Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Reviews

  • 28 Reviews
  • Daytona Beach (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $9,912
65% of 28 students said this degree improved their career prospects
57% of 28 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Nick White
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2023
  • Degree: Aerospace Engineering
"The online classes do not provide adequate learning methods. Every module has meaningless reading and discussion assignments which do not add to learning. Grading is confusing and is not consistent. The tuition is very high and required books are of minimal help."
  • Reviewed: 8/13/2022
  • Degree: Aviation
"So far absolutely zero interaction with a professor apart from reading the one announcement at the beginning of the module that tells you to do your assignments. Every week you read something like 5 chapters out of a textbook they don't tell you about until you're already into the module then you write a bunch of essays, which is fine but theirs never any interaction with the instructors. However 15% of your grade is posting canned responses to your classmates work, but again there is absolutely zero teaching going on. You teach yourself, you can ask them questions however they might not get back to you within 48 hrs if they ever do. Which all of this wouldn't necessarily be a deal breaker if it weren't for the $3000 price tag taking two classes every 9 weeks. My thinking is, if their isn't any instruction going on you're better off just going to a different school. Here you are only paying for the name "Embry-Riddle", and I just don't feel like it's worth it. This is just my experience and opinion, maybe you enjoy this style of learning and think it's worth it."
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2022
  • Degree: Aviation
"Terrible academic advisors. Required to take classes without receiving credit. Poor communication. Lack of care and respect for students. Advisors are not timely. Courses are out of order. No one cares about quality education at this University. Not made for civilian students. Mediocre for military personnel who want to add onto their resumes."
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2022
  • Degree: Aerospace Engineering
"Ever wonder why ERAU grads have little to no school spirit, unlike most other colleges. It’s because the school cares more about their reputation and public statistics than the students currently attending the school. I started school going for a BA in AE (Aerospace Engineering). I have had to retake almost every core class from this school. With instructors expecting you to already know as much as they do they skip over the middle parts and only go over the begging and end of every topics and questions as well as make you feel bad for having questions or not understanding. I have used every resource available to me such as: A^2, individual tutoring, tutor.com, the library, study groups, and SI sessions, none of these have helped me to learn the material enough to be able to pass courses the first time, sometimes even the second time. When advisors or professors see that you are repeating a course they automatically start talking to you about switching degrees and how “if you can’t pass the first time you can’t/ shouldn’t be in this degree because if it’s hard now it’ll only get much worse from here”. Of course the courses are difficult there is a year plus worth of information shoved into a few months with no homework graded only tests are graded (maybe a quiz or two if your professor is nice), with professors that don’t know how to teach they just know the material like the back of their hand so they expect you to know as much as they do; and divided so that if you want to pass you’re better off cheating your way through classes or learning the bare minimum (what you’ll be tested on) to be able to pass the class with a C. I’m currently having issues with Embry-Riddle because they care more about their public statistics of their courses, graduates, and reputation than with their students sitting in front of them asking for help in any way possible so their graduation date doesn’t get pushed back another semester for one course, or so they don’t have to switch degrees because there were outstanding issues outside of class during the semester which caused students to not be able to show their full potential, or so they don’t take out another loan maxing out their loans with another semester or two ahead of them. On top of all the issues with the courses and professors add mental health issues into the mix, there are pilots, AMS students, and all types of engineers out here refusing to get help for their depression, anxiety, stress, ADHD, ADD, OCD for fear of what their professors might think of them (immediate judgement for asking for any kind of help/ guidance) or worse yet how it’ll effect their possible career choice because the FAA doesn’t allow a lot of medications for various career paths including but not limited to pilots. I’d just like to say I hope that someone from administration from Embry Riddle reads these reviews so they can understand the kind of stress they’re adding to their students lives inside and outside of the classrooms, in hopes they correct said issues to make student lives better henceforth making the school better."
Bryan Radliff
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2021
  • Degree: MBA
"Had a great MBA experience at a remote campus location that tailored class schedules around the installations military training schedules. This all took place at a point in time when there was no online learning offered. Took a myriad of theories, information, concepts and lessons learned away from my MBA experience that I was able to apply during my carrier. Would definitely recommend the program to others."
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2021
  • Degree: Communications
"I have an academic advisor and a mentor( The mentor is something that the school itself came up with, and that's been very beneficial so far). Overall my courses are pretty informational. The professors really care about what they're teaching, and they make sure that the students are really learning as well."
