Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering

What is Aerospace Engineering?

Aerospace engineering is the study of design, production, and operation of flying machines. This branch of the sciences consists of two categories: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. The aeronautical engineering field concentrates on machines that fly within Earth’s atmosphere such as airplanes, helicopters, and jets. Meanwhile, astronautical engineering focuses on those that exit Earth’s atmosphere like rockets and spacecrafts. Aerospace engineering has existed as a field of study since the 19th century.

What Do Aerospace Engineers Do?

The main job of an aerospace engineer is to design flying machines. These range from airplanes, jets, and even missiles to spacecrafts, space stations, and satellites. Many aerospace engineers focus their expertise on specific components of a certain flying machine such as the wings of an aircraft or the control system of a spacecraft. 

Beyond the design phase, aerospace engineers also involve themselves in the testing phase for all components of aeronautical and astronautical craft. Engineers design tests for each machine. While aeronautical engineers and astronautical engineers both tackle the same issue of designing flying machines, aeronautical engineers work within the atmosphere of Earth while astronautical engineers work on models designed to enter space. In both cases, aerospace engineers do the work necessary to keep flying machines safe and flight-ready.

Is Aerospace Engineering Hard?

You know how some people use the old saying “It’s not rocket science” to put others at ease about how difficult a job is? Well, as explained above, one of the branches of aerospace engineering is quite literally rocket science. It is a very difficult field of study and profession but that shouldn’t stop you from pursuing it. 

First and foremost, an aerospace engineer needs an exceptional understanding of several branches of the sciences—engineering, technology, and physics. Because the design of flying machines also involves intricate calculations, it’s important to have a thorough knowledge of mathematics, including concepts like geometry, calculus, and statistics. With technology playing a vital role in both design and testing, you should also have a good background in computers and electronics.

So, yes, aerospace engineering is hard. But if you possess an intellectual curiosity for math and science, it’s also a subject that will utilize all of your academic strengths and give you a chance to apply them to a vital industry.

Where Do Aerospace Engineers Work?

There are two main sectors where aerospace engineers find employment: private industry and the government. In addition, some aerospace engineers find work in academia and engineers employed in academic positions devote most of their time to research and instructing future aerospace engineers.

In both the private industry and government, aerospace engineers work in offices, laboratories, and manufacturing facilities. Those in offices spend most of their days working with computers to design flying machines and run them through simulations. Industry-based engineers also find work at aircraft manufacturing or testing facilities as well as software development corporations. Government-employed engineers can find positions in NASA, the FAA, or the military.

How do I Become an Aerospace Engineer?

There are many different answers to the question of how to become an aerospace engineer, and they revolve around how long you want to spend in postsecondary education. We’ll break it down below.  

How Long Does it Take to be an Aerospace Engineer?

There are actually many jobs affiliated with aerospace engineering and the length of time needed to land one varies based on the kind of degree and level of expertise required. There are a few positions (such as aerospace technician) that hire workers with a 2-year associate degree. Many others require the completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree program. And at the highest level, scientist positions require job applicants to complete a master’s degree or PhD, which can take four or more years on top of a bachelor’s degree. 

Associate level

In most instances, students complete a 2-year associate degree in aerospace engineering as preparation to transfer into a 4-year bachelor’s-level program. For these students, the associate-level curriculum consists of foundational and prerequisite courses for the baccalaureate degree. These include geometry, physics, chemistry, calculus, and differential equations. 

For those looking to find employment immediately after earning their degree, an associate program also prepares students for certification as an aerospace technician. In this instance, students take classes in subjects like computer-aided design, arc welding, technical mathematics, and electronics assembly. 

What Do You Do as an Aerospace Technician and How Much Do You Make? 

Aerospace technicians help perform some of the physical labor at a laboratory. In the workplace, an aerospace technician assists aerospace engineers through tasks such as operating a wind tunnel, building scale models, and assembling test equipment. 

The average salary for an aerospace technician is $47,000.

Baccalaureate level

In order to become a professional aerospace engineer, a 4-year bachelor’s degree is a requirement. It is also at this time during undergraduate education that students choose whether to concentrate in aeronautical or astronautical fields. Baccalaureate-level courses cover numerous subjects specifically related to aerospace engineering such as aircraft structures, aerospace dynamics, propulsion, thermodynamics, avionics, and experimental space systems. In addition, bachelor’s-level students enroll in a number of advanced science and mathematics classes like computer aided design and advanced engineering mathematics.

