About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach

Founded in 1926, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach. is a Private college. Located in Florida, which is a city setting in Florida, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 5,447 full time undergraduate students, and 564 full time graduate students.

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 15:1. There are 305 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate70%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at ERAU are considered Selective, with ,61% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 26 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

80% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 51% were in the top quarter, and 26% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    164 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    122 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    173 Students rated campus food 3 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    172 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    173 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 67 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    172 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    171 Students rated local services 4 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    173 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach?

85 Students rated Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach

Gwendolyn - 03/29/2024

The university is Muslim owned and operated. It strives to serve a diversity of cultures while embracing the richness of each. The wonderful thing about the student body is that we come from every part of the world, many are the first generation to attend university. There is a great hope in the air, hope of breaking generational curses, hope of creating a life to live in dignity and the hope to pull their own families out of poverty.

Cooper - 08/23/2023

I've wanted to go here since 9th grade, and I love it. It's not perfect, and it's pretty pricy, but if you can get scholarships and are interested in the more niche programs they cater to, it's awesome. It has been getting overcrowded these past few years, so hopefully they stop admitting so many people.

Tamisha - 08/03/2023

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University- Daytona is a good school. They provide a reasonable amount of options to succeed in. From the Aviation to the Engineering to the Mechanical Majors it is safe to say Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University cares about their students.

Jason - 06/28/2023

Looking purely at the academic side of things at Embry-Riddle, there is no better school to go to for pilots. However, there are still many problems that I have: greediness, no help in ensuring student success, little to no flight instructor standardization, and poor living conditions. I have much to say about each of these topics, however for the sake of brevity I will include just one example of each. First off, this school is always looking to make an extra buck. For example, Riddle accepts way too many students than the school has a capacity for, creating many problems for dedicated and hardworking students who end up held back by no fault of their own. At Embry-Riddle you have to figure out everything by yourself unless you magically know all the right questions to ask and who to aim those questions towards. The information is usually there somewhere, but the "Riddle run around" is a very real problem that all students can attest to. I have been told by standards instructors (flight instructors who specialize in testing and knowing Riddle policies) conflicting answers on the proper way of doing things. Now imagine how it is with the regular instructors. Last but not least is living conditions. Most of the dorms are falling apart and the food is horrible whenever the parents are gone (yes its deceptive). I apologize for the long length of this essay however I simply have so much to say about this school and feel that I could not give a proper review without mentioning some of these things. Despite this, it is not a bad school by any means but I must admit that I have pulled out a significant amount of hair because of it.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach is 70%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would tell myself to to attend community college first to get math, reading, and IT classes out of the way in order to save money and stay at home longer. I also would advise myself to get my provate pilot rating before attending Embry-Riddle in order to save myself the headache I've gone through.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are focused individuals who are mostly male.

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  4. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I mostly when attending my school is the copious amount of student organizations and programs. There are over 120 student orgainzations and many are dedicated to helping students through either mentoring, tutoring or study aid programs.

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  5. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    High strung and very motivated.

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I consider that the worst thing about my school is that is very expensive, because you need to take loans (with high interest rate), so for a student like me, without a wealthy condition, It's complicated to find money for college... but at Embry-Riddle i'm studying what I like: Aviation. Other thing is that is a little bit complicated to find a barber shop nearby and that you need to use a bike to get an easy ride to/from building classess.

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  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I realized how much in debt I would be at the end of the four years.

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  8. What's unique about your campus?

    The name which is the best in the aviation industry. Aviation industry experts gawk at Embry-Riddle calling it the Harvard of the skies. Which makes a naive freshman want to attend. But the school sucks.

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  9. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Good ability to prepare you for the work-force but not much on the social aspect, you are always studying and working but you get a good education for your money.

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The payments for tuition, housing, and meal plans. They are very high and almost impossible to manage. Courses are difficult depending on degree. But I'd have to say the most frustrating thing I've found is trying to finance this school when I'm on my first year.

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  11. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anybody thta plans to have a carreer in aviation.

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  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    What is unique about my school that teachers are always there to help you and its a small community within the school since classes are small almost everybody knows eachother. Theres always someone to guide you in the right way and having all the military branches its preatty neat . Everybody in school is very open to talk to you and help you out . Theres many clubs and greek life and theres alot of diverse students .

