Department of Aviation

Prospective Students


War Eagle!  Our students, alumni, and faculty are passionate about aviation and we’re excited that you are considering Auburn Aviation and the Auburn Family.  Auburn Aviation is committed to operating by the principles of the Auburn Creed– honesty, service, hard work and respect – principles required by aviation professionals.

Tuition and Costs

Learn more about estimated tuition and costs at Auburn University. 

The Professional Flight degree has additional fees that are additive to the cost of tuition.  Estimated flight costs are based on national flight hour averages for each rating.  Fees shown are only estimates as individual student attendance, lesson preparation, abilities, and performance, may vary. Fees may be subject to change with fuel price fluctuations.

Non-resident students may be eligible for in-state tuition via the Southern Regional Education Board’s Academic Common Market program.

Financial Aid

Learn more about Auburn University Student Financial Services.


Incoming and current students should make themselves aware of undergraduate scholarship opportunities.  Information regarding scholarship application processes, dates, etc. is available on the university scholarship page. A list of public scholarships for aviation students is available through ALPA’s Cleared to Dream website.

Veterans' Benefits

As a land grant university, Auburn University has always had a military affiliation. Auburn’s flight education program was initially established to train civilian pilots for service in the Army Air Corps during World War II. We’re proud to be approved by the Veterans Administration under the Post-9/11 GI Bill for both academic tuition and flight training fees and the Veterans Resource Center is a great asset for veterans transitioning from military to civilian life on a college campus.

Admission for Incoming Freshmen and External Transfers

Admission to Auburn University is the first step for students who plan to pursue an aviation degree.  Admission decisions are made by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Note for incoming freshmen:  Students who have completed Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses in high school may be eligible for course credit at Auburn. The Office of the Registrar maintains listings of possible course credit for AP and IB classes.

Note for external transfers:  Students taking course work at an Alabama two- or four-year school should refer to the Alabama STARS guide for information on course selection.  A Transfer Courses by State and Institution guide is available for all transfer students.

Internal Transfers

Students interested in transferring to the aviation degree program should contact the Aviation Program Coordinator, Dr. James Birdsong, at

Camp War Eagle Orientation for Incoming Freshmen​

Camp War Eagle is Auburn's two-day orientation program for all incoming freshmen.  On the second day of Camp War Eagle, you will attend a group advising session with Department of Aviation staff to plan your fall semester schedule and sign up for classes. 

SOS Orientation for Transfer Students

All transfer students are required to attend SOS – Successfully Orienting Students, Auburn’s one-day orientation program for incoming transfer students.   SOS emphasizes university services, meeting with academic advisors, small group discussions on college student life led by upper-class student leaders, and registration for classes.

Additional Requirements for Professional Flight Students

  1. Professional Flight students need to complete the Aviation Data Form after registering for Camp War Eagle/SOS.  Questions regarding this form can be directed to the Chief Instructor Pilot, Wayne Ceynowa, at
  2. Professional Flight students must bring an original birth certificate (with the raised seal) or your current passport to Camp War Eagle/SOS. The Transportation Security Administration requires pilot schools to keep a copy on file for every student pilot.
  3. Get a Class I Medical/ Student Pilot Certificate before classes begin. In the Auburn area, you can call Dr. Richard Freemen at 334-821-4766.  Alternately, find Aviation Medical Examiners in your area.
  4. Be sure you carefully proof all information on your student pilot certificate before leaving the physician’s office. Find more information about the FAA’s medical requirements.

Last Updated: November 12, 2018