Outside of the classroom, students at the baccalaureate level often find an internship with an aerospace-related industry to gain professional experience and a sense of what everyday life as an aerospace engineer looks like. At many colleges, these four years of undergrad culminate in a comprehensive project revolving around designing or completing an aircraft or spacecraft.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering?

A 4-year bachelor’s degree enables you to find employment as an aerospace engineer. In addition, the baccalaureate degree opens the door to other scientific jobs such as: Aircraft Designer, Spacecraft Designer, Military Aerospace Engineer, Compliance Officer, Data Processing Manager, and Payload Specialist.

How Much Do Aerospace Engineers Make?

An entry level average salary for an Aerospace Engineer is $69,000. 

 

As for the other jobs available with a bachelor’s degree, the average salaries range from $67,000 (Compliance Officer) and $74,000 (Military Aerospace Engineer) on the low end to $98,000 (Aircraft Designer) on the high end.

Graduate level

Earning a master’s degree in a field like aerospace engineering opens up job opportunities in positions that require more advanced education and skills. In addition, it provides students with more opportunities to network with professionals in the field. There are a few ways students can obtain a master’s degree in aerospace engineering. 

Grad students can opt to pursue either a thesis or non-thesis related track. In both instances, the aerospace engineering grad school experience consists mostly of lectures and lab work. The primary difference is going to be completion time: in a non-thesis track, the MA in aerospace engineering can be completed in as little as one year of independent study. 

On the other hand, the thesis track utilizes a more traditional master’s degree schedule and culminates in a capstone project. Master’s degree students pursue more advanced topics of study such as aeroelasticity, global positioning systems, aerospace theory, and space mechanics. 

For students who want to dig into the research aspect of the field, several schools offer a PhD in aerospace engineering. A PhD program involves intense lab work, independent study, and the opportunity to assist an aerospace professor for a semester. Every PhD student is required to put together a thesis and defend it before a faculty panel in order to earn their doctorate. In addition, all PhD students must pass a comprehensive skills examination to determine their knowledge of the aerospace engineering field.

What Can I Do with a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering?

In addition to becoming an aerospace engineer, a master’s degree provides the opportunity to pursue several other career fields such as: Mechanical Engineer, Industrial Engineer, Computer Hardware Engineer, Engineering Manager, Materials Engineer, and Manufacturing Systems Engineer.

Average salaries for these jobs range from $85,000 (Mechanical Engineer) and $103,000 (Computer Hardware Engineer) to a high of $137,000 (Engineering Manager).

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Auburn University
Auburn University, AL
Auburn University

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Johns Hopkins University

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University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Rice University

Originally founded as the William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science, and Art, Rice University is a 4-year private institution in Houston. Rice encompasses six colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over...

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Most professors teach well, and expect students to attend lectures and read the assigned material, which leads to good retention of information. Unfortunately, the workload can be somewhat heavy at times, depending on classes taken.

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University of California-San Diego

Founded in 1960, the University of California of San Diego is a research institution located in La Jolla, CA. The 1,200 coastal woodland campus along the Pacific Ocean is home to six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, 5 graduate and...

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, more commonly referred to as MIT, is a private research university that focuses on scientific and technological research. Located on 166 acres of land in Cambridge, MA, MIT maintains five schools hosting 30...

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Rutgers University-New Brunswick

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University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

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University of Kansas

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Iowa State University

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The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

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North Carolina State University at Raleigh

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West Virginia University
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University of Colorado Boulder

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University of Nevada-Las Vegas

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San Jose State University

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University at Buffalo - SUNY

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach

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Kent State University at Kent

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At Kent I am able to challenge myself at whatever level I choose. Academically for my major, I learn a fair amount, and on top of that there are thousands of other courses I can take that are not mandatory, but just great learning experiences. With...

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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If you've looked into RPI as your prospective university you know of its academic merit but that merit is tied to the expectation of your academic dedication and excellence. The professors will expect a lot from you but if you put in the effort they...

” – Diana from Lauderhill, FL
Case Western Reserve University

Founded by the merger of Western Reserve University and Case School of Applied Science, Case Western Reserve University is a 4-year private research institution in Cleveland. Case Western features nine schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 95...

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CWRU has a rigorous schedule especially for engineer and science majors. The university has no restrictive policy on taking course work in outer colleges (a student in the engineering school could take a arts and science course). The professors are...

” – PF from Cleveland, OH
Mississippi State University

Originally founded as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi, Mississippi State University is a 4-year public university in eastern Mississippi. MSU is home to eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees...