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is well know for being very specific to the aeronautical field. It produces mostly pilots and Aerospace Engineers and is only heard of in those industries.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    The students are very motivated to excel to the best of their abilities. They study hard and are always helping each other out on projects, homework, and studying. Because ERAU is a small school everyone is very friendly and you can always find a friend to say hello to on the way to class.

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Some popular clubs are: ERFSEDS - the Embry Riddle Future Space Explorers and Developers Society (AKA the rocket club) they build and fly model rockets womens and co-ed baja teams eco car airsoft club im in ERFSEDS and have been ever since i enrolled. it is the best club on campus to get some real hands on experience in engineering. we design and build class 3 model rockets and fly them in competitions. we have won the IREC competition in Utah 2 years in a row and are going for a 3rd this summer. we also design and build our own solid propellant rocket motors and are making various machines to do advanced composite manufacturing. leaving doors open really depends on the person/group. in my freshman year all the doors in my hall were always open if someone was in them. but ive also seen halls that were all closed too. we dont really have too many athletic events here. we do have a hockey team, and although they seem to be very popular, i dont know anyone who's been to a game. we do get alot of guest speakers however. the auditorium is usually full for them. dating, ha ha, funny. with the percentage of women on campus at around 15{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} there is little to none for most people. you usually have to find someone from one of the other local colleges. i guess its good for the women though, they can pretty much have their choice of guys. i met my closest friends in ERFSEDS. we all love working on rockets and thats all we really talk about. if i am still awake by 2AM its probably cause i have a huge test to study for. while i have noticed parties on occasion i would not even come close to classifying this place as a "party school". usually people only have time for parties at the beginning of the semester, before the workload hits, and at the end, to celebrate the end of finals. Fraternities and sororities are not that important. none of them even have houses cause the local laws wont allow it. so unless you feel like paying for drinking buddies, there is really no reason to join one. last weekend i was helping at a school event at a local museum. we were trying to raise scientific awareness in the community by showing off some of our student projects. i was there explaining to children and adults what our rocket does and what we use it for. on Sunday i was trying to catch up on a week of lost sleep. go out to eat, thats what we do anyway. there are a few tourist traps in the area that are fun to go to. we go out to eat. there is usually something going on at the daytona speedway.

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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    My overall opinion of Embry-Riddle is that for anyone who wants to do anything with airplanes, aerospace engineering or any engineering field for that matter, space exploration and travel, military or homeland security, or anything related to aviation, it is most certainly the place you want to be. Those things aside, it is still a really great school, and that is comparing my experience to other schools I have associated with and also comparing my college experience to those of all my friends from high school who attended schools all over the country. The best thing about ERAU (aside from being near the beach) is probably the motivational drive of the students and the academic support of the faculty. People at ERAU actually do care about your goals and whether or not you succeed, and that same support is often found from other students as well. If I could change anything, it would be to make the school cheaper. It is definitely expensive, even for a private university. I think the finance dept. listens too much to the stereotype that ERAU students are all rich, so they don't care about charging an arm and a leg. Also, I would increase the female student population, although that has been increasing significantly on its own in the last 2 years so that might not be a problem soon enough. ERAU is also the perfect size for a school. It's about 5,500 undergrads, so it's not so large that you just become another face in the crowd, people all over the school get to know you and you get to know most people in the school. Also, the faculty get to know you on a personal basis, which is important for developing professional relationships. It's not so small that you feel like you know everyone, either. It's the perfect size school. When I tell people where I go to school, most people have never heard of it and assume that it is simply a tech school or that it is a military school. Rest assured, it is a fully accredited university, and is often referred to as "The Harvard of the Skies" considering the high caliber of education. For anyone who has ever heard of the school prior, they are often impressed when you tell them where you go, especially if they work in the aviation industry or in the military. This school has a lot of cool things you would never find at most other schools. We have fully certified flight simulators for flight training, a high altitude hypoxia lab (basically an altitude chamber), a pretty advanced wind tunnel, an observatory, whole planes and jet engines inside of campus buildings, a spacial disorientation trainer, and an impressive flight line to boot. How many other schools have a course that take you up in a plane, flip it upside down a bunch of times, and make you figure out how to get it back under control? A misconception about Daytona Beach in general is that it is a very busy town with a large population. You will learn soon enough that this is only the case during Spring Break or during event at the Daytona 500 Racetrack. Otherwise, Daytona is a pretty quiet, averaged-sized town. If that's what you are looking for, though, Orlando fits that description and it is only an hour's drive away. Some of the most frequent student complaints about ERAU are the two I mentioned about the school being expensive and the small, but slowly growing, female population. A lot of people get around the cost part by getting ROTC scholarships, working hard to get scholarships, going to school on a GI Bill, or just being rich enough to not worry about it.

