Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach is a residential campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The university offers bachelor's and master's degrees in aeronautical science (professional pilot), aerospace engineering and other aerospace fields.
Embry-Riddle began in 1925 as the Embry-Riddle Company, an aircraft dealer and airmail provider, founded by Talton Higbee Embry and John Paul Riddle in Cincinnati, Ohio. Embry-Riddle was eventually incorporated into what is now American Airlines, before reforming during the buildup to World War II in Miami, Florida as the Embry-Riddle School of Aviation, and later, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute. Embry-Riddle moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1965 and was renamed Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1970.
This 185 acre (748,671 m²) site has been the home to Embry-Riddle since 1965. Built adjacent to the Daytona Beach International Airport, the campus has easy access for flight training. The main campus consists of an aviation complex, academic quad and residence halls surrounding the student center and Jack R. Hunt Aviator Park. Athletic facilities are located across Clyde Morris Blvd., anchored by the ICI Center.
The university owns 140 acres (0.57 km2) directly south of the main campus that it plans to develop into a research park. An upper classman residence, the Chanute Complex, is approximately two miles south of the main campus.
Engineering classes and facilities (such as the Thermojet solid model printer, 128-node Beowulf cluster and wind tunnels) are concentrated in the Lehman Engineering and Technology Center, built in 1995 to facilitate hands-on training in various engineering practices. The three-story facility also includes a number of classrooms and offices for departments within the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering. The building was built in part with a $12.5 million congressional appropriation in 1994. The building is named for former Florida congressional representative Bill Lehman. There are well over 180 software titles available to faculty and students in two computer labs within the Lehman Building, including CATIA, Nastran, Pro/ENGINEER, and Matlab.
The Aviation Complex includes the College of Aviation building, the Advanced Flight Simulation Center, a new College of Maintenance, a new Fleet Maintenance Hangar, and a new Flight Operations building.
The College of Aviation building provides a conducive learning environment for those in the aeronautical sciences as well as the air traffic, meteorology, safety, homeland security and dispatch programs. Opened in 2002, the building houses FAA testing facilities, a flight tutoring lab, weather labs, a spatial disorientation simulator, air safety lab, TRACON and enroute air traffic control simulators as well as a control tower simulator.
The Flight Operations building is the home to the flight department. It houses flight dispatch, safety, records, scheduling, chief pilot's, team leaders, ip offices, oral and debrief rooms, and a classroom. It stands out from the rest of the campus because of its tower that houses the flight supervisors office and an interior observation deck.
The Emil Buehler College of Maintenance building is a new 3 story building that houses many maintenance labs and is located in-between the flight operations building and the AMS hangar complex.
The Advanced Flight Simulation Center houses 14 simulators: eight level-six Cessna 172 NAV III simulators, two Diamond DA42 Twinstar simulators, one Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) level-six simulator, and 2 Redbird Crosswind Trainers. The full-motion MD-90 simulator was recently sold and removed from the west sim bay. The simulation center also houses a number of classrooms and offices. This building was badly damaged in the Christmas Day Tornado of 2006 and became fully operational again in June 2007.
The completed complex includes a replacement for the hangar that was destroyed in the tornado Christmas Day 2006.
The College of Business building, located next to the College of Aviation building, houses the College of Business as well as the largest computer lab on campus and four relatively large classrooms. The College of Business building is the newest academic building on campus and opened at the beginning of the spring 2008 semester.
The 49,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) Jack R. Hunt Memorial Library (JRHML) is the on campus library and contains over 230,000 volumes. The library is noted for having the world's largest collection of NASA and NACA documents as well as a very extensive aviation media collection. NASA personnel have frequently consulted the JRHML for its highly comprehensive collection of NASA documents, most importantly, during the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster investigation.
The Capt. Willie Miller Instructional Center contains classrooms and an auditorium for large lectures, presentations or performances.
Total student capacity in the residence halls is approximately 2,000 students. All on-campus Daytona Beach residence halls feature wireless internet, except for the Chanute Complex, an off-campus residence hall where students are provided with high-speed internet via ethernet.
Over 1,000 students take up residence on campus in the $29 million Student Village residence complex on the north edge of campus. Four residence halls, as well as two food venues, housing offices, and the office of the Embry Riddle Resident Student Association, are contained within the Student Village. The ResNet (Residential Network) support office for student-owned computers is also located there. The residence halls in the Student Village are Adams Hall, Wood Hall, O'Connor Hall and Stimpson Hall. Adams and Wood are both freshmen halls. Two residents reside in each room, and two rooms adjoin to form a suite with a shared bathroom. O'Connor provides apartment-style living for upperclassmen residents. In O'Connor, two residents share a room, and four rooms form a suite for a total of 8 residents per suite. Occupants of a suite share two bathrooms, a common room and a kitchen area. Stimpson provides apartment-style living for upperclassman as well. There are two variations of rooms in Stimpson. One style has a very large room and one smaller room. The other style has two similar moderate-sized rooms and a smaller room. Both of these styles accommodate two residents and have a bathroom and kitchen area.
Doolittle Hall, a concrete and cinder block building, houses freshmen. Doolittle has a more traditional living experience for Embry-Riddle freshmen. Freshmen are housed two to a room, with a common bathroom not adjoining their room. Four separate rooms share this common bathroom. There are volleyball courts on the northwest and southeast sides.