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This school involves so much more beyond the classroom. You learn not only what your intended major requires but you also learn valuable life skills. Furthermore, you learn to react with a variety of different people and races which will also help...

” – Marco from Mississippi State, MS
Western Michigan University

Established in 1903, Western Michigan University is a four-year public university in Kalamazoo. WMU is home to eight colleges and schools as well as Lee Honors College—the oldest honors college in the nation. Unique to Western, WMU Signature...

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I receive great teaching from professors that love what they do. They come into the lecture halls ready to give their all to the students. I am able to speak with my professors and get all they help that I need. I have a blocked schedule for my...

” – Janae from Redford, MI
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

Oklahoma State University is a public institution with university establishments in all 77 of Oklahoma’s counties. The school is a designated land-grant university and one of six US universities with a designated sun-grant. OSU's campus is home to...

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While classes can be big at any University, Oklahoma State is freshman friendly. As a freshman, you're bound to have some classes getting as big as 300 students and as small as 10-25, but despite the large difference, every single one of my...

” – Adam from Tulsa, OK
United States Air Force Academy

The United States Air Force Academy is a military training institution in central Colorado and the youngest of five American service academies. USAFA confers bachelor’s degrees in 31 academic majors and all students are expected to complete a core...

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seriously, USAFA has one of the toughest academic schedules anywhere, so you get one of the best educations anywhere! its supposed to be the 7th best school in the nation.

” – Ismael from U S A F Academy, CO
California State University-Long Beach

California State University-Long Beach is a public institution and the most applied-to campus in the 23 campus CSU system. The university is home to eight schools, with a majority of students attending the College of Business and the College of...

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Most of the professors I have had are genuinely interested in seeing you succeed and pass their class while enjoying it! The more professors interact with classes and strive to make it bearable through lectures, the more you'll find yourself...

” – Kim from Bella Vista, CA
Southern New Hampshire University

Originally conceived as a school of accounting and secretarial science, Southern New Hampshire University has grown to become a 4-year private university. SNHU confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 150 academic majors available both on campus and...

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southern new hampshire univeristy online programs are easy to follow. the classes are set up well and the teachers are excellent. the staff in the book store and one stop are very helpful as well.

” – Ashley from Lexington Park, MD
Utah State University

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is a 4-year public university in northern Utah and the oldest residential campus in the state. Utah State is home to eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. Additionally, the College of...

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I am loving my classes here! One of my classes is kind of confusing, but I am still learning a lot. The professors here really know how to teach and still keep the subject interesting. I actually enjoy going to my classes!

” – Julie from Morgan Hill, CA
University of Dayton

Founded by Marianist priests in 1850, The University of Dayton is a Roman Catholic university and the second largest private school in Ohio. Dayton is home to schools of Law, Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, and Education...

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Classes are hands on, and in my opinion, experience is the best teacher.

” – Jessica from Columbus, OH
Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Tech is home to the serious seekers, the relentlessly curious, bold and driven scholars who learn best by doing. Our hands-on approach to education includes a cooperative education program, field research projects, capstone experiences...

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Florida Tech is absolutely amazing in creating an environment where you learn the way it's most effective for you. Your professors will be top-notch, but also they make a point to provide more than enough research and internship opportunities on and...

” – Genevieve from Brookline, NH
The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a world-class university of established excellence providing the tools and guidance necessary to succeed in a globally competitive world. Here, it’s students first, excellence always. Classified as a Carnegie R...

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Yes this school has some very knowledgable professors, if you have to take General Psychology or History 1 I would highly recommend Dr.Cox and Dr.Cole both excellent professors. But there are some professors who will simply waste your time and do not...

” – Samantha from Plano, TX
Saint Louis University

Founded by Jesuits in 1818, Saint Louis University is a private research institution and one of the oldest Catholic universities in the United States. SLU is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate and graduate degrees. For students...

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After one semester in my classes at Saint Louis University, I can practically run circles around my old high school friends academically. The classes here are very challenging but great for anyone who truly desires a quality education. It takes...

” – Evan from Brighton, IL
Illinois Institute of Technology

Created by the merger of Lewis Institute and Armour Institute, The Illinois Institute of Technology is a scientific and technical research institution in Chicago. IIT hosts eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 40 fields...

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Students that attend IIT go to study and become future leaders, not to fool around or party. I am currently learning so much from the architecture program. The professors are practicing architects and although I just ended my first semester, I feel...

