FLYING’s Flight School Guide, which launched in June, is a valuable tool for students looking for the right flight school, aviation college, or university for them.
Each student has a vision of what that school should be like. For some, that means a large university with Division I football games to attend on the weekends, but for others, an accelerated program leading to a career in as little as 12 months is the right track.
To help you make an informed decision on which school may be the right fit, we’ve gathered information and ranked each program in five categories, awarding 10 points for each:
● Career/Industry Partnerships
● Campus Life
For a detailed breakdown on how we rated each school, please visit our page on FLYING‘s flight school scoring methodology.
Below is a list of all the colleges/universities within the U.S. that offer aviation flight programs and their overall rankings out of 50, with the University of Oklahoma topping the list.
#1 Ranked Aviation College: 43/50 Points
University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma received high marks in all categories.
- 9/10 in Career/Industry Partnerships: Dedication to solidifying partnerships with airlines such as Southwest and Envoy to provide students with a high probability of placement post graduation.
- 9/10 in Value: For a large, well-known university, both tuition and flight training costs for the University of Oklahoma come in below average. OU also gives veteran students the option to utilize VA benefits for flight training.
- 9/10 in Fleet: A well thought out, up-to-date fleet gives OU high marks in Fleet. Flight students also have access to advanced aircraft simulators.
- 8/10 in Facilities/Location: OU’s main campus is only about a 10 minute drive from the airfield where students undergo flight training. This facility gives students room to study, plan flights, and complete post-flight training with instructors.
- 8/10 in Campus Life: The University of Oklahoma is a large D1 school which means they score high in overall campus life. Students can join hundreds of school organizations, like Greek Life, and attend large SEC football games on the weekends.
#2 Ranked Aviation Colleges: 42/50 Points
Schools that scored 42/50 total points offer perks in all of the ranked categories. Career partnerships to assist students in gaining meaningful employment after graduation, a reasonable flight training cost and tuition, a well thought out fleet of training aircraft, high-class facilities for aviation students, and a lively campus life. These schools should be high on the list when considering an aviation education.
- Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus
- Purdue University
- University of North Dakota
- Western Michigan University
#3 Ranked Aviation Colleges: 41/50 Points
Schools that scored 41/50 total points also offer a solid aviation education. These schools may be perfect for those looking for a smaller school that can offer personalized instruction.
The remaining schools in the U.S. are still strong options. Here’s where they ranked in FLYING‘s assessment.
|#4||Kent State University|
Ohio State University
Oklahoma State University
Southeastern Oklahoma University
Big Bend Community College
Bowling Green State University
California Aeronautical University
Delta State University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Institute of Aviation-Parkland College
Middle Tennessee State University
University of Cincinnati
University of Nebraska
Lehigh-Carbon Community College
Florida Memorial University
Indiana State University
Mt. San Antonio College
Henderson State University
Minnesota State U- Mankato
San Diego Christian College
Southern Illinois University
Texas State Technical College
University of Maryland-Eastern Shore
University of Central Missouri
Aviator College of Aeronautical Science and Technology
|#8||California Baptist University|
Colorado Northwestern Comm. College
Delaware State University
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Miami Dade University
San Jose State University
University of Dubuque
Utah State University
Middle Georgia State University
South Dakota State
Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College
Moody Bible Institute
Sinclair Community College
|#9||Arizona State University|
Orange Coast College
Saint Louis University
Clover Park Technical College
Community College of Baltimore County
Eastern Kentucky University
Gallatin State College of Montana State University
Gateway Technical College
Green River College
Lane Community College
|#10||Farmingdale State College|
Mercer County Community College
Southern Utah University
Community College of Allegheny County
Community College of Beaver County
Eastern Michigan University
Florida State College-Jacksonville
Lake Superior College
Fox Valley Technical College
Texas Southern University
Northwestern Michigan College
Tulsa Community College
University of Alaska- Anchorage
|#12||Florida Institute of Technology|
Polk State College
Western Colorado Community College
Rocky Mountain College
Vermont Technical College
|#13||Bridgewater State University|
Southwestern Illinois College
Central Washington College
William Jessup University
Eastern Mennonite University
To see a detailed view of each school, visit FLYING’s Flight School Guide.