McKay Hall houses first year students. Two students are assigned to each room. Each suite is composed of two rooms joined in a common area. McKay Hall was named after Isabel McKay in the late 1980s. At one time McKay Hall resembled an old roadside hotel, and is often the butt of jokes among the students that live there. In 2006 McKay Hall underwent renovations including new floors, remodeled bathrooms, and fresh paint. Previous to the construction of Apollo Hall, residents of McKay Hall were assigned three to a room.
In July 2006, ground was broken on the newest residence hall for the campus, Apollo Hall. This four-story structure houses mostly sophomores, and opened for the fall 2007 semester. It houses 256 residents. Each suite has two bedrooms adjoining a common kitchen area, with 2 students per room. The 4 student suite shares a split bathroom.
The Chanute Complex is an off-campus residence complex 1.5 miles to the south of the complex. Named for aviation pioneer Octave Chanute, the residence hall is a favorite of students looking to maintain the benefits of on-campus living, while getting away from the hectic flow of campus. There are three different variants of rooms, a studio for one student, a one bedroom, one bath apartment for two students, and a two bedroom, one bath apartment for two students. The complex has an outdoor patio area, laundry facilities, volleyball and basketball courts, barbecue grills, and picnic tables located on the premises.
Students make regular use of the John Paul Riddle Student Center, located in the center of campus. The student center includes several dining facilities, offices for the Student Government Association, Touch-N-Go Productions (campus entertainment), Greek life, The Avion Newspaper and The WIKD 102.5 FM. Many university offices, such as Campus Safety and the Dean of Student's office, are also housed in the student center. Adjoined to the student center is the student center annex which contains the university bookstore, mailroom, and admissions office.
Other student facilities include the 5,300-square-foot (490 m2) Interfaith Chapel, ICI Center gym, and intramural sports fields. A two-story, 12,500-square-foot (1,160 m2) fitness center was opened in August 2007, next to the pool.
Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach campus is the largest of two residential campuses that form Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The campus serves as the academic and administrative headquarters of the university and also is home to the headquarters of the worldwide campus.
Academics at the Daytona Beach campus are organized into four colleges. Each college is served by a college dean, who reports primarily to the Provost, but also to the Chancellor. Colleges are then organized into departments. Non-academic departments are organized under the Chancellor. Academics at the campus are organized according into the following colleges:
Aeronautical science (flight training) and aerospace engineering are the two most popular degrees at the Daytona Beach campus. Daytona Beach's aerospace engineering degree program ranks number one in the U.S. News & World Report college rankings of aerospace engineering degree schools without a Ph.D. program. Embry-Riddle has received this honor every year since the category was introduced in 2001. In 2006 the University announced plans to add a Ph.D. program in aerospace engineering.
Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach campus has one of the most extensive ROTC programs in the nation, and the nation's largest Air Force ROTC program. The ROTC program frequently wins national competitions.
The engineering physics program at the Daytona Beach campus is currently the largest undergraduate engineering physics program in the country and the only one specializing in aerospace.
Embry-Riddle's residential campus in Daytona Beach offers the following degrees:
Cost of attendance
Undergraduate tuition for the 2013-2014 school year is $15,060 per semester (for 12-16 credit hours) or $1,255 per credit hour. Room and board is about $4,775 depending on the housing option and meal plan, per semester. Mandatory fees for the 2013-2014 school year are $612 in addition to tuition, per semester. Students who do not have adequate health insurance are required to pay $1,029 annually for coverage. Graduate tuition for the 2013-2014 school year is $1,230 per credit hour.
Flight training and personal expenses are in addition to these costs. The average flight student spends more than $55,000 on flight training, during his or her stay at Embry-Riddle, depending on if they elect a single-engine or multi-engine curriculum. Flight electives such as the flight instructor course or aircraft upset recovery are available at additional cost. Students who hold advanced ratings before attending Embry-Riddle may pay less, depending on flying ability and certificates and ratings earned prior to matriculation. However, the students will be required to pass the requirements established by the Flight Department.
Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach Campus total enrollment at the Daytona Beach Campus is 4,000. 17% are female and 83% are male. International students make up 8% of the Daytona Beach Campus's undergraduate enrollment. Aviation interests characterize most of the student body, though particularly among the aerospace engineering and aeronautical science majors. Daytona Beach has over 130 student organizations, including 10 fraternities and four sororities. Other prominent student organizations include the Eagles Flight Team, which competes in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association, the Eagles Sport Aviation Club, Model United Nations team and the Student Government Association.
ERAU–Daytona Beach teams, nicknamed athletically as the Eagles, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in The Sun Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
The Eagles have claimed the last thirteen consecutive The Sun Conference (formerly known as the Florida Sun Conference) Commissioner's Cups, signifying the best overall athletic program in the conference.
Embry–Riddle has served as the host for several NAIA National Championships in recent years. The Eagles hosted the 2002 and 2003 NAIA Men's and Women's Golf National Championships and also served as host of the 2004 NAIA Women's Golf National Championship at LPGA International. In addition, Embry-Riddle hosted the 2005 and 2006 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship, the 2007 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship, and will also host the 2008 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship. The Embry-Riddle Soccer Stadium was upgraded in 2005 specifically to host the 2005 event, and can seat 1,000 fans. Embry-Riddle's athletics are directed by basketball head-coach Steve Ridder. On October 2, 2006, Ridder was named NAIA National Athletic Director of the Year. Ridder led the school to its only national title in any sport in 2000, in basketball.