The second you take off on your first solo flight, you’ll come to a shocking realization: YOU are the only person who can get the plane back on the ground safely. But don’t worry, you’ll be ready.
By training on the most technologically advanced simulators and the world's largest collegiate aircraft training fleet, you’ll receive a very rigorous educational experience. You’ll even be expected to take three rides in an altitude chamber to learn the symptoms of altitude and lack of oxygen.
In addition to learning everything you need to know to be a pilot, you’ll also receive a liberal arts education that will provide you with broad knowledge and essential skills such as writing, speaking and handling information. These skills will be important for your career as a professional pilot and in life.
UND’s B.S. in Aeronautics with a major in Commercial Aviation has fixed wing (airplane) and helicopter focuses.
You’ll have opportunities for internships with numerous companies in the aviation industry, including airlines and corporate flight departments.
The Department of Aviation supports several student organizations, which not only provide social engagement, but also leadership opportunities. These organizations include:
- Alpha Eta Rho
- Army Aviation Association of America
- Aviation Safety Association (ASA)
- Experimental Aviation Association (EAA)
- Flying Team (UND)
- International Pilot’s Association (IPA)
- Military Aviation Organization (MAO)
- Organization of Minority Aviation Professionals
- Student Aviation Advisory Council (SAAC)
- UND Aerobatics Team
- UND Aerospace RC
- UND Flying Club
- UND Helicopter Association
- Wilderness Pilots Association (WPA)
- Women in Aviation, International (WAI)
Put your finger on any continent of the globe and you'll probably find a UND aviation graduate there. The different careers you can hold as a pilot are incredible.
Our aggressive placement program includes thousands of alumni who serve as a valuable networking resource. UND graduates fly for every major U.S. airline, manage airports around the country, fly and manage unmanned aircraft systems, work as air traffic control specialists, and work for corporate flight departments, aircraft manufacturers, NASA and the FAA. The Department of Aviation is highly respected by the aviation industry and attributes much of its success to the quality of the program and the program's graduates.
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#MyUNDLegacy - Swayne
Meet Swayne, a Commercial Aviation major at UND. He has expanded his flying career by taking Aviation courses as well as being a part of Aviation student organizations.