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, the predecessor of the Academy of Aeronautics, and in September 1986, the College of Aeronautics.
From 1932 through 1947, the school offered design and maintenance programs, graduating well trained technicians, many of whom went on to secure leadership positions in the aviation and aerospace industries.
From 1941 to 1945, the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics devoted its resources to the nation’s war effort. During World War II, more than 20,000 technicians were trained for the armed forces.
In fall 1964, the Academy of Aeronautics conferred Associate in Applied Science degrees for the first time, and, in 1969, the Academy was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
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. Details about the program, along with its major benefits, appear in our Catalog
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’s and associate degrees in engineering and technology, aviation and management.
In fall 2007, Vaughn opened its first residence hall with 200 beds. New improvement plans include a new cafeteria, additional degree programs and certificates, and other improvements and additions to the main campus and ATI building. This vision calls for 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.
What separates Vaughn College from other institutions is our uniquely committed faculty who come to the classroom with extensive experience in such fields as engineering, manufacturing, aviation, management and communications. Working closely with the industries we serve, Vaughn has developed rigorous curricula that incorporate the latest technology as well as the knowledge you need to succeed in your chosen profession.
We provide traditional degrees as well as professional, technical and certification programs that prepare our graduates for successful careers. Most importantly, a degree from Vaughn College provides the critical, analytical and communication skills that form the foundation for a lifetime of success. Our graduates have gone on to become leaders in many major industries. More than 88 percent of our graduates are employed or continue their education, 75 percent in their field of study, within one year of graduation.
To change the world one student at a time with a transformational education that creates a lifetime of opportunity.
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology is dedicated to providing a dynamic learning environment built on our aeronautical heritage that inspires a diverse and committed community of students to achieve success as leaders in the industries we serve.
- Demonstrate Integrity: We pursue our mission following the highest standards of excellence, ethics and mutual trust, and expect everyone to be accountable for their decisions and actions.
- Embrace Diversity: By respecting diversity in all its dimensions, we foster a community that invites and is inclusive of everyone.
- Practice Collaboration: Our culture is driven by a commitment to shared governance, teamwork, communication and collaboration within the institution and in partnership with outside entities.
- Achieve Impact: We are dedicated to providing students an educational experience that will transform their lives and to creating a learning environment for trustees, faculty and staff that nurtures a passion for student success.
- Choose Courage: Leveraging our pioneering aeronautical heritage, we choose to be bold in our decision-making, challenge the status quo, and generate opportunity for future generations.
Programs we offer
- BS Computer Engineering
- BS Electrical Engineering
- BS Electronic Engineering Technology: Avionics
- BS Electronic Engineering Technology: General
- BS Mechanical Engineering
- BS Mechanical Engineering Technology: Aeronautical Option
- BS Mechanical Engineering Technology: Computer-Aided Design Option
- BS Mechatronic Engineering
- AAS Aeronautical Engineering Technology (Pre-Engineering)
- AAS Animation and Digital Technologies
- AAS Electronic Engineering Technology: Avionics
- BS Airline Management
- BS Airport Management
- BS General Management
- AAS Airport Management
- BS Aeronautical Sciences
- BS Aircraft Operations (Flight)
- BS Aviation Maintenance
- BS Aviation Maintenance Management
- AAS Aircraft Operations
- AAS Aviation Maintenance
- AOS Aviation Maintenance – Airframe and Powerplant certification program
- MS Airport Management
- MBA Aviation Management
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English as a Second Language Program and Services
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International Student Housing Options
As you’re making your college decisions, you’re also probably deciding where you’re going to live. Choosing to live in a residence hall can help ease the transition to life on your own and help you make new connections to your peers. You can also take advantage of all that New York City has to offer.
Consider becoming part of the Vaughn College residential community. Unlike off-campus living, the residence hall provides you with a unique living environment where all of your neighbors are students just like you. It’s a place to form bonds with people with whom you will be sharing memorable experiences. More importantly, it is a place to foster relationships with the people you’ll consider your best friends for the rest of your life.