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  • Reviewed: 9/30/2020
  • Degree: Management
"The majority of counselors give no help with selecting a major or scheduling your classes in an appropriate order. In the Worldwide program (online and classrooms all over the world), these counselors are also the only help with any questions such as dropping classes. In my case, I received an F in a class that I needed to drop because the counselor told me it was my instructors job to deal with that. By the time the emails back and forth were all done and she did her job to help me, it was past the deadline. The degree program is all over the map, sometimes touching on things involving the aviation world, and other times not, but not really making it so you leave with any career direction in or out of aviation business. If you go to any company that is not an airline or in the DoD's back pocket, then they will look at your degree and questions who the college is and what does "Technical Management" mean, before putting your resume in the dismissal pile. I could have finished my degree much faster and got more out of it, both in what I learned and in how the degree impacting getting interviews, if I had taken a regular business degree program from any of the other colleges that are common on USAF bases. At least hiring managers look at U of Maryland or Phoenix University as a recognizable university, even if not highly rated, and assume you learned something useful there."
Steve S
  • Reviewed: 9/24/2020
  • Degree: Management
"Not sure why there are these horrible reviews. I initially graduated from ERAU in 1989 and received a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Business. I am now attending virtually through the Worldwide Online campus. Both experiences have been great! I have worked successfully for a Fortune 500 aviation company for the past 25 years. ERAU is highly respected in the industry and will definitely help you within the field of aviation. I have been working on my Master's Degree in Management for over a year now and have really enjoyed the experience. Yes, the online experience is much different than attending a class in the real world. That being said, I've learned so much and have applied it to my management career. Proud to be an Eagle!"
  • Reviewed: 9/13/2019
  • Degree: Aerospace Engineering
"Embry-Riddle is a scam college. First off, if you want to be a pilot, you are instructed on what is needed to accomplish that. It turns out that in order to be a pilot, you only need to know how to fly a plane. Does the staff at Embry-Riddle tell you that? Nope! They set you up with a bachelors degree in Aeronautical Science which you do not need! The flight lessons which you do need will cost about $100,000, and the Aeronautical Science degree will cost you another $100,000, and you DONT need the degree! This is not a clerical error. It is a well-coordinated plan which they do with all students who want to be a pilot in order for the school to make money. The next scam is Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle. Everywhere you look on Embry-Riddles website, it says #1 in Aerospace Engineering. This rating was not the result of academic opinion or a reputable magazine or newspaper. This rating was from a CROOKED TABLOID known as US News. Why would some tabloid randomly out of nowhere get into the business of ranking the Aerospace Engineering programs across the country? Did the higher ups at Embry-Riddle do a secret deal with the crooked tabloid in order to get ranked #1 this year? I personally believe so. They are a crooked tabloid anyways. Next to talk about is the Aerospace Engineering graduation rate. Students are misled into believing that if they try their hardest, they will graduate. The Aerospace Engineering program is so screwed up that I heard that the graduation rate for Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle is only 3%. Does this make sense to me? Yes. Why? Cause out of the dozens of Aerospace Engineering students that I know there, only 1 graduated, and he admitted that he cheated his way through. The graduation rate at Embry-Riddle for Aerospace Engineering is 3% while the graduation rate for Aerospace Engineering at a better / normal college such as West Point is 50% to 60%. The next point is a very important point. Many colleges, including Embry-Riddle, require students to know Pre-Calculus, Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Differential Equations, etc. It turns out that these classes are not necessary to know AT ALL in order to be an engineer. Especially Calculus 2, these classes are extremely hard. In order to be an engineer, you need to know Algebra and Physics. Thats it. West Point, for example, requires students to know Algebra and Physics, and thats it. Find a better university than Embry-Ridddle. Most Aerospace Engineering majors that I know went through 2 years of college working very hard and failing over and over. I switched my major after 1 year. They gave up after 2 years. Meanwhile, almost all of them collected about $150,000 to $250,000 in student loans. They then maxed out the student loans that they can get from whoever cosigned the loans. They now have about $150,000 to $250,000 in student loans with no job and no degree. You cannot declare bankruptcy on student loans which means you have them for life until you pay them back. Knowing that students would ambitiously take out student loans and also knowing that the students could never repay the student loans, the higher ups at Embry-Riddle increase the tuition yearly. While current and former students struggle, I am positive that the president of the university makes a few million dollars a year. Embry-Riddle also markets their college as if students who attend will have spring break all year long. They send staff to various places of the US to introduce students and parents to Embry-Riddle. At these events, the staff gives every student an Embry-Riddle towel to seal the deal. Is this wrong? Yes, because no student at Embry-Riddle is on spring break year long. It is very cold in Daytona when it is not summer. Embry-Riddle is a crooked college. If you get As and Bs, you are automatically in. If you get any Cs, you are not accepted. Dont bother working on your admissions essay; no one reads them. They make sure they seal the deal with students by putting the acceptance letter under a gold heading saying Embry-Riddle. Given all of these reasons, I highly recommend that no one attend Embry-Riddle. Find a better university than Embry-Riddle. There is a reason why most top students never attend Embry-Riddle."
