Sunday, August 17, 2008

Embry-Riddle Keeps Top Spot in U.S. News & World Report’s Best College Rankings

Embry Riddle selected Top College
DAYTONA BEACH -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has once again earned the top ranking in the annual “America’s Best Colleges” guide published by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

In the specialty category of “Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering Programs” at schools where the highest degree is a master’s, Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus took first place, followed by the U.S. Air Force Academy in second, and Embry-Riddle’s Prescott, Ariz., campus in third.

Embry Riddle Wright Flyer
The university, which has one of the largest aerospace engineering programs in the nation, has won the top spot every year since the category was introduced in 2001.

“For the ninth year in a row, U.S. News has honored Embry-Riddle for outstanding achievement in ‘Aerospace Engineering’ and in the ‘overall Undergraduate Engineering’ category,” said Dr. John P. Johnson, the university’s president. “We are extremely proud of this accomplishment and think it is a reflection of Embry-Riddle’s quality faculty, staff, and students in our engineering departments and throughout the university."

In the overall category of “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” where the highest degree is a master’s, both campuses rank in the top 20. Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus is ranked number nine, tied with Villanova University. Embry-Riddle’s Prescott campus is number 20, tied with Baylor University, Bradley University, Santa Clara University, and Valparaiso University.

Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus is 13th in the overall category of “Best Universities – Master’s” (South Region).

The rankings for the “Best University” category are based on reputation (25%), graduation and retention rates (25%), faculty resources (20%), student selectivity (15%), financial resources (10%), and alumni giving rate (5%). The rankings for the engineering programs are based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty who rated each program they are familiar with.

Highlights of the college rankings are scheduled for publication in the Aug. 27 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine, available for newsstand purchase Monday, Aug. 20, the same day the 2008 “America’s Best Colleges” guidebook also becomes available.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. The university educates more than 34,000 students annually in undergraduate and graduate programs at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., Worldwide at more than 130 centers in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East, and through online learning. For more information, visit

Embry Riddle University is located six miles north east of the Spruce Creek Fly-in, at the Daytona Beach International Airport.

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