service, phone service, and high speed Internet access. Residence life also comes with a wide variety of activities designed for resident students.

There are plenty of academic and social support services such as academic advising, career counseling, and tutoring, to help students make a smooth and seamless transition to college life. At the university, there are also more than 140 diverse clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. Students can check the college’s website for a complete list of clubs and events.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Daytona Beach campus offers many diverse varsity athletic programs that include soccer, baseball, tennis, basketball, golf, and volleyball. Known as the Eagles, the university’s teams sport the schools colors of blue and gold, and compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Florida Sun Conference (FSC). The Eagles consistently rank among the finest athletic teams in the nation. The athletic program at Daytona Beach also claimed the FSC’s All-Sports Trophy for three seasons in a row. Many student athletes have earned NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors.


Embry Riddle alumni invclude:

  • Gregory Biscone, United States Air Force Brigadier General and Deputy Director of Operations at United States Central Command
  • Daniel Burbank, American astronaut and US Coast Guard Captain
  • John Currier, United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral and Assistant Commandant for Acquisition
  • Kevin Davis, United States Navy Lieutenant Commander, Top Gun Graduate, and former F/A-18 Blue Angels Pilot
  • Jerry Doyle, American actor and host of a radio talk show
  • Susan Kilrain, American astronaut and United States Navy Commander
  • Karen Magnussen, RollerJam skater and Junior Olympic speedskating title holder
  • Kraig Paulsen, Iowa State Representative and minority whip
  • Mark Tillman, Chief Pilot of Air Force One Presidential Pilot under President G.W. Bush

Information Summary

Ranks 9th in Florida and 382nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.12
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 6 0.12
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 559 0.90
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 37 0.06
Robbery 236 0.38
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 994 1.61
Larceny 2,899 4.69
Vehicle theft 375 0.61

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population34,117 (34,117 urban / N/A rural)
Households14,000 (2.13 people per house)
Median Household Income$22,395
Families6,597 (2.91 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1206

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 368th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $30,120 $30,120 $30,120
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,214 $1,214 $1,214
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,255 $1,255 $1,255
FT Graduate Tuition $15,060 $15,060 $15,060
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,214 $1,214 $1,214
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,255 $1,255 $1,255
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $46,614 $46,614 $46,614
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $46,634 $46,634 $46,634
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $37,084 $37,084 $37,084

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $29,852 $30,720 $29,852 $30,720 $29,852 $30,720
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,400(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,050 $9,340
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,050 $4,188
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $7,388
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $4,542
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $3,574

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,074 (3,350 male / 724 female)
Admitted 3,017 (2,458 male / 559 female)
Admission rate 74%
First-time Enrollment 944 (763 male / 181 female)
FT Enrollment 941 (761 male / 180 female)
PT Enrollment 3 (2 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment5,279

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference Florida Sun Conference
NAIA Baseball Conference Florida Sun Conference
NAIA Track & Field Conference Florida Sun Conference

ACT Test Admission

333rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 49%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27

SAT Test Admission

349th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 76%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 640
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 980 / 1230

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,986
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,600
Board Fee$3,950

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 868th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $77,269 ($79,632 male / $64,603 female)
Number of FT Faculty 283 (215 male / 68 female)
Number of PT Faculty 329
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $23,237,000

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