  • Reviewed: 7/16/2019
  • Degree: MBA in Management
"Absolute worst experience. Arrogant teachers. Basically, “read this book and then do a huge assignment that takes you over 20 hours based on no instruction”. If you are concerned with your GPA do not touch this school. Everyone gives you the same canned response or tells you to talk to someone else. Every single course is completely different than the last. It seems there’s no oversight on the content designers. A lot of gotcha type methods. The focus is more on trucking you into an incorrect response rather than helping you learn the material."
Worldwide is different school than Daytona
  • Reviewed: 10/3/2018
  • Degree: MSW
"Be aware that they stamp your diploma and transcripts to note that you didnt attend main campus. Go to a school that doesn't discriminate against their own students. Your transcripts and diploma are not considered the same as Daytona or Prescott. Ask them if worldwide grads are treated the same as Daytona grads by employers and schools. They even have separate graduation. Worldwide students are segregated from Daytona and Prescott...just ask your enrollment advisor, then find a non discriminating state school and enjoy the same,respect and honors associated with degree completion as on campus students. The education is excellent but the utility of your achievements will be diminished by the schools policies and main campus elitist attitudes. Worldwide is a different school than Daytona or Prescott. YOU ARE NOT GETTING A FULL ERAU DEGREE."
academic graduate
  • Reviewed: 10/2/2018
  • Degree: Aviation
"Oh man, this school is number one s***** school I ever had. Their admission process is tremendous slow, University student take care about complicated admission process. They actually don't know what they are doing. Its ranking will drop again on us news and reports."
  • Reviewed: 5/23/2018
  • Degree: Engineering
"I was enrolled in the online Engineering degree program through Worldwide. As others have written in their reviews, the classes are short and leave little room to withdraw and requesting an incomplete is near impossible even though it is allowed. The instructors are merely facilitators who, just like most students, only complete the minimum requirements. I complained about course material in the ENGR 101 course and the instructor replied with the course material is not his. Not once did any instructor actually try to teach anything. the school is just as military friendly as any other online school, perhaps even less. All actions are controlled by the instructor, who again only performs minimally. I am very disappointed as many of my co-workers in the space industry have degrees from ERAU. The only difference is they went to the actual school. I know two others taking online classes through Worldwide that are also having the same issues. ERAU needs to improve the quality of the online courseware and they need to hire actual teachers for the courses, not these facilitators. I thought this school would be much better given the high rating, but I wrong. Do yourself a favor and look at other programs."
