Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott is a residential campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. The university offers bachelor, master's, and PhD degree programs in arts, sciences, aviation, business, engineering, and security & intelligence. The Prescott campus also offers a master's degree in safety science.


Embry-Riddle began in 1925 as the Embry-Riddle Company, an aircraft dealer, and airmail provider, founded by Talton Higbee Embry and John Paul Riddle in Cincinnati, Ohio. Embry-Riddle was eventually incorporated into what is now American Airlines, before reforming during the buildup to World War II in Miami, Florida as the Embry-Riddle School of Aviation, and later, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute. Embry-Riddle moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1965 and was renamed Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1970.

Embry-Riddle opened its second campus in Prescott, Arizona in 1978.[3] Embry-Riddle purchased the former campus of Prescott College, which closed abruptly in 1974 from financial hardship.[4]


The 539-acre (2.18 km2) campus is located among Arizona's Bradshaw Mountain Range approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) from Prescott's airport, Ernest A. Love Field. All campus life is centered in a one-mile (1.6 km) area. Prescott is 90 miles north of Phoenix, and 90 miles south of Flagstaff.

Academic buildings

Facilities at Prescott Campus include the multi-lab Aerospace Experimentation and Fabrication Building (AXFAB). AXFAB holds a fabrication suite with a machine shop and two connected fabrication areas for senior design projects. The Material Science Lab and Materials Testing Lab are also housed in AXFAB, along with the Structures Lab and the Structural Dynamics Lab. The Space Systems lab houses a satellite ground station which operates on amateur radio bands as well as equipment to allow students to simulate attitude control of satellites. The Composites Lab enables students to fabricate composite parts and the Rapid Prototyping Lab contains stereo-lithography printers for student use.

The King Engineering and Technology Center is where most of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering classes occur. This building contains a Design Suite for Autonomous Vehicles and Freshman Engineering Lab which allow students to build robots, lighter-than-air vehicles, and more. The Control Theory Lab, Digital Circuits Lab, and Linear Circuits Lab all give students the hands-on experience in electronics. The Power Lab lets students design, fabricate, and test power electronics, and the Senior Design Suite is a place for students to work on their capstone projects.

The Tracy Doryland Wind Tunnel Laboratory contains an Aerodynamics laboratory with four wind tunnels for undergraduate students' use. The Thermal/Fluid Laboratory contains a water tunnel to demonstrate fluid flow. The Propulsion Lab has a micro-turbojet which is used to study advanced propulsion.

A new STEM education center and planetarium opened in Fall 2017 for the 2017-2018 year.

The 48,000 sq ft (4,500 m2). Academic Complex I houses faculty offices, computer and meteorology labs, two lecture halls and a number of classrooms. Other facilities include the Robertson Aviation Safety Center with a crash investigation lab, the Christine & Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Library and Learning Center, Aviation Safety & Security Archives (ASASA) where the Robertson papers and other crash investigators' papers are housed, Haas Interfaith Chapel, dining hall, student union, and residence halls.


There are three housing communities on campus. Before Fall 2009, the Thumb Butte Complex and one hall in the Village Complex were designated exclusively for the first-year student program while the remaining Village Complex residence halls served the needs of both continuing and transfer students. The Mingus Mountain Complex housed first-year students as well as continuing and transfer student housing. Starting in Fall 2009 Halls 1-4 (Mingus Mountain Complex) were designated for first-year students, Hall 5 (Mingus Complex) housed continuing and transfer students, all halls in the Village Complex (Halls 6 to 10) were designated for continuing and transfer students, and two halls in the Thumb Butte Complex were designated for first-year students. The remaining two halls in the Thumb Butte Complex (TBC) were closed for Fall 2009. Due to renovating works planned for Hall 5, Hall 5 residents were reassigned to the remaining halls in TBC (M100 and M400) and available spaces at the Village for the Spring 2010 term. Hall 5 is expected to reopen for Fall 2010 for continuing and transfer students. Also, for Fall 2010 the alcohol policy was changed, allowing for beer and wine in the "wet halls". The buildings in the Thumb Butte Complex were designated as the wet halls.

Rooms are furnished with beds, closets, dressers, desks and desk chairs, mini-fridge or micro-fridge and private bathrooms. All buildings in the Village Complex have a common lounge / study / meeting room with whiteboards, a TV, ping pong tables and couches. The TBC buildings have a common lounge and a community kitchen.

