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Aviation – Professional Pilot Program

Application and Acceptance Procedure

*The Fall 2021 Professional Pilot Class has been selected and applications for Fall 2021 are no longer being considered. Applications for Fall of 2022 are now being accepted and will close on March 1, 2022!*

Step 1: Apply to Southeastern Oklahoma State University (www.se.edu/apply/) and provide previous institutional transcripts and SAT/ACT scores, as required.
Step 2: Receive Admission confirmation from Southeastern.
Step 3: Make an appointment with an FAA Medical Examiner to obtain an FAA Class 1 Medical Exam (www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/).
Step 4: Write a minimum 1 page essay indicating why you want to be a professional pilot and why you want to be a part of our program.
Step 5: Have someone who knows you write a recommendation letter on your behalf (multiple letters are welcome).
Step 6: Complete the Aviation Professional Pilot application (PDF) and submit it to aviationadvising@se.edu along with your essay and letter(s) of recommendation.

Professional Pilot Flight Program Costs

Start the Aviation Application (PDF)

Factors Affecting Acceptance into the Professional Pilot program

Southeastern is interested in creating the highest quality aviation education possible for its students.  We are most interested in accepting students who have the highest aptitude and the highest chances of succeeding in the aviation industry as a professional pilot.  While having piloting experience is not necessarily a requirement indicating success, it certainly has some weight.  Other factors also include a student’s character and their leadership skills from high school or a job.  Our job is to turn our students into successful and competent pilots!  We use an evaluation grid to objectively evaluate students in comparison to other applicants.  The following represents some of the factors which might result in getting the highest probability of program acceptance:

  • Students must be admitted to Southeastern for consideration in the professional Pilot program.
  • Students who are in our Honors and President’s Leadership Class programs may receive a higher score.
  • Students who have shown leadership skills in high school, scouts, or other organizations may receive a higher score.
  • Students who have high ACT or SAT scores may receive a higher score.
  • Students who already have an FAA First Class Medical will receive a higher score.
  • Students who have some pilot experience will receive a higher score.
  • Students who have already completed their Private Pilot certificate prior to applying may receive a higher score.
  • Students who submit an impressive essay on why they want to be a professional pilot may receive a higher score.
  • Students who submit impressive reference letters written on their behalf may receive a higher score.