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12 September 2018  

Embry-Riddle Prescott Ranked No. 1 in Aerospace, Aeronautical, Astronautical Engineering

PRESCOTT, Ariz. – For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges guidebook, an annual ranking of nearly 1,800 accredited four-year schools in the United States, has ranked Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Campus’ Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering Program No. 1 in the nation among undergraduate institutions (in schools where is doctorate is not offered) in its 2019 edition.

“Our students have exceptional opportunities for ‘hands-on’ experiential learning in the classroom, in the labs, and in extracurricular activities and projects,” said Dr. Ron Madler, Dean of the College of Engineering at the Prescott Campus. “Students learn how to be creative problem solvers in a team environment via these experiential learning projects.”

The ranking was based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty who nominated the 10 best engineering programs in the specialty engineering area: Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical. Schools had to receive at least seven nominations in order to be eligible to be ranked.

“A commitment to undergraduate education with experienced faculty who bring real-world lessons to the classroom is what we’re all about,” said Dr. Mark Sensmeier, aerospace engineering department chair. “Our faculty average over 12 years of experience from places like Lockheed-Martin, Raytheon, General Electric (GE), U.S. Air Force, GKN, and others—before coming to Embry-Riddle. The perspective they bring to our education allows our students to hit the ground running in the aerospace industry.”

In the category of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs at schools where a doctorate is not offered, the Prescott Campus tied at No. 15 and excelled as the highest-rated Arizona school in the category. This year’s ranking is also Prescott’s 13th appearance in the top 20 nationwide.

“Companies come looking for our AE graduates,” added Madler. “They work in every corner of the aerospace field – from the largest aerospace companies to smaller startups. They work on every kind of aerospace platform and perform a wide range of roles supporting those programs.”

Highlights of U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges guidebook are posted at

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About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s largest, oldest and most comprehensive institution specializing in aviation, aerospace, engineering and related degree programs. A fully accredited university, Embry-Riddle is also a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. A nonprofit, independent institution, Embry-Riddle offers more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. The university educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through its Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and, and find expert videos at

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