Hello again, everyone. Today’s post is gonna be short and sweet, because my heart is heavy today. In a few hours, I have to say goodbye to one of my best pals — my black Lab, Velvet. She’s nearly 17, and after many great years with my family, she’s being put to sleep this morning. R.I.P. to a very strong candidate for the best dog ever. :-/
But the show must go on here, so let me address John, who has a question about his aerospace studies.
My name is John. I appreciate the articles you have written, always find valuable information in them.
I do have one question I wish you could answer for me. Now that I have completed my AS in Engineering at a community college, I am looking to attend a four year University. My degree being Aerospace engineering, I’ve looked into Embry-Riddle as my main choice.
Excellent choice. My dad, who served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years as a mechanic, just so happens to be an Embry-Riddle graduate.
My dilemma is that I’ve been researching other universities and good Engineering schools in general, and most sites don’t even list this school that claims they “specialize” in the field of Aerospace/Aeronautics.
It’s not just a claim — rest assured that Embry-Riddle is indeed the real deal in the world of aeronautics. And that’s not just loyalty to my pop’s alma mater. Check out the Embry-Riddle Wikipedia entry for an array of bona fides, such as:
1) Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (its full name) is the no. 1 ranked aerospace engineering program in the country among schools without a Ph.D program. And it’s been ranked no. 1 ever since the category was introduced in 2001. (The lack of a Ph.D program could be why the school isn’t showing up in the sources you’re using for your research).
2) Embry-Riddle has some really tight integration with the U.S. Armed Forces, so that should tell you a lot. The school has 130 satellite campuses, most of which are located near/on military bases. Basically, then, the Air Force has chosen Embry-Riddle as their main partner for educating its own airmen about all aspects of aerospace.
3) 25% of all commercial pilots graduated from Embry-Riddle.
So have no doubt — Embry-Riddle is the real thing.
Should I consider other more affordable schools?
You should always *consider* more affordable schools. 🙂 Certainly, Embry-Riddle isn’t the only game in town, and if you were able to score a significantly cheaper education of equivalent or near-equivalent rigor, then that would definitely be something to consider seriously. However — in this particular case, the aerospace engineering programs that stand up to Embry-Riddle are going to be much, much fewer and far between than if we were comparing almost any other major.
Or is attaining a degree from this particular school offer me a more competitive edge in the job market?
No question about it, Embry-Riddle definitely gives you a competitive edge in the aerospace job market.
Thank you for your time.
You are surely welcome.
And now, I’m off to spend the last hours with my canine homegirl and do my best to console my family. I’ll approve your comments as fast I can get to them. Thanks, and see you all tomorrow.