Since 1947, the University of Oklahoma has offered top tier aviation and engineering education. OU’s Department of Aviation offers four degree concentrations: Professional Pilot, Aviation Management (Flying and Non-Flying), and Air Traffic Management (first program in the nation). These programs are all accredited by the national and international Aviation Accreditation Board International. OU’s programs include an FAA approved Part 141 and Part 61 Flight School and FAA Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative. The Aviation program has strong partnerships with the National Weather Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Federal Aviation Administration, American Airlines, Envoy Air, Jet Blue, and FedEx. The institution also offers engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the following areas: aerospace and mechanical, computer science, data science and analytics, electrical and computer, industrial and systems. These programs are all accredited by the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The institution has a 50-year history of successfully managing technical training contracts and related research grants for the federal government. OU owns and operates the Max Westheimer Airport located on OU’s north research campus.

ERAU is the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace degree programs. These programs are all accredited by the by the national and international Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). With two residential campuses and a worldwide presence encompassing over 130 online and remote educational sites, ERAU is focused on STEM research and partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities, and government agencies. The institution’s aerospace engineering graduate program has been ranked No. 1 nationally. ERAU has 94 instructional aircraft and 41 flight simulators. ERAU operates the FAA’s NextGen Test Bed, an agile research and integration facility designed to allow government, industry, and academia to showcase their ideas and technologies in a NextGen National Airspace System environment. ERAU is currently a core institution partner of the FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and previously served as lead of the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research.

Wichita State University has operated the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) since 1985, the most capable university-based aviation research center in the U.S. WSU provides research, design, testing, certification and training to the aviation manufacturing industry, government agencies, educational entities and other clients. NIAR operates on a non-profit budget that has steadily increased to more than $46 million. Clients include Boeing, Bombardier Learjet, Cessna, Beechcraft and Spirit Aerosystems. The institution offers engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the following areas: aerospace, biomedical, electrical and computer, industrial, systems, and manufacturing and mechanical. These programs are all accredited by the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. NIAR is also home to the FAA Center of Excellence for Composites and Advanced Materials (CECAM) and the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance (NCAMP), which is funded through the FAA and Air Force Research Laboratory. WSU is also currently a core institution partner of the FAA Center of Excellence for UAS Research.

Since 1941, Auburn University has been actively involved in aviation education and is considered a leader in aviation research. The Harbert College of Business offers two aviation-related degree programs: Aviation Management and Professional Flight Management. These programs are all accredited by the national and international Aviation Accreditation Board International. Included in the Auburn Aviation Center is the FAA approved Part 141 and Part 61 Flight School that offers pilot training from Private Pilot through Flight Instructor. The institution also offers engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the following areas: aerospace, computer science and software, electrical and computer, industrial and systems and mechanical. These programs are all accredited by the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Auburn is currently an affiliate academic partner of the FAA Center of Excellence for UAS Research.

Since its founding in 1891, Drexel University has emphasized its strengths in engineering, science and technology undergraduate and graduate degree programs. These programs are all accredited by the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Drexel offers extensive published research in human-computer interaction, modeling and simulation, and other safety and human factors topics. Among other initiatives, faculty have worked to characterize ATC judgment and decision making with respect to conflict detection. Through a $12.5 million grant from the Department of Defense, Drexel also established the Applied Communications and Information Network (ACIN) Center. In addition, Drexel was re-designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. The college's $35 million Bossone Research Enterprise Center is home to facilities in nanotechnology, information networking and smart infrastructures. Drexel is currently a core institution partner of the FAA Center of Excellence for UAS Research.

The InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico School of Aeronautics offers two degree programs: Aircraft Systems Management (Professional Pilot) and Aviation Management. A Commercial Pilot minor is offered to all university students and an Air Traffic Control minor is also available for students. These programs are all accredited by the national and international Aviation Accreditation Board International. These programs include an FAA approved Part 141 Flight School for Private Single Engine Airplane Pilot, Commercial Single Engine Pilot, and Instrument Airplane rating. In addition, FAA approved Part 61 certifications include Multi-engine Airplane, Instructor Airplane, Instrument Instructor Airplane, Multi Engine Instructor, Flight Review for Single Engine, Flight for Completion of Wings Program, Maintaining Instrument Rating Flight Experience, Recent Flight Experience for Pilot in Command, Instrument Flight Proficiency Check, Airline Transition Training Experience and ATP Certificates Training.

Oklahoma State University’s School of Aeronautics offers five undergraduate degree options: Professional Pilot, Aviation Management, Technical Services Management, Aerospace Security, and Aerospace Logistics. Graduate degree options also include a Master of Science in Aviation and Space and a Doctor of Education in Aviation and Space. These programs are all accredited by the national and international Aviation Accreditation Board International. OSU’s programs include both FAA approved Part 141 and Part 61 flight training programs. The institution also offers engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the following areas: aerospace, computer, electrical, industrial and mechanical. These programs are all accredited by the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. OSU is also home to the Oklahoma Aerospace Education Research Symposium and NASA Johnson Space Center Strategic Education Alliance Program.