” – Christian from Elgin, IL
Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University is a 4-year private school and an Historically Black College and University in east Alabama. Tuskegee offers bachelor’s degrees in over 65 academic majors and is the only HBCU to house a fully-accredited College of Veterinary...

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I am a Chemical Engineering major and this subject is not one to play with. My classmates are constantly working hard day in and day out on design projects and lab work. The courses here are strenuous but in the end it is so rewarding. I will have...

” – Dana from CA
California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology is a 4-year private science and engineering university in Pasadena. Caltech confers undergraduate degrees in 28 scientific fields of study. In addition to classroom space, Caltech is home to several research...

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This school, being one of the top in the nation, is naturally one that is going to encourage learning, especially with its small class sizes and ability to work side-by-side the professors.

” – Addam from Garden Grove, CA
Wright State University-Main Campus

Named after Wilbur & Orville Wright, Wright State University is a 4-year public school in Dayton. Wright State features eight colleges and three schools granting degrees in 295 academic programs. In addition to classroom space, Wright State hosts the...

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Wright State has a friendly atmosphere; it is very inviting and has great ways to get involved on campus! The academic program is quickly growing and branching out in various directions, great for prospective students. These things combined make...

” – Bridget from Franklin, OH
Wichita State University

Situated at the top of a hill overlooking downtown, Wichita State University is a 4-year public research institution in Wichita. Wichita State features seven colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an Honors College and...

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I really like the classes I am taking. All of them teach me so much. The teachers try to do classwork that suits all different learners so that they all have a chance to learn. All of my teachers/ professors love answering questions that I have. I...

” – Chelsea from Wichita, KS
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

With campuses three miles apart, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the flagship campus with locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 150 academic majors and minors. In addition, the U of M is...

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If you are willing to spend the time, the professors are more than willing to help you out. Some of the classes are hard and require after class work, but in the end it's all worth it. They don't restrict you on what you can / can't take. It's up to...

” – Donald from Norwood, MN
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a school of engineering and technology in central Massachusetts. WPI grants bachelor’s degrees in 32 technical and scientific fields of study. In addition, every academic program is centered around...

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In WPI, the teachers focus on making sure the students understand what they're teaching. But students have to meet halfway and want to learn. Take classes that interests you and/or are required for your major and you'll learn so much more. WPI has...

” – Sonya from Nashua, NH
University of New South Wales (UNSW-Sydney)

The University of New South Wales is an Australian public university in the Sydney metro area. UNSW is home to nine academic faculties conferring undergraduate degrees and is a member of the Australian coalition of research universities known as...

Clarkson University

Founded in 1896, Clarkson University is a 4-year private school in northern New York State. Clarkson confers undergraduate degrees in over 60 academic fields of study. Additionally, the university hosts the SPEED program providing the opportunity to...

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Whether you are looking at Clarkson or other schools, do an overnight stay before you decide. Stay with a current student in your perspective major and go to a day of classes with them and spend the night so you can explore the campus events as well...

” – Nicole from Bergen, NY
New Mexico State University-Main Campus

Founded in 1888, New Mexico State University is a 4-year public school which sits on a 900-acre campus in south central New Mexico. NMSU is a NASA Space-Grant College and is home to the very first Honors College in New Mexico. A minority serving and...

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NMSU has a lot to offer, the textbook is very useful in that it helps understand the hands on activities done in the classroom, but the learning is not bound to that textbook it goes beyond that. the majority of instructors want to see you succeed...

” – Yvonne from Las Cruces, NM
Morehead State University

Morehead State University is a public institution situated at the base of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Morehead, Kentucky. MSU has one of only five space science programs in the nation and offers all students a chance for undergraduate...

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I have learned a lot the past few years I've been here. It has great teachers. Of course, there are a few who everyone has a problem with, but the majority will do anything to help you out with any problems. The teachers are always willing to listen...

” – Lauren from Harrodsburg, KY
The University of Alabama

Established in 1831, The University of Alabama is a four-year research institution in Tuscaloosa and the oldest and largest public university in the state. UA features 12 colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 70 fields of study...

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Coming to college you are expected to learned. Coming to the University of Alabama you love to learn. I never really wanted to learn but each teacher here has their own way of making it very interesting and fun to learn. Each teacher loves what they...

” – Lindsey from Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Alabama in Huntsville

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a public school in northern Alabama and part of the UA system. UAH is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergrad and graduate degrees in over 80 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom...

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So far so good. I start upper division nursing in the fall and everyone, from the student medical center to the admissions office, have been very helpful. The classes are scheduled well and everyone is friendly.

