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Admissions Requirements

CAU’s admissions department is more than just an administrative arm of the university.

Our caring team of admissions associates help you with more than just enrollment procedures.

It is not always easy to navigate at over 30,000 feet, but that is what we are here for. It can be intimidating coming to a new school and you may need help finding housing, transportation or even advice on program selection. Whatever you need, we can help point you in the right direction and meet our admissions requirements.

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Admissions Requirements

CAU’s Admissions Department is ready to help you smoothly navigate the enrollment process. Contact us today to schedule a personal interview with our admissions associates to find out more about CAU’s programs, financial aid and admissions requirements.

General Admissions Requirements for Undergraduate Studies

Minimal Requirements for Application

  • Must be at least 17 years of age
  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Passing score on entrance exam / SAT exam

Program-Specific Requirements

Flight Programs

  • Medical clearance from an FAA-certified examiner
  • Profile assessment
  • Drug screen
  • TSA Documentation
    • U.S. Citizens
      •  Valid, unexpired U.S. passport and copy of birth certificate
      • U.S. naturalization certificate (Form N-550 or Form N-570)
      • Certification of birth abroad (Form FS-545 or DS-1350)
      • Certificate of U.S. citizenship (Form N-560 or Form N-561)
    • Non-U.S. Citizen Flight Students
      • TSA Approval through AFSP

    General Requirements for Graduate Studies

    • Bachelor's degree in related field, from an accredited institution
    • Two letters of reference
    • Essay

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    Steps to Admission

    Meet with Admissions Department

    The first step involves meeting one-on-one with an admissions associate. If you live near the campus, this session will be at the campus where you can take a tour of the campus. If you’re initially unable to visit the campus, you’ll meet with an admissions associate through a web meeting when you can take a virtual tour of the campus. Whether in-person or over the phone, this meeting will include program details and all of your initial questions will be answered. Schedule your tour today.

    Meet with Financial Services Department

    During the next step to admission, you will meet with a member of the financial services department to learn how to pay for your education. This may include receiving an estimate cost of attendance, completing a FAFSA, determining the aid you may qualify for, and applying for scholarships. Similar to the meeting with admissions, this step may be completed either on-campus or through a web meeting.

    Start the Application Process

    After meeting with both admissions and financial services, you’re ready to begin the application for admission. There is a non-refundable application fee of $100 that must be paid before submitting the application.


    Once the admissions team receives your completed application for admission, all students will need to take an assessment and provide the following documentation:

    • Official high school transcript with proof of graduation (or GED)
    • Official college transcript, if applicable
    • Driver’s license / ID card
    • Social security card

    Additionally, students in the professional pilot programs must also submit:

    • Birth certificate
    • FAA Class 3 Medical Certificate

    To further enhance your application for admission, you may also submit:

    • Admissions essay to help us assess your qualifications. Essays should be between 500 and 750 words, and may address one of the following topics:
      • Why have you selected the degree in which you are applying?
      • Other than graduation from CAU, what goals do you have for completing your degree program?
      • What do you want to accomplish after college?
    • Resume to provide additional accomplishments and achievements.
    • Letter of recommendation from your community leaders, teachers or employers that can address areas of your background that are not always apparent in your academic record.

    Acceptance Review Meeting

    After successfully receiving the application, assessment and documentation, you’ll meet with the admissions manager during an acceptance review meeting. Completed in-person or through a web meeting, the admissions manager will determine your acceptance to the University. CAU is looking for individuals who possess good moral character and the personal qualities commensurate with the aviation professionals who would assist them in becoming gainfully employed.

    Complete Admission and Financial Aid Enrollment Paperwork

    Once you have been accepted to California Aeronautical University, you will then meet with your admissions associate to complete all of the necessary admissions forms and meet with the financial services team to complete the enrollment paperwork.

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