Prospective first year and transfer students apply directly to UND Admissions, indicating interested major.
With current enrollment trends, new students generally will fly either the first or second semester of their first year at UND. Students interested in helicopter Commercial Aviation generally start in their first fall semester. Transfer students need a minimum of a 2.6 GPA in their transfer courses to begin flight training. Once enrolled, all students must maintain a minimum 2.6 institutional and cumulative GPA to begin their flight training and to continue taking aviation courses.
For example, students majoring in fixed-wing Commercial Aviation will spend approximately $64,000 and helicopter Commercial Aviation approximately $95,000 over the four years for the required flight labs. This is in addition to annual tuition, fees, books and materials, and room/board. Other majors require less flight training. Air Traffic Management majors have air traffic simulator lab fees. Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations majors have UAS simulator lab fees in addition to the required flight training labs. All costs are subject to change and flight training costs are based on averages.
Currently, the fleet consists of 120 aircraft, including Piper Archers, Piper Seminoles, and Robinson 44 Cadet helicopters.
Flight training costs are incorporated into a student's overall cost of education. This means that these costs can be offset by student financial aid. Generally, student loans are the primary source of funding.
Approved veterans are eligible to have flight lab costs covered. There may be limits, however.
Scholarships from the Aviation and Atmospheric Sciences Departments are available to students once enrolled. Approximately $400,000 is available each year.
Yes. Students pursuing an academic major that requires an FAA commercial certificate will need to acquire and maintain a second class medical certificate. Those targeting a career in professional flight should be eligible to acquire a first class medical certificate. Air Traffic Management majors will need to acquire the air traffic controller medical certification before being hired by the FAA.
Students possessing a private pilot certificate will not have to repeat all the flight training lessons in the private pilot course. They will, however, be placed in a "test course" lab that requires satisfactory completing seven lessons. The academic course (ground school) is still required.
There has never been a better time to pursue careers in the Aviation/Aerospace industry. The UND Aviation Department and Flight Operations has established "pathway programs" with most regional and major airlines, as well as many corporate and cargo operations. Graduates of the Air Traffic Management major will be given enhanced consideration by the FAA for hiring. UAS majors are being recruited by numerous leading companies in this ever-changing industry. Opportunities for Airport and Aviation Management majors are also significant.