Academic profile

The Prescott campus has the nation's only College of Security and Intelligence.[5] This degree program focuses on global issues such as terrorism, information warfare, transportation security, illicit trafficking networks, corporate security, population dislocations, natural disasters, widespread epidemics, cyber security and international crime and homeland security.

Prescott also has the only Master of Science in Safety Science, which prepares students for careers in aviation, general industry safety, and government agencies.


Academics at the Prescott campus are organized into four colleges.

College of Security and Intelligence Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
  • Department of Humanities and Communications
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
    • ROTC (Army and Air Force)
College of Aviation
  • Aeronautical Sciences Department
  • Meteorology Department
  • Safety Science Department
  • Department of Flight
College of Engineering
  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department
  • Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering Department

Cost of attendance

Undergraduate tuition for the 2013-2014 school year is $30,960 per year (for 12-16 credit hours per semester). Room and board is estimated at around $9,410 depending on the housing option and meal plan, per year. Books for the 2013-2014 school year are estimated at $1,400 per semester. Graduate tuition for the 2013-2014 school year is $15,900 per year (for 6 credit hours). Room and Board is estimated at around $7,210 per year, and books at around $1,200. In addition, the majority of Embry-Riddle students receive an average of $12,000 in merit based scholarships.[1]

Flight training and personal expenses are in addition to these costs. The average flight student spends about $15,000 on flight training annually,[6] during his or her stay at Embry-Riddle, depending on if they elect a single-engine or multi-engine curriculum. Flight electives such as the flight instructor course ($11,061) or aircraft upset recovery ($2,200) are available at additional cost,[7] Students who hold advanced ratings before attending Embry-Riddle may pay less, depending on flying ability and certificates and ratings earned prior to matriculation.

Student body

Embry-Riddle’s total Fall 2016 undergraduate enrollment at the Prescott campus was 2,400 students, 24% of which were female.[2] International students make up 4.2% of the Prescott campus's undergraduate enrollment.

A student-operated newspaper, Horizons, publishes every 2 weeks during the school year. The campus also has Riddle Radio, which broadcasts outdoors in the Student Union area, on the Internet at its website, and on AM 1640. Over 90 student clubs and organizations are approved for Fall 2013. These include fraternities and sororities, service clubs, academic clubs, athletic clubs and special interest/activities clubs.[8]

The Prescott campus is home to the Golden Eagles Flight Team, which competes in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association. Prescott's Golden Eagles Flight Team has won the regional championship each year for the past 31 years, and the team is also eleven-time National Champions winning in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2017.[9] With their eleven national wins, the team has also been inducted into the San Diego Air & Space Museum's Hall of Fame.[10]

Embry-Riddle provides a residential network, ResNet, to students living in residence halls at the Prescott campus. ResNet provides students Internet access via a 10/100 Ethernet network. Ethernet ports and cables are provided for each student living in on-campus residence halls.


ERAU–Prescott teams, nicknamed athletically as the Eagles, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the California Pacific Conference (CalPac). Men's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

There are several club sports as well: Baseball, rugby, cheer squad, dance team, archery, golf, indoor soccer, lacrosse, softball, and ice hockey. Athletic facilities on campus include indoor volleyball and basketball courts, a fitness center, a training room with a whirlpool, a multi-purpose gym, and a matted room for wrestling, aerobics, and martial arts. Other facilities include a softball field, intercollegiate soccer field, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, a 25-yard outdoor swimming pool, racquetball courts, a running track and a multi-sport recreation field. The fitness center is currently undergoing a major renovation of facilities due for completion in the next 3 years.

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Faculty/Staff Statistics". Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  2. ^ a b c "Office of Institutional Research". Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  3. ^ "Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Profile". Barron's Profiles of American Colleges. 2006. Retrieved 2008-06-21. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Yavapai Heritage Roundup". Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  5. ^ "B.S. Degree in Global Security and Intelligence Studies". Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Archived from the original on 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  6. ^ "Estimated Costs of Attending Embry-Riddle 2009-10". Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Archived from the original on 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  7. ^ "Frequently asked questions about the flight department and the flight program". Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  8. ^ "Prescott Campus Clubs and Organizations". Office of Student Activities, Embry-Riddle,Prescott campus. 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  9. ^ "Golden Eagles Flight Team". Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 
  10. ^ "Hall of Fame Induction". Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Newsroom. Retrieved 2017-11-09. 

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