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Science & Engineering Profile

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology is a private four-year institution committed to providing outstanding education and career placement in the fields of engineering, technology, management, and aviation.

The College
Founded in 1932, the College, adjacent to LaGuardia Airport in New York, is a small, high-quality institution where students can experience personal attention as they progress through their academic course work. The College fosters a culture of excellence in which rigorous degree, professional, technical, and certification programs are offered. The College’s student body of more than 1,700 and its 15:1 student-faculty ratio ensure a highly personalized learning environment. More than 92% of Vaughn College graduates are placed or continue their education within one year of obtaining their degrees, and they work in 20 countries and all 50 states.

Located in New York City, the College offers numerous internship opportunities with an array of technology, manufacturing, transportation, and aviation companies. The cultural, spiritual, and physical needs of students are met by the facilities of New York City. Restaurants and museums are easily accessible, and hospitals and other medical facilities are among the best in the world.

Majors and degrees
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) is available in aeronautical or computer-aided design, aeronautical sciences, aircraft operations (flight), airline management, airport management, aviation maintenance, aviation maintenance management, electronic engineering technology—avionics or general electronics, general management, mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, and mechatronic engineering. Many courses are offered online, in the evenings, and on Saturdays.

Camila Turrieta, former President of the College’s chapter of Women in Aviation International, graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Operations (Flight). She’s targeting a career in military aviation with the Navy or Air Force once her citizenship application is complete.

“Vaughn College has helped me achieve my goals,” Turrieta says. “You’re right here in the center of the world, in New York City, and when you come here, you are not a number-—you’re a name.”

The College also awards Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in aeronautical engineering technology, aircraft operations (flight), airport management, animation and digital technologies, aviation maintenance, and electronic engineering technology—avionics. An Associate of Occupational Studies in Aviation Maintenance along with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airframe and powerplant certification is available through Vaughn’s Aviation Training Institute. Vaughn also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Airport Management.

Other non-degree programs
A non-degree course of study in air traffic control is also available. Full-time students can also complete a 12-credit program for FAA aircraft dispatch license training.

Internship opportunities
Internships are an important part of a student’s learning experience at Vaughn College, and they often lead to job offers upon graduation. The office of career services and faculty chair members arrange for internships with top U.S. corporations. As a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, the College participates with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) to place students in internships with federal agencies year-round. Some other active internships and cooperatives include the Boeing Company, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Express, Global Air Dispatch, HACU, JetBlue, Lockheed Martin, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), Northrop Grumman Corporation, Northwest Airlines, ORBIS, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Teterboro Airport.

Joseph Kamel, a 2011 Vaughn graduate, completed an eight-week internship with NASA. Working in the optical instrumentation branch of the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, he focused on wireless signal transmission for a Mars Rover-like vehicle being developed for space and Earth-bound use.

Kamel lived at the facility for seven weeks, working alongside some of the agency’s top scientists and engineers. “If you had told me [years ago] that I would have an internship at NASA, I would have said there’s no way I’d get there,” Kamel says. “Now I know I can get there.”

Academic facilities
Laboratories provide work and study environments suited to the requirements of each program. Students experience the technology they will ultimately use once employed. The College’s faculty members are committed to providing students with the knowledge and tools they are likely to find in today’s businesses, from the new mechatronics laboratory to the CATIA/NASTRAN computer center. 

The College has also made significant investments in engineering labs and expanded equipment to include critical speed investigation apparatus, a multichannel measuring amplifier, universal vibration system, and a safety vibration sensor. In addition, five on-campus flight simulators prepare students for today’s aeronautical science-related careers, along with a Garmin 1000 avionics package that is considered state of the art and used in advanced aircraft today.

Tuition costs
Full-time tuition (12–18 credits per semester) for 2015–2016 is $10,940 per semester. The part-time rate is $730 per credit. The semester fee, which covers the cost of orientation courses, Internet and computer usage, and student support services, is $400.

Residential costs
For the 2015–2016 academic year, rooms in Vaughn’s residence hall are $4,982 for a double room and $5,712 for a single room per semester. A $250 housing deposit is required.

Participation in a meal plan is mandatory for all students living in the residence hall. Meal plan options include $1,650 per semester, $1,200 per semester, or $880 per semester. Freshmen must choose either the $1,650 or $1,200 plan. Residents live in either a two-person or four-person suite with a semiprivate bath. The residence hall has laundry, study, and kitchen facilities in a common area within the building. Residence hall rooms are supplied with a bed, dresser, closet, desk, chair, and wastebasket for each student. Each room is also equipped with phone and cable TV hookups and a computer port.

Financial aid
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology offers federal, state, and institutional funds to help students pay for their education. The College awards more than 90% of students some type of financial aid. Students must first file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and, if appropriate, the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application. The College recognizes academic excellence by awarding scholarships to high-achieving students pursuing Bachelor of Science degree programs. All applicants must file the FAFSA to be eligible.

Admission requirements
High school graduates must submit a completed application; a $40 application fee; SAT or ACT scores; an official copy of their high school transcript and any college transcripts, if applicable; a copy of their high school diploma; and immunizations records. Some students may need to take a placement exam. Students who have lived in the United States for less than three years and for whom English is a second language or international applicants from countries where English is not an official language can substitute results of the TOEFL exam. Students who have completed 24 or more college credits are exempt from the SAT/ACT requirement.

Application information
The admissions office reviews applications on a rolling basis. All applicants are encouraged to file by March 1 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester to take advantage of scholarship opportunities.