Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology: Meet the Future You

Founded in 1932, and located in New York City, Vaughn College is a private, nonprofit, four-year college that enrolls more than 1,500 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 14 to 1 ensures a highly personalized learning environment. Faculty and staff know students as individuals and work with them to enhance their college experience. Eighty-eight percent of Vaughn College graduates are placed in professional positions, 75 percent in their field of study, or choose to continue their education within one year of graduation. In recent years, outside of a pandemic, Vaughn’s outcomes for students typically average more than 95 percent and have been 99% percent 98 percent and 97 percent for the three prior years. Ninety percent of students receive some type of financial aid. The institution serves many first-generation college students and is recognized by the U.S. 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. This means Vaughn is fulfilling its mission by moving students from the bottom 40 percent to the top 40 percent in income. Vaughn has been recognized as a best regional college in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report for the twelfth year in a row.


The career development office provides year-round opportunities for on-campus recruitment, employment and internships nationwide. Recent laboratory additions include a leading-edge engineering lab that allows students to experience the application of automation technology through the use of robotic devices, a new chemistry lab and a new energy conversion and smart grid power system lab. The College’s engineering curriculum also 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.


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 vaughn.edu, email admitme@vaughn.edu or call 1-866-6VAUGHN. Visit Vaughn on Facebook at facebook.com/VaughnCollegeFB and on Instagram at instagram.com/vaughncollege or @VaughnCollege. Vaughn looks forward to meeting you and supporting your pursuit of a futureproof education.