” – Rachael from Athens, AL
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri S&T, is a 4-year institution that was founded in 1870. The Rolla-located university houses two colleges, the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business, as well as the College of Engineering and...

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The Professors really push you to the hardest extent. They expect you to do your homework the first time and take school very seriously. However, if you finish your homework and work at it you will learn more than you expected and the way most...

” – Julie from Camdenton, MO
United States Naval Academy

The United States Naval Academy is a 4-year service academy in Maryland’s state capital of Annapolis. The academy grants bachelor’s degrees in 25 academic majors and all Navy students are classified with the rank of midshipmen during their time on...

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You will learn a moderate amount in a wide variety of subjects. Be prepared though, there is a strong engineering focus.

” – Shipmate
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offers a comprehensive collection of programs designed to position students for success in aerospace, aviation, business, security and intelligence, engineering and beyond. Its campus in Prescott, Arizona, is home...

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I am an Aeronautical Science major at the school. Since it is my freshman year I have not gotten into the meat and potatoes of the subject, but from what I have learned so far exceeded all of my expectations. All of my classes from English...

” – Sheldon from Mission Viejo, CA
Kingston University London

Located just 25 minutes from central London, Kingston University offers internationally-recognized qualifications and welcomes around 100 new students from the USA every year, with many more on Study Abroad and exchange programs. Founded in 1899, the...

Southeastern Oklahoma State University is a public, 4-year institution established on a rural, 269-acre campus in Durant. Southeastern offers nearly 80 undergraduate programs and 14 graduate programs, many of which are available to complete fully...

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The professors here are very knowledgeable. They are willing to help students outside of the classroom. The class sizes are small and give you a better one-on-one experience with the professor.

” – Bryanna from Durant, OK
West Virginia University Institute of Technology

West Virginia University Institute of Technology is a STEM-focused university and a campus of WVU in southern West Virginia. WVU Tech offers bachelor’s degrees in 34 scientific and technological majors. In addition to classroom facilities, the WVU...

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I attended WVUIT for two years. I was enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program for the first two semesters. I took just enough classes to get my feet wet and decided that engineering wasn’t the right profession for me. During that time, however...

” – Stephanie from Pinch, WV
University of Akron Main Campus

As one of Ohio’s most influential public urban research universities, the University of Akron is home to five colleges and three regional campuses in Orrville, Lakewood, Medina, Ohio. Akron offers highly ranked degree programs in engineering...

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When you look at the University of Akron staff/faculty, you find plenty of people who were in your shoes many years ago. You also find understanding and caring individuals who put 100% in their classrooms to benefit YOU. The work in each class is...

” – Brittany from Rittman, OH
Capitol Technology University

Capitol Technology University is located northeast of Washington, DC, and provides programs in engineering, business, and computer and information sciences. It is a private institution, military-friendly school, and a designated Center of Academic...

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Capitol is the honestly the best school you can come to. We have amazing professors and small class sizes so students don't feel overwhelmed by a large class and intimidating professor, everyone here wants to help you succeed. Capitol has every type...

” – Rachel from Fort Washington, MD

The Naval Postgraduate School is a graduate institution established in Monterey, California. The college is operated by the United States Armed Forces and offers master’s, doctoral, and engineer’s degree programs to DOD employees, US Armed Forces...

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide is the online hub for Embry-Riddle’s distance learning courses. Embry-Riddle Worldwide offers 16 online bachelor’s degrees in seven areas of study, which include Space, Aviation, Engineering, and Applied...

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From a military member's perspective Embry-Riddle is an excellent choice. Many times an individual must deploy or change shifts during a given semester, at Embry-Riddle instructors normally have prior military experience and are more than willing to...

” – Jay from Fort Walton Beach, FL

The Air Force Institute of Technology is a graduate institution established in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Although many of the college’s students are affiliated with the Air Force, AFIT serves students from a wide variety of backgrounds...

Concordia University-Montreal

Concordia University in Montreal is the best university in Canada under 50 years old, according to the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, and among the largest, with 50,000 students. Montreal is the number one student city in North...

University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is an institution located in the city of the same name. Founded in 1881, the redbrick university is proud of their founding mission, ‘for the advancement of learning and enoblement of life,’ which they still maintain today...

Imperial College London

Imperial is one of the world’s 10 top universities (World University Rankings 2020), in one of its most iconic cities – London, UK. With students from more than 140 countries (including a growing number of US students), and a specialist community...