Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology: Meet the Future

Located in New York City, Vaughn College is a private, nonprofit four-year college committed to providing its students with the excellent education and skills needed to achieve professional success in engineering, technology, management and aviation. The College offers master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs and fosters a culture of excellence in rigorous degree, professional, technical, and certification programs. Significant investments in the learning environment, laboratories, degree programs and academic resources continue to enhance the value of a Vaughn degree. Vaughn’s low 15:1 student/faculty ratio ensures that students benefit from a personalized learning environment.

Vaughn’s curriculum, faculty and overall academic reputation once again earned it a place in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 survey of the best regional colleges in the North. More than 99 percent of Vaughn graduates, 89 percent in their field of study, are employed or continue their education within one year of graduation. Vaughn remains committed to providing its students with a private college experience at a highly competitive tuition rate: 90 percent of students receive some type of financial aid. 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 was also recently named a top college for your money by Money magazine.

Vaughn College is so confident that it prepares its graduates for employment that it offers the Vaughn Guarantee for those who meet certain criteria*. If an eligible student is not employed full time in their field of study one year after graduating, and conducting an active job search, Vaughn College will provide reimbursement for one year of the graduate’s federal direct undergraduate student loan payments.

A fully staffed career development office provides year-round opportunities for on-campus recruitment, employment and internships, and a new career services digital interface links students to opportunities nationwide. A leading-edge engineering lab 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 have also been added. 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 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.

A $1-million flight simulator laboratory 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 current training program includes an air traffic control simulation laboratory that allows students to train on the same state-of-the-art equipment used by the FAA and aviation maintenance training where students can obtain their airframe and powerplant certification.

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 competes in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) offering men’s and women’s basketball, men’s soccer and baseball, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s tennis.

Since its establishment in 1932, Vaughn College has met each decade’s challenges with a bold commitment to remain on the leading edge of education and technology.

Each year students take part in learning communities in which two courses are paired with the same group of students. Interesting pairings included global civilization with physics; engineering math with thermal analysis; English with developmental math; and physics for engineers with calculus for engineers. Faculty in both courses work together to provide at least three points of curriculum intersection, and students were able to see the application of concepts in both courses.

Students also have the opportunity to engage in internships with engineering, management and aviation-related companies such as United Technologies Corporation, NASA, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. This real-world experience helps students to explore career options as well as build expertise in their field of study.

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