Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a private aeronautical school located in Daytona Beach, Florida. Tracing its history back to the Embry-Riddle Company, founded in 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Daytona Beach school was itself established in 1965 using resources that had existed in other parts of the country. A 510-acre satellite campus in Prescott, Arizona was established in 1978. The Daytona Beach campus is 180 acres in size and total enrollment there is approximately 4,562 students, over ninety percent of whom are undergraduates. The student to faculty ratio is 16:1.
Embry-Riddle provides degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Although the emphasis of study is of course placed on aeronautics, other majors are available to students, such as business administration, communication, computer science, global security and intelligence studies, interdisciplinary studies and human factors. Some of these are available as both associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees. Master’s degrees are provided in around sixteen subjects, most of them science or aviation-oriented. Two Ph.D.’s can be obtained, one in aviation and the other in engineering physics. Embry-Riddle operates one of the largest and most prestigious Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) programs in the country.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. SACS provides accreditation to institutions within an eleven-state area, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Some accreditation is also extended to parts of Latin America. (SACSCOC, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033 – (404)679-4500 – Fax: (404)679-4558).