Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

Located in Tempe, Arizona, Arizona State University offers four aviation bachelor’s degree programs and one graduate program. The school prides itself on providing students with knowledge and skills critical to their success as industry leaders. 

Program Highlights

Arizona State is an FAA-approved Part 141 pilot school and flight operations are conducted at the Chandler Municipal Airport (KCHD), roughly a 25-minute drive from main campus. 

Programs ASU offers include: 

  • Bachelor of Science
    • Air Traffic Management
    • Air Transportation Management
    • Aviation
    • Professional Flight 
  • Master of Science
    • Aviation Management and Human Factors

ASU offers a 4+1 pathway to complete a bachelor’s and master’s program in five years instead of six. The school also works with airlines to provide a clear path to industry careers for their students. 

Industry partners include:

  • Delta
  • ExpressJet

Arizona State’s Professional Flight degree is accredited by Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).


Arizona residents can expect to pay a base tuition of $13,000. Out-of-state students will pay much more, $32,000. These costs do not include flight fees.

On top of tuition, flight students will have additional costs for flight courses. Over the course of four years, to complete all flight certificates ASU has to offer, students will need up to an additional $90,000. 

Students can apply for scholarships to help with the cost, including the:

  • Captain Jeff Kuss Aviation Scholarship
  • CGCS-Bernard Harris Scholarship Program
  • Chuck Peacock Memorial Scholarship

Arizona State University does not accept veterans’ benefits for flight training.

Fleet and Facilities

Arizona State has a pretty traditional fleet of aircraft that include:

  • Cessna C172s
  • Piper PA44s

Graduates from ASU’s Part 141 flight training program are eligible for the restricted ATP of 1,000 hours. 

Campus Life

ASU offers a fairly typical campus life for a mid-sized university. The school has more than 1,000 clubs and organizations for students, including a rich Greek presence. Worship and religious services are also available.

ASU has many university traditions like their Homecoming Moonlight Walk, the Academic Bowl, and the Inferno. 

The Bottom Line

Arizona State University is a mid-sized state school and is for students who are seriously interested in becoming professional airline pilots. With industry connections, ASU can help students make a beeline for careers. The school also offers a traditional university experience with sports, clubs, and Greek life. 

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Other Information

  • In-State Tuition (Per Year) $5,674
  • Out-of-State Tuition (Per Year)$14,719
  • Flight Cost $90,000
  • In-State Total Estimated Program Cost$112,696
  • Out-of-State Total Estimated Program Cost$148,876
  • NIFA (Y/N)No
  • NIFA RegionN/A

Arizona State University Score

Overall: 35 out of a possible 50 points in Colleges

Points Earned

7 out of 10 in Industry Partners

8 out of 10 in Value

6 out of 10 in Fleet

8 out of 10 in Campus Life

6 out of 10 in Facilities and Location

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