If you would like to fly helicopters, become an airline pilot or manage air equipment, attending an aviation college should be a top priority. Training to become a pilot within the expanding aviation industry is now better than ever. The following list is composed of high-ranking flight colleges to aid you in finding the flight school of your dreams.

United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs

The Air Force Academy operates as both a university and a military organization. A large portion of the academy is run as most other Air Force bases, but the cadets also partake in many college activities ranging from intercollegiate sports to guest lectures. Students are physically, militarily and academically prepared through an extensive core curriculum for a military career in aviation and science.

United States Air Force Academy 2304 Cadet Dr Suite 300 Usafa, CO, 80521 719-333-1818. usafa.af.mil

Ohio State University

The Ohio State University Department of Aviation has a longstanding tradition in research and education. Its distinctive curriculum incorporates design, business management and transportation. Students may choose from several concentrations: airport planning, inspection, dispatching, security, piloting and airport management. Students majoring in aviation may earn their degree from either the college of business, engineering or arts and sciences. The ability to personalize curriculum and a range of professional opportunities make OSU a well-rounded college experience.

The Ohio State University 403 Aviation Bldg. 164 W. 19th Ave Columbus, OH 43210 614-292-2405. aviation.osu.edu

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

The self-acclaimed "Best Aviation and Aerospace University in the World" provides a curriculum that specializes in engineering, marketing, manufacturing, management and research. There are two residential campuses: Prescott, Arizona and Daytona Beach, Florida. International online instruction spans over 130 countries within Europe, Canada, the Middle East. Embry-Riddle offers 30 undergraduate, Master's and Doctoral degree programs. Over 34,000 students enroll in Embry-Riddle each academic year, representing all 50 states and approximately 100 nations.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 600 S. Clyde Morris Boulevard Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900 1-800-862-2416. erau.edu

Purdue University

The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University emphasizes subject areas vital for the studies of design, research, development and management of the aerospace industry. Students maintain a strong background in physics, mathematics and engineering, since the curriculum highlights propulsion, dynamics and structures. The majority of program graduates work in engineering-based fields, according to Purdue University. Beyond their extensive and technology-driven courses, students gain opportunities through internships, research, independent study and study abroad.

Purdue University School of Aeronautics & Astronautics 701 W. Stadium Ave. West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045 765-494-3006. engineering.purdue.edu/AAE/

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

The University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is a world-renowned institution known for its space studies, aviation curriculum, atmospheric studies and technological applications. Students are given a foundation in liberal arts and the opportunity to earn graduate degrees ranging from system science and policy to aviation. The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks takes pride in its safety record, since students are granted a large quantity of open and untethered space.

UND Aerospace 3980 Campus Road Odegard Hall, Room 200 Grand Forks, ND 58202-9007 1-800-258-1525. aero.und.edu