For those interested in earning a degree in aeronautical engineering (also commonly referred to as aerospace engineering), plenty of colleges and universities offer excellent programs. According to the U.S. Air Force Academy, “The aeronautical engineering profession involves the design, development, testing, manufacturing and maintenance of all atmospheric flight systems.”

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

With campuses in both Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the oldest and one of the most distinguished universities specializing in aerospace and aviation. The aerospace engineering program teaches students about aerospace design as well as theory, modern analysis, measurement, communications and computational methods.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Campus 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114 (386) 226-6000

Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology is located in the heart of Atlanta. The aeronautical engineering program provides a comprehensive education in aerodynamics, aircraft and space structures, flight and orbital mechanics, propulsion and design of aerospace systems.

Georgia Institute of Technology 270 Ferst Drive Atlanta, GA 30332 (404) 894-3000

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT is located just outside of Boston in Cambridge, Mass. All students in the program will gain knowledge of core aerospace engineering principles but must choose from one of two tracks: aerospace engineering or aerospace engineering with information technology. Even after choosing their major, students may still take courses from the other track as electives.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 77 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 253-1000

U.S. Air Force Academy

The U.S. Air Force Academy, located in Colorado Springs, Colo., is one of the most notable aeronautical engineering colleges in the United States and prepares cadets to serve in the Air Force. Unlike other colleges and universities, cadets must first complete basic training before they can enroll for the aeronautical engineering degree program. Cadets are trained in several disciplines including: aerodynamics, aircraft design, engine design, aerospace materials and structures, propulsion, flight mechanics and experimental and computational investigations.

U.S. Air Force Academy 2346 Academy Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80840 (800) 955-4438