Vaughn students who live in the residence all enjoy (almost) all the comforts of home―and more. To keep our residence hall comfortable for all, students who live here must follow our policies and procedures.
Does the prospect of living on campus appeal to you? Living in the residence hall gives you a full college experience. And what better way to experience college than in one of the greatest cities in the world―just minutes away from some of the world’s most well-known airports and airlines?
Features of the Vaughn College Residence Hall
We developed our residence hall to meet the needs of all students, which include a space to cook and eat, places to study or relax with friends, and conveniently located rooms to do laundry. Our facility includes:
A fully-equipped kitchen you can use virtually any time
A dining hall that’s open on weekdays and weekends. A variety of meal plan options are available.
Two laundry rooms, which makes washing and drying your own clothes another opportunity to hang out with friends.
Three student lounges―one on each floor.
Students living in the residence hall also have full access to a number of amenities to stay fit, study in a comfortable environment and mingle with other classmates.
All Vaughn students also have access to our:
West Wing Cafeteria. Open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed on Sundays.
Fitness center with weight training and cardiovascular equipment, as well as Nautilus equipment and treadmill. It should be noted that students who wish to utilize the fitness center must sign the Vaughn College fitness center waiver and release agreement as well as have a fitness sticker placed on the back of the student ID cards.
Student lounge, plenty of comfortable seating and places to hang out and catch up with friends.
On/Off campus availability, nature of the housing, transportation if relevant, costs, etc.
On campus Residence Hall rates and Fees
Single $6, 684.50 per semester
Double $5,440 per semester
Triple Room* $4,780 per semester
Quad Room* $4,620 per semester
We have a collaborative arrangement with a university in China, with nearly 200 students participating. These students complete a block of instruction at their home institution and transfer to Vaughn after their third year. After attending Vaughn for 16 months, they can sit for examinations and certifying them as Federal Aviation Administration airframe and powerplant aircraft maintenance technicians. They also graduate with a BS in Aviation Maintenance Management. Graduates from this program have gone on and been offered key positions in China at airlines and aircraft manufacturing facilities.
First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students
In general, bachelor of science (BS) degree applicants should have an SAT of 1050 (combined critical reading and math) or higher and GPA of 80 or higher. Our associate in applied sciences programs have an open admissions policy. The student must have high school diploma or equivalent.
Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted by all applicants from countries where English is not the official language of instruction. A minimum score of 550 on the paper exam is required for admission consideration; 213 on the computer-based format; or 80 on the Internet-based format. Students who fall below this range will be required to complete an intensive English-language program.
Although there are admissions requirements, the college evaluates each applicant on an individual basis.
Vaughn College does NOT offer financial aid to international students.
The Vaughn College student population is comprised of a diverse group of students that includes international students from nearly 30 nations. International Student Services administers a wide variety of services to the international community of Vaughn College. A global community makes for a more diverse and thought-provoking student body. At Vaughn College, we prepare students from all walks of life―and from all corners of the globe―for careers in aviation, engineering and technology and management. We openly welcome international students to campus each year.
Vaughn continually invests in their students’ success. A recent $45 million campus investment project yielded first-rate facilities, high-tech classrooms and labs, an amazing library and a brand new student success center. Our 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio and our futureproof degree programs set Vaughn apart from other institutions. Did you know that 88 percent of Vaughn graduates, 75 percent in their chosen field, are employed or continue their education within one year? Our record speaks for itself. Are you ready to experience Vaughn for yourself.
Student Activities and Campus Life
Vaughn College’s student life offers an academically stimulating environment with both on-campus and off-campus activities that allow you to pursue your interests beyond classroom learning.
Join a club or professional association, build relationships with friends and form network connections in professional organizations, try new activities and explore new areas of engineering and technology, management and aviation. It is our goal to foster the development of positive relationships through organizations that enable personal and professional growth in a welcoming and dynamic campus environment.
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