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| Embry-Riddle is not as bad as some people make it seem. Overall, I would describe this college as a smaller, more technical school. The campus is beautiful; most of the buildings are newer and have more modern facilities, and the buildings that aren't so new are in excellent shape for their age. The classes are small, usually anywhere from 15 to 50 people, which is good because you get a lot of individual attention compared to state schools. The extracurricular activities are pretty cool, there's all kinds of sports (everything you can think of except football), greek fraternities and sororities, and aviation clubs of course, both military and civilian. Most students are pretty nice, even if some of them are a bit arrogant. And, most professors have a PhD in their subjects and are more than qualified to teach their subjects and will give you individual help. |
Personally, I love it here and I can't really understand why the men complain so much. There are plenty of attractive women on campus and in Daytona Beach, they are just too busy bitching about the lack of women to notice the high-quality ones sitting in front of them. A lot of them have a girlfriend, either here or at home. Yes, we do have some nerdy gamers here, but what school doesn't? The tuition is high, I think maybe because it's a private institution and it doesn't receive much state funding. Anyone who claims that ER isn't a top-notch school or doubts it's influence in the Aviation profession is sadly mistaken; all branches of the military give more pilot slots to ERAU ROTC cadets than any other college (besides maybe the University of South Dakota), all of our ROTC's are excellent, and most pilots have pretty decent jobs after graduation. Not to mention that the Aerospace Engineering program is the best in the country. Bottom line-if you're looking for a college where you're going to go out partying and getting laid by a different girl every night then Embry-Riddle isn't for you. However if you are looking for a good education and are serious about entering the Aviation field, either civilian or military, than you would want to consider this place seriously.
|Jan 16 2010|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| If you desire to fly for a major airline, don't even think about this school until you consider other options. This school has a great program, don't get me wrong, but you'll be in debt for years to come simply to afford it.|
Their Air Force Detachment is outstanding. If you want to fly for the military but don't want the Air Force Academy, this is the place for you.
The Aerospace Engineering program is an excellent choice here. Students are challenged, and the staff will work with you to get you through your classes.
Before you go however, check out sites regarding this school that aren't maintained by the owners
|May 18 2006|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2009 |
| I was an optimistic person going into this school. I had earned a full ride ROTC scholarship, so the financial issue what not a problem for me. I chose Aerospace engineering, assuming that I was going to get a good hands on experience in the design of aerospace equipment right off the bat. (i.e. design and build gliders, rockets, etc.)|
Then the reality of this school hit me.
My classes were either a joke or extremely hard, depending on the professor and which class you were taking. The physics department is a disgrace. I had a good class and professor for the first semester, but for the second semester I had a professor from Bulgaria who did not challenge me as a student and I suffered on the final exam as a result. Oh, they also have department wide final exams for the physics classes, so that means if you have a horrible professor your not going to do well on the final exam which is worth 25-30 % of your grade. I know that someone is going to say "well you should have studied harder." The fact is I did, I studied the material that my professor made me responsible for and knew it, but when your professor doesn't take the time to be responsible and give you an idea of what to expect then you are not going to do well unless you are a genius.
My math professor was good. I had the same one for two semesters for both Calc III and Diffy Q. I was very happy with my Calc III grade and learned the material. I didn't do so well in Diffy Q (I'm retaking it).
Next the Humanities Department. I found the classes to be interesting and did very well in them, and found the professors better able to teach the material than those in the more technical classes. The only problem with this is I came here to get a good engineering degree, not a humanities or communications degree.
The college life is what you make of it. I was lucky to find a good group of friends that helped me out when things got rough. You had to leave Daytona almost every weekend to find something to do. Cocoa Beach, Orlando, or University of Florida up in Gainesville were the places to go. I was the one with a vehicle so I made friends fast.
Not many people have commented on this, ROTC. Many say it's better here than anywhere else. That depends on what you think makes an ROTC program good. If you think that taking ROTC instead of going to an Academy means the military stuff won't be as intrusive than this is not the place to be. It's not as bad as say the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, they don't inspect your dorms. The upperclass cadets and mids here make sure that you will not have fun. They're goal is to get rid of cadets and mids, not keep them as they would at a smaller ROTC program. The instructors (who are active duty officers) teaching the classes are very helpful and know their stuff. Just don't be careless because cadets and mids who don't study their stuff will be taken note of and have a bad reputation among the instructors.
For those asking, yes, I am tranferring and happy I am doing so. The school I'm moving to has a great engineering program. It doesn't have a big name, but the education is worth it.
A student goes to Embry-Riddle to pay for a name, not earn a valuable education that you can be proud of. Many who decide to stay are good people and good students, but the school has a lot of closeminded individuals who believe this is the only AE school to go to. It's not. California, Colorado, and North Carolina also have great AE programs. I would take the AE program at USAFA over this any day, having already had a chance to compare both.
My advice to students looking at this school is to visit it first and see the programs for yourself, you will be glad you spent the time and money to visit and see for yourself if you like it or not. I don't consider my time spent a waste, I got a free year of school from the military and am glad for it, but it's not for me. Those of you coming on a military scholarship have a year to decide on the school.My verdict, don't come here. It's as simple as that.
|Jul 04 2008|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2011 |