  • Reviewed: 5/5/2018
  • Degree: MBA
"Academic advisors are good, but instructor(s) are mediocre at best. No consistency in requirements, no one knows what's going on, and nothing really gets fixed. For example, the McGraw Hill (Connect) program that interfaces with Canvas is riddled with bugs (in my experience) and assignments that were completed in Connect and graded will mysteriously disappear. You have to call tech support at McGraw Hill to try to get it resolved, because the instructor who is supposed to help will not return emails. Then when you get in touch with someone from McGraw Hill it's someone in India that you can barely hear, because the call is obviously long distance and cuts out mid way through a sentence then you have to repeat again. And even after all that you're forced to retake the assignments again, because tech support can't find any trace of you completing the assignment. Yes I do have the answers from the assignments I completed, but how do I know I won't have to do this same crap all over again? This is totally ridiculous and at this time I do not plan to go back to ERAU for their online MBA program after my current class. Unfortunately I will have to retake some of the classes I took (2 classes), because they are not accepted at AACSB schools like UF or Penn State. But it'll be worth it as long as I don't have go through this insanity again. Another issue is the instructor(s) inability to respond until a week later when they are supposed to respond in 48 hrs to questions. Completing a degree like this does not take just time from me, but from my family as well. Also this kind of experience is not acceptable these days when people are being put in massive debt with obtaining a college degree and not seeing a return on their investment. Even for degrees that do matter (e.g. STEM). If they're okay with this kind of performance and fine with a few people leaving the program that's fine, because they're not getting my money. Out of 10 stars: Financial Aid Process 9 stars Academic Advisor 9 Stars Instructors 3 Stars Academic Material 6 Stars Technology 4 Stars"
Chet Cannon
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2018
  • Degree: Aviation
"This program is for folks just wanting a degree. The courses are very easy but to try to get credit through work experience (30 Years) its a joke. I could teach these classes and they simply want my money. NO chance of waivers. They give every excuse in the book as to why the class is better than work experience. I DO NOT recommend anyone to attend this degree mill if you are serious about aviation. The online discussion boards are full of nothing to learn from. I went in hoping to get something out of this program and consider it a waste of time. Hope this helps some of you on the fence."
  • Reviewed: 9/6/2017
  • Degree: Systems Engineering
"Masters programs at ERAU worldwide are run of the degree mill. You have only a few days to drop any class once enrolled, which is not enough time to gauge the class and the instructor; and if you have and prove a life event, expect the advisors prioritize profits over your wellbeing (you will absolutely not get your money back, under any circumstance). The higher level classes are enjoyable but teach you nothing you wouldn't learn in industry; insofar as a masters piece of paper makes you look good, that's all you'll get. The low level classes are overcrowded, and participation is part of the grade (read and comment on the word walls of over-enthusiastic recent grads trying to prove themselves with no breathing white space). Your money, your company's money, or military money would be much better invested elsewhere."
Jeremy Heath
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2017
  • Degree: Technology Management
"The program was very accommodating to people that still have to work, but still want to pursue a degree. The best part about the school is that you can acquire a degree of your choice in a shortened time period. I would recommend this school to other people. The classes were also challenging and I was able to apply what I had learned to my current job."
Edgar McGehee
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2017
  • Degree: Aviation
"As a result of my studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University (ERAU), I invented an Aviation Safety System and definitely prepared me for my future career. Many other universities offer only a piece of paper on graduation and not the skills needed to enter the job market."
Richard Diana
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2017
  • Degree: Aviation
"Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide (ERAU-WW) campus is an excellent place to get an education in related to the aeronautical industry. The provide classes that are both in classroom or online. This provides student the flexibility to choose courses that meet their needs. The worldwide campus is designed for non traditional students or students that are working full time with many of the in class courses beginning in the evening. The university as a whole is really supportive of the military and is understanding when duty calls the student away unexpectedly. My favorite quality of the educational opportunity at ERAU-WW is their rolling (and accelerated) semesters. Each semester is designed to last for 9-11 weeks. In class options have 5 semesters throughout the year with several classes offered during each. The online classes have a rolling semester option in the same time limit but new courses begin 10 out of the 12 months every year. This gives students an opportunity to take classes when they can either afford to or when their schedule permits. Finally, the instruction provided at ERAU is professional and taught by knowledgeable professionals from within the fields that they teach."
Bethany Brandtman
  • Reviewed: 2/2/2017
  • Degree: Aviation
"Embry-Riddle offered challenging and enriching course curriculum that stimulated my mind, and kept me very busy during each class. However, the flexibility that online classes afforded me was the ability to spend more time with my family while I was able to self-pace many of my classes. As an air traffic controller in the military, I was able to apply my knowledge of aeronautics to my job, and also learn an incredible amount about the legal, social, and environmental influences on the aviation industry. The diversity of the classes also presented amazing opportunities to experience working with and interacting with my peers and instructors from all around the world. I would recommend ERAU to anyone who is pursuing an aviation related degree because the level of service and expertise I received from ALL agencies in the school (instructors, counselors, advisors, financial aid, etc.) was professional, respectful, and dignified. I am proud to be an alumni of ERAU and look forward to pursuing even higher education with this incredible institution."