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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

●     Value

●     Campus Life

●     Fleet

●     Facilities/Location

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 CampusPurdue UniversityUniversity of North DakotaWestern 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. 

Elizabeth City State UniversityUtah Valley UniversityIowa Lakes Community College

The remaining schools in the U.S. are still strong options. Here’s where they ranked in FLYING‘s assessment. 

School Name PointsKent State University40Lewis University40Ohio State University40Oklahoma State University40Southeastern Oklahoma University40Big Bend Community College40California Aeronautical University39Delta State University39Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University39Institute of Aviation-Parkland College39Liberty University39Middle Tennessee State University39University of Cincinnati39University of Nebraska39Lehigh-Carbon Community College39Auburn University School of Aviation38Florida Memorial University38Indiana State University38Mt. San Antonio College38Henderson State University38Cochise College37Jacksonville University37Minnesota State University-Mankato37San Diego Christian College37Southern Illinois University37Texas State Technical College37University of Maryland-Eastern Shore37University of Central Missouri37Aviator College of Aeronautical Science and Technology37Baylor University36California Baptist University36Colorado Northwestern Community College36Delaware State University36LeTourneau University36Metropolitan State University of Denver36Miami Dade College36Parkland College36San Jose State University36University of Dubuque36Utah State University36Louisiana Tech36Middle Georgia State University36South Dakota State University36Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College36Moody Bible Institute36Sinclair Community College36Arizona State University35Bowling Green State University35Ohio University35Orange Coast College35Saint Louis University35Clover Park Technical College35Community College of Baltimore County35Eastern Kentucky University35Gallatin State College of Montana State University35Gateway Technical College35Green River College35Lane Community College35Ozarka College35Farmingdale State College34Mercer County Community College34Southern Utah University34Andrews University34Community College of Allegheny County34Community College of Beaver County34Eastern Michigan University34Florida State College-Jacksonville34Lake Superior College34Vincennes University34Averett University33Fox Valley Technical College33Quincy University33Texas Southern University33Northwestern Michigan College33Tulsa Community College33University of Alaska- Anchorage33Florida Institute of Technology32Hampton University32Polk State College32Western Colorado Community College32Rocky Mountain College32Vermont Technical College32Bridgewater State University31Lynn University31Southwestern Illinois College31Vaughn College31Central Washington College31Hesston College31William Jessup University31Academy College30Eastern Mennonite University30

To see a detailed view of each school, visit FLYING’s Flight School Guide.

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