By: Brittany A. Bailey
Correspondent

Once again Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Prescott is recognized for its accomplishments, bringing home another number 1 ranking in this year’s list of the Best Undergraduate Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering Programs at schools where a doctorate is not offered by U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges.

This pristine title was awarded to the top school in Aerospace out of 1,800 accredited four-year universities from all over the country.

The ranking was based on the judgments of senior faculty and deans who had to nominate the 10 best engineering programs in the area of aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical.

In order to be considered eligible for ranking, schools had to receive a minimum of 7 nominations.

A recent graduate in the class of 2017 reflects kindly on her years as a student, saying “you don’t really understand how well the professors are doing at preparing you for your future until you’re walking across that stage with your dream job waiting for you at the other end.

I’m in no way surprised they were awarded that title – the campus, the support, the opportunities, the resources.

Embry-Riddle provides everything you could possibly need to succeed and move forward in life”.

ERAU Prescott offers many state-of-the-art laboratories, including its own wind tunnel lab, that provide students with the ability to get hands-on experience in the curriculum built by faculty mentors with plenty of industry experience and wisdom.

The school prides itself on the ability of the students to “hit the ground running” right out of school: 93% of graduates are employed within the first year after graduation.

The senior capstone project is another big focus when ranking degree programs.

At ERAU Prescott, this project challenges students to apply the abilities and knowledge they obtained by producing their collegiate magnum opus through the careful guidance of faculty who have garnered much experience in their field.

It offers students the chance to get specific, hands-on experience with real-world scenarios and develop skills they will later use in the workforce.

Students also benefit from the teacher-to-student ratio, 1 to about 23, and have the ability to build meaningful relationships and easily access one-on-one help.

Furthermore, this is enhanced by not only the teacher’s willingness, but their desire to help students succeed in their academic career and beyond.

Although the students don’t always seem like they need extra tutoring, boasting some of the highest entry GPA’s amongst any of the programs in Arizona, they take advantage of their teachers’ investment in their education and attend office hours, ask questions, and engage with their faculty.

Pair this with their access to modern technology and passionate professors, and you can see why they are ranked number 1 in the nation.

It doesn’t stop there, though: in the overall category, Best Undergraduate Engineering Program at schools that don’t offer a doctorate, ERAU, Prescott is tied at number 14 out of 200 schools across the nation, still the highest ranked school in Arizona for this category.

In the future, with the addition of programs such as systems engineering, ERAU hopes to continue to stay at the forefront of engineering and technical evolution.

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