Admission into the professional pilot option is for fall only, requires a supplemental application and is limited to 75 new students per academic year.
Flight costs are in addition to annual undergraduate tuition and fees and are subject to change.
OSU requires students to obtain at least a third-class medical certificate before getting in an aircraft. We recommend you get this before arriving on campus.
Although any class (first, second or third) of medical certificate will suffice, third-class is recommended. Generally, first-class is designed for the airline transport pilot, second-class is designed for the commercial pilot and third-class is designed for the student, recreational or private pilot. If you plan to become a professional pilot, you may consider obtaining the first-class medical certificate. Inform the Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) that the medical certificate will also serve as a student pilot certificate.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is the OSU Flight program FAA Part 141 approved?
- Is the OSU Aviation Program accredited?
What FAA certificates and ratings are required for the professional pilot degree option?
A private certificate with single engine land rating, a commercial certificate with single engine, multiengine and instrument ratings and a certified flight instructor certificate are required.
How much does the professional pilot degree option cost?
A typical total for flight costs and related fees is estimated at $54,450. This total is subject to change without notice based on the student's progression, changing fuel costs, etc. All flight costs are in addition to annual undergraduate tuition and fees. Program costs are very favorable in comparison to other collegiate flight programs. Curriculum allows some flight time to “roll forward” into the next course to meet flight time requirements, ultimately reducing total accrued flight time and related expense.
- Does OSU use a proprietary flight training curriculum?
Yes. OSU flight courses use a curriculum called the Commercial Pilot Certification Curriculum (CPCC), which has been tailored to meet the needs of a collegiate flight program. It emphasizes real-world IFR and multiengine operations, and has been strongly influenced by research conducted on the strengths and weaknesses of entry-level pilots.
Does OSU issue credit for flight training already completed?
Yes. Students who enroll in the OSU aviation program with a completed private pilot certificate receive eight credit hours through our “advanced standing” program. Students entering with a private certificate and an instrument rating are eligible for a total of 14 credit hours. Students entering the OSU program with a certificate/rating partially complete are eligible for flight hour credit towards the completion of that certificate or rating, subject to certain FAA limitations (FAR 141.77).
What do I need to know about the ATP and R-ATP designations?
Only airline pilots need an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. To help bridge the gap for aspiring airline pilots, the FAA has created an intermediate level of certificated called the Restricted Privilege ATP (R-ATP), and graduates of an FAA-approved program are eligible for it at reduced flight times. OSU is proud to have received this FAA approval to help ensure R-ATP eligibility for students.
Does OSU have a training/hiring agreement with any airlines?
Yes, we continue to cultivate professional partnerships that benefit our students, including:
- The OSU-Envoy Airlines pipeline program, which gives students early access to employment options while still pursuing their degree at OSU.
- The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) partnership and Aviation Collegiate Education (ACE) Club distinction, which gives our students direct access to major airline pilots through a formal mentorship program.
- PSA Airlines Cadet Program, which gives our students a direct path to American Airlines.
Can OSU students fly during the summer?
Yes, and they are encouraged to do so. The OSU Flight Center hours remain unchanged during the summer months and long days and predictable weather allow summer students to make rapid progress.
Can students who are not professional pilot majors earn a pilot license at OSU?
Generally, no. Only professional pilot students can take flight lab courses in order to earn a pilot's license at OSU. However, there are exceptions for those with VA benefits. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.