Since 1917, the Ohio State University has offered leading aviation and engineering degree programs. These programs are all accredited by the by the national and international Aviation Accreditation Board International and the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The OSU Center of Aviation Studies incorporates engineering, business, and behavioral philosophies into a multi-disciplinary approach to the many components of the aviation industry. It supports world class flight education programs, academic degree programs, research initiatives, and outreach activities on local, regional, national, and international levels. OSU also owns and operates the Ohio State's Don Scott Field airport, which first opened in 1942. The institution has partnered with Cape Air’s Collegiate Gateway Program and NetJets to support general aviation research and education. OSU is currently a core institution partner of the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation and FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Purdue’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, one of six departments and schools in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, is recognized worldwide as a leader in aviation education. Since 1930, Purdue has offered world-class aviation and engineering educational programs: aeronautical engineering technology, aerospace financial analysis, airline management and operations, airport management and operations, aviation management, professional flight, and unmanned aerial systems. These programs are all accredited by the by the national and international Aviation Accreditation Board International and the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Purdue also owns its local airport, Fixed Base Operator, and large fleet, including Cirrus, Piper, and Embraer aircraft. The institution also houses an Aviation Materials Lab, Dynamic Flight Lab, Engine Test Cells, and Hanger of the Future Lab. Purdue leads the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation and is a core institution partner of the FAA Joint Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials and the FAA Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment.

Tennessee State University has offered engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees since 1967. TSU degree areas include: aeronautical and industrial, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical and manufacturing. These programs are all accredited by the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The institution also operates an NSF-funded Interdisciplinary Graduate Engineering Research (TIGER) Institute, a graduate level research facility within the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science. TSU graduates the largest number of African American engineers in the state of Tennessee. Defense organizations like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and branches of the military often collaborate with TSU in conducting research and offering internship and employment opportunities to TSU students.

Since 1992, the Aviation Center at Tulsa Community College has offered degree programs in Air Traffic Control, Professional Pilot, Aviation Management and Aviation Logistics. These programs are all accredited by the national and international Aviation Accreditation Board International. Included in the program is the FAA approved Part 141 and Part 61 Flight School.

Since 1913, the University of Akron has offered undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering. Akron degree areas include: aerospace systems, computer, electrical, and mechanical. These programs are all accredited by the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Akron is home to one of the oldest traditional co-op programs in the country in which students gain valuable, practical work experience in between periods of rigorous academic coursework. The co-op program successfully maintains and establishes relationships in private industry and with government agencies all over Ohio and around the United States.

Since 1990, the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Aviation Institute has offered degree programs in Aviation Studies, Air Transport Administration, and Professional Flight. Graduate degree programs are also offered at the master’s and doctoral level in Aviation Administration. These programs are all accredited by the national and international Aviation Accreditation Board International. UNO’s programs include both FAA approved Part 141 and Part 61 flight training programs. The institution also offers engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the following areas: computer, software, electrical, and mechanical. These programs are all accredited by the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The intuition also manages the NASA Nebraska Space Grant and NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program.

Since 1968, the University of North Dakota has offered atmospheric research and aviation education programs. The John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is now the second largest of UND’s degree-granting colleges, and operates one of the largest fleets of civilian flight training in North America. This world-renowned center for aerospace learning is nationally acclaimed for its achievements in collegiate aviation education, atmospheric research, space studies, and earth system science and policy research. Degrees include: airport management, aviation management, air traffic control, aviation technology management, commercial aviation (fixed-wing and helicopter), flight education, UAS operations, business aviation, and safety. These programs are all accredited by the national and international Aviation Accreditation Board International. The Aerospace program has strong partnerships with Endeavor Air, Envoy Air, ExpressJet, JetBlue, and SkyWest. The institution also offers engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the following areas: computer science, electrical, and mechanical. These programs are all accredited by the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. UND is currently a core institution partner of the FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has offered undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees since the early 1900s, which has grown to include computer engineering, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, and industrial engineering. These programs are all accredited by the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. UWM has a fleet of 36 aircraft and is home to the Flight Simulation Research Laboratory, a custom-built advanced aviation training device (AATD) with advanced weather simulation in support of full-mission and part-task, scenario-based training. The FAA's Human Factors Division has also funded projects through UW's Space Science and Engineering Center.

Since 1942, Western Michigan University has offered aviation and engineering education. These programs are all accredited by the by the national and international Aviation Accreditation Board International and the national Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The College of Aviation offers the only comprehensive aviation program at a public university in Michigan, and with nearly 900 undergraduate students, is one of the largest aviation programs in the nation. WMU has extensive research and publication history in the fields of aviation human factors, safety training, flight training, and electronic training and simulation applications. WMU is currently an affiliate academic partner of the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation.