Vaughn College Profile

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Founded in 1932, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology is a private, four-year institution committed to providing its students with the excellent education and skills needed to achieve professional success in aeronautical, aerospace, engineering and electronic careers.  The College is adjacent to LaGuardia Airport in New York and is at the heart of east-coast aviation, where aviation is a leading employer second only to health care in the borough of Queens.

In 1932, Charles S. “Casey” Jones, a pioneer aviator and aviation company executive, foresaw the need for highly trained technicians to design, build and service aircraft and engines. George A. Vaughn, Jr., a World War I flying ace, and Lee D. Warrender, an engineer, joined with Jones in establishing the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics.

During the next two decades, Vaughn College recognized that the aviation industry required people with more advanced and specialized skills, such as knowledge of engineering, electronics and computer systems and management abilities.  In 1986, the College began offering four-year programs and changed its name to the College of Aeronautics to reflect its commitment to aviation and higher education.

In 1996, the College completely revised its curricula, resulting in nine new academic programs, including for the first time the bachelor of science and an associate degree in flight. On May 5, 1998, a state-of-the-art, 35,000- square foot addition to the building complex was completed. It includes a 65-foot observation tower, providing a spectacular view of the runways at LaGuardia Airport.

In fall 2001, the College created the Aviation Training Institute, from which the aviation maintenance certificate program is offered. It enables students to earn their airframe and powerplant (A&P) certificate in as few as 16 months.

Effective September 1, 2004, the Board of Regents of the state of New York approved the institution changing its name from the College of Aeronautics to Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. Vaughn is a four-year, private institution with bachelor and associate degrees in engineering and technology, aviation and management.

In fall 2007, Vaughn opened its first residence hall with 200 beds. Plans are also under way to include a new library, additional degree programs and other improvements to the campus. This vision calls us to provide students with an enriching experience both inside and outside the classroom. In spring 2008, Vaughn offered its first master of science in airport management—another step forward in implementing Vaughn’s strategic agenda.

Today, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology offers two and four-year degree programs as well as a master’s program in airport management, with graduates employed in 20 countries and all 50 states, serving the breadth and depth of the aviation and engineering industries.

Vaughn is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The associate in applied science (AAS) in electronic engineering technology, the associate in applied science (AAS) degree in aeronautical engineering technology and the bachelor of science (BS) degree in electronic engineering technology, as well as the bachelor of science (BS) degree in mechanical engineering technology are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Vaughn has also received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The Federal Aviation Administration certifies all five of the College’s maintenance programs under Part 147. The flight operations program is one of a limited member of educational institutions in the country selected by the Federal Aviation Administration as a Collegiate Training Institute.

The College is a vital asset to the community it maintains its commitment to serving members of special populations especially those from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, many of these whose first language is not English. The College is designated as a U.S. Department of Education, Title III-eligible institution and has also been designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).  Seventy-five percent are first-generation college students, and 87 percent qualify for some type of financial aid.

The following programs are offered:


Aircraft Dispatch

Aviation Maintenance Certificates (Airframe and Powerplant)

Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS)

Aviation Maintenance

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Aeronautical Engineering Technology

Aircraft Operations

Airport Management

Animation and Digital Technologies

Aviation Maintenance

Electronic Engineering Technology: Avionics

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Aircraft Operations

Airline Management

Airport Management

Aviation Maintenance

Aviation Maintenance Management

General Management

Electronic Engineering Technology: Avionics

Electronic Engineering Technology: General

Mechanical Engineering Technology: Aeronautical

Mechanical Engineering Technology: Computer-Aided Design

Engineering: Mechatronics

Master of Science (MS)

Airport Management


2011 Class ProfileTotal new student enrollment: 522Average GPA: 85Average SAT Score: 1038 (critical reading and mathematics)



2011 Diversity (New Student)

Black/African American: 22 percent

American Indian or Native Alaskan: 1 percent

Asian or Pacific Islander: 16 percent

Hispanic: 34 percent

White, non-Hispanic: 16 percent

Two or more races: 8 percent

Unknown: 3 percent


2011 Student Body

Fall Enrollment: 1680

Undergraduate: 1664 / Graduate: 16

Full-Time: 1217 / Part-time: 463

Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

2011 Enrollment by Gender

Female 13%

Male 87%

2011 Diversity (Undergraduate Student Body)

Black/African American: 401 / 24 percent

American Indian or Native Alaskan: 19 / 1 percent

Asian: 236 / 14 percent

Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 20 / 1 percent

Hispanic: 705 / 42 percent

White, non-Hispanic: 306 / 18 percent

Two or more races: 81 / 5 percent

Non Resident Aliens: 46 / 3 percent

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