University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, the University of Cincinnati Clermont College partners with Sporty’s Academy to offer an associate’s degree program for students looking to become a professional pilot. The aviation program is highly dedicated to safety.

Program Highlights

The flight school is headquartered at the Clermont County Airport (I69) in Batavia, Ohio, less than a mile from campus.

Pilot training in the aviation technology program is provided by Sporty’s Academy.

Programs offered include:

  • Associate of Applied Science
    • Aviation Technology

Students have the opportunity to participate in one of several professional internship programs with locally based airlines, and some graduates have been hired to work as flight instructors at the school.

Sporty’s has developed its own courses, its own teaching aids for flight instructors, and has produced hundreds of hours of video material on all aspects of pilot technique and aircraft safety. These aids are popular in the aviation community and are used by pilots that are not even training at Sporty’s.

The school is part of Region 3 of the National intercollegiate Flying Association.


Tuition is very affordable. For one semester, students will pay about $3,000 for base tuition. Base tuition does not include flight training.

Flight costs will run lower than average at approximately $50,000 for the full two-year program.

Students can apply for aviation scholarships to lower the cost of their training. Ones available include the:

  • Aviation Alumni Scholarship Fund
  • Phillips Aviation Scholarship

Veterans can use benefits like the GI Bill to help pay for tuition.

The school has solidified many partnerships with local aviation companies to provide students access to networking and internships.

Current partners include:

  • ABX Air
  • CommutAir
  • Executive Jet Management

Fleet and Facilities

Because of the partnership with Sporty’s, the school is able to give students access to a dedicated aviation education center that has been around since the 1960s. The fleet is up to date, and the facilities at Clermont County Airport are an ideal base of operations for a student pilot.

The fleet includes:

  • Cessna 172s
  • Cessna 182s
  • Piper Aztecs

The school also has several simulators for students to take advantage of in addition to the aircraft provided.

Sporty’s is an FAA written testing center served by the FAA’s contract test provider, PSI exams online.

Campus Life

The university is a small campus with a big footprint. It has seven sports on campus, including, soccer, volleyball, and baseball. Students can try out for the team or cheer them on from the stands.

It’s also home to more than 500 student organizations that support a variety of interests.

The Bottom Line

By teaming up with Sporty’s Academy, The University of Cincinnati as given its flight students the opportunity to train with one of the leaders in aviation education. A lower cost than most, access to internships, and impressive facilities, this school may be the right fit for a student looking for a high-class education on a tight budget.

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Other Information

  • In-State Tuition (Per Year) $6,000
  • Out-of-State Tuition (Per Year)$6,000
  • Flight Cost $50,000
  • In-State Total Estimated Program Cost$74,000
  • Out-of-State Total Estimated Program Cost$74,000
  • NIFA (Y/N)Yes
  • NIFA Region3

University of Cincinnati Score

Overall: 39 out of a possible 50 points in Colleges

Points Earned

7 out of 10 in Industry Partners

10 out of 10 in Value

7 out of 10 in Fleet

7 out of 10 in Campus Life

8 out of 10 in Facilities and Location

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