In 1925, barnstormer John Paul Riddle met entrepreneur T. Higbee Embry, and together, they formed the Embry-Riddle Company to teach the adventurous to fly. This partnership was the beginning of a vision that has produced more than 130,000 alumni who drive innovation and keep the aerospace and related industries running safely and productively.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world leader in aviation and aerospace higher education. Our mission is to teach the science, practice and business of aviation and aerospace, preparing students for productive careers and leadership roles in business, government agencies and the military. Embry-Riddle’s reputation as a leader in aviation and aerospace higher education is grounded in its aviation roots dating back to 1926.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offers the world's most comprehensive collection of academic programs focused on aviation, aerospace, business, engineering as well as security & intelligence. Our students embark on highly specialized, career-oriented study with the advantage of small hands-on classes and a faculty with deep industry expertise.
Approximately 3,000 students call the Prescott, Arizona campus home. Located in the Bradshaw Mountains of Central Arizona, less than a two-hour drive from Phoenix, Prescott is the state’s third-largest metropolitan area, offering more than 300 days of annual sunshine. The 539-acre campus flight line boasts parking for more than 30 airplanes and 10 helicopters.
Prescott offers 25 bachelor's degrees within the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Aviation, the College of Engineering, the College of Security & Intelligence and the School of Business - Aeronautical Science (professional pilot), Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Air Traffic Management, Astronomy, Aviation Business Administration, Business Administration, Computer Engineering, Cyber Intelligence & Security, Electrical Engineering, Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination, Forensic Biology, Forensic Psychology, Global Business, Global Security & Intelligence Studies, Human Factors Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Mechanical Engineering, Meteorology, Simulation Science, Games & Animation, Software Engineering, Space Physics and Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
National and international student competitions, as well as research and hands-on experiences, are common for Embry-Riddle students. Our labs, simulators and equipment meet industry standards and prepare our students for their career fields. Outside of the classroom, students participate in over 200 clubs and organizations from Air Force and Army ROTC to the Skydiving Club and the Rocket Club. Plus, student-athletes compete in 13 varsity sports within the NAIA Division.