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  17. What are the academics like at your school?

    The academics at ERAU are very high. Students here tend to love learning and work hard to do well. Students often develop personal relationships with professors here and the faculty is always open to helping students outside of class. You will certainly feel like you are in an academic environment. Students often discuss class material outside of class in an intellectual manner. In fact, the students who do often do better in classes, because they learn a lot from their peers. In fact, most of your peers here will often have a lot of good experience to add to class discussions and such. An example: In one of my Unmanned Aerial Systems class, my professor stopped to ask one of the students about how a particular UAV operated because that student had been in the army and in the army, it was his job to operate that particular UAV! You may find that students here are very competitive, but mostly 'self-competitive." They want to do well, so they compete with themselves to do better. However, it has been my experience that students are always willing to help out other students, even for students that aren't even their same major! Education at ERAU is definitely career oriented. Granted, professors want you to learn things because they know you need to learn it for school, but they will often times tell you up front, "You will never use this in your career. The reason I'm teaching it, though, is because when you learn this other thing, which you will use in your career, you may want to know this first..." kind of thing. ERAU is linked quite closely with industry leaders, and often change curricula to what industry leaders have asked the school to teach students because they know that they are going to want to hire them down the road.

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  18. What do students complain about most?

    Students at ERAU mostly complain about the high school of tuition. Even for a private school, the cost is still pretty high. A significant amount of students will join ROTC branches and try to get a scholarship in order to pay for school. A lot of the student athletes are on scholarship too. Another major complaint is bout the small percentage of females at ERAU. However, the school has been doing a lot of "Women's Initiatives" in the last few years to try to even the ratio, and the effort has been slowly paying off recently.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    The overall stereotype of ERAU students is that they are all rich kids. This is due to the fact that the school is so expensive, and the rumor is partly true. For instance, I know of students who take trips every weekend (even to other countries) and who drive cars that are worth more than $50,000. However, I also know of students who don't even own a car because they cannot afford it. The school may be expensive, but some people get around that by athletic scholarships, ROTC scholarships, GI Bills, or just by trying to get enough scholarships and loans to pay for it. The richer students are able to go through every semester and not even worry about the money. It is a very wide range of financial class at ERAU. Another prominent stereotype is that the students, particularly the engineers, are very lacking in social skills. This kind of stereotype arises at any engineering school, but I think one of the things that compound it at ERAU is the small percentage of girls, although the percentage is rising slowly with every semester.

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  20. What are your classes like?

    I'll talk about my classes that I'm taking this semester... I'm finishing up my avionics coursework so most of my classes focus around that. In one of my classes (AEL 403) we're learning about satellites, their orbital characteristics, transmitting frequencies, atmospheric factors, and launch factors. In another class (AEL 401), we're learning about radar systems, their electronic designs, repairing and faults, government regulations concerning their use, and their electronic components. In one of my other courses (AEL 402), we are learning about integration of different aircraft electronics with each other for more comprehensive flight systems. this includes topics of instrument displays, electronic coding protocols, microprocessors, and other topics. I also have a term paper due for this class that is 12 pages long. In one of my lab courses (AEL 404), we are taking aircraft transponders and running maintenance tests on them, finding where faults have occurred, and then opening the units to find the corresponding electrical components that have failed and either adjusting them or replacing them. There is some emphasis on soldering, procedures, FAA standards for airworthiness, and proper filling and record keeping practices. In another course (AS 403), I am learning about different type of sensors used on unmanned aircraft. This includes learning about their uses, faults, how they work together with other types of sensors, and an understanding of the electromagnetic spectrum and how we use it to our advantage. We will also be testing out and learning sensor operation procedures using a simulator designed to simulate an MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. This course also requires a term paper of 10 pages. My other lab course (AS 473), focuses on flight operations of unmanned aircraft. This is accomplished using simulators modeled after the type of platform that is similar to the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. This course is being taught by a professor who used to fly Predators for the United States Air Force and he plans to use the simulators for most of the course material. It is a fun, and very informative class.

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  21. Do you feel like you changed a lot?

    I feel like my knowledge of aviation (as well as my love for it) grew significantly. Other than that, I guess I would say that I am a little more assertive than I used to be.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

95% of students attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach receive some sort of financial aid. 28% were awarded federal grants. While 56% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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