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Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology: Let’s Make Your Future Work

Founded in 1932, and located in New York City, Vaughn College is a private, nonprofit, four-year college that enrolls more than 1,200 students in master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs in engineering, technology, management and aviation on its main campus in New York City and online. The student–faculty ratio of 13 to 1 ensures a highly personalized learning environment. Faculty and staff know students as individuals and work with them to enhance their college experience. Ninety-two percent of Vaughn College graduates are placed in professional positions, 76 percent in their field of study, or choose to continue their education within one year of graduation. Ninety percent of students receive some type of financial aid. The institution serves many first-generation college students and is recognized by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Vaughn College was ranked number one in upward mobility among 2,137 colleges according to a study reported in 2017 in The New York Times meaning Vaughn is fulfilling its mission by moving students from the bottom 40 percent to the top 40 percent in income.

The College was recognized in the top four percent of colleges with the highest return on investment for students from under-resourced communities by a 2022 study completed by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. And this year Vaughn was once again recognized as a top regional college in the Northeast and a top college for social mobility by U.S. News & World Report.

The career development office provides year-round opportunities for on-campus recruitment, employment and internships nationwide. The College’s engineering curriculum provides students with the understanding and application of design software such as SolidWorks and CATIA (Computer-Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application) found in a variety of industries. Additionally, Vaughn has added bachelor’s degrees in computer science and computer engineering with artificial intelligence and cybersecurity tracks.

The projected need for aviation personnel will top nearly 2.3 million over the next 20 years, according to Boeing’s Pilot and Technician Outlook 2023-2034. Staffing shortages have created an unprecedented need for aviation professionals, including pilots, air traffic controllers, aeronautical engineers, airline and airport managers and aviation maintenance technicians. Vaughn is meeting this demand by educating students through its state-of-the-art degree program offerings and providing resources and industry connections in all areas of aviation.

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology: Let’s Make Your Future Work

Vaughn’s own master’s degree in airport management is uniquely targeted to an industry that employs thousands and contributes significantly to the regional economy and Vaughn now offers a master of business administration degree in aviation management.

Vaughn houses a $1-million flight simulator laboratory that enables students to take off alongside a member of the flight faculty to complement the learning experience. Partnerships with flight training institutions enable students to pursue Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight certifications and ratings. Vaughn recently expanded the current training program with an air traffic control simulation laboratory that allows students to train on the same state-of-the-art equipment used by the FAA; and an associate of occupational studies in aviation maintenance along with FAA airframe and powerplant certification is available through Vaughn’s Aviation Training Institute.

Vaughn is also one of the only institutions in New York to offer a degree in mechatronic engineering and is one of four institutions in the country that received accreditation for the program by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

Recent graduates have pursued advanced degrees at such institutions as Columbia, Stony Brook and Texas A&M and graduates work at companies including NASA, SpaceX, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, JetBlue, Atlas Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Students also have the opportunity to engage in internships with engineering, management and aviation-related companies such as Boeing, NASA, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce. This real-world experience helps students to explore career options as well as build expertise in their field of study.

The College’s residence hall features panoramic views of Manhattan and a staff eager to assist students in taking advantage of all that New York City has to offer. An array of clubs and organizations are available to students, including the Robotics Club, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Club, American Association of Airport Executives–Student Chapter, Women in Aviation, International and the Hispanic Society of Aeronautical Engineers. Vaughn also competes in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in basketball, soccer, cross country and tennis.

Find out if Vaughn is the right institution for you. Visit, email or call 1-866-6VAUGHN. Visit Vaughn on Facebook at and on Instagram at or @VaughnCollege. Vaughn looks forward to meeting you and supporting your pursuit of a futureproof education.


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