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Where careers take flight

California Aeronautical University is a world-class aeronautical training center, offering aviation-related degree programs to students from around the world. 

Why choose CAU?

Tradition of Excellence

CAU is part of a group that has been educating college students in California for more than 125 years. The University's sister institution, Santa Barbara Business College, opened back in 1888.

World-Class Flight Training Center

The CAU campus is connected to an International Airport in Southern California and has an extensive flight center, on-campus dorm rooms, food services and a recreation center, with pool, gym and athletic courts.

Career Advantages

CAU students benefit from valuable career assistance, including job-placement assistance. Students in flight training programs are guaranteed the opportunity to interview for certified flight instructor positions upon graduation.

Financial Assistance

As an ACICS-accredited institution, CAU is able to offer financial aid to those who qualify. Additionally, a scholarship program is in place to help students pay for college.

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Welcome to CAU

If you’ve ever dreamed of a career in aviation whether for the thrill, the adventure, the sense of purpose and prestige, now is the time to get started. 

CAU offers a range of programs to jumpstart your career in aviation, whether as a professional pilot, aviation maintenance mechanic, flight dispatcher, or someone who specializes in aviation business. CAU programs are offered at the master’s, bachelor’s, associate's and certificate levels.

I would like to personally invite you to visit our amazing campus, or at the very least, request information to learn more about how we can help you start your career in this exciting field. 

— Matthew Johnston, President

Explore the CAU Campus

California Aeronautical University sits on an expansive tree-lined campus connected to Bakersfield International Airport at Meadows Field.

  • 39,000-square-foot flight center
  • 32 shaded hangar ports
  • 32,000-square-foot hangar
  • 168 on-campus dorm rooms
  • Recreation center with pool, gym and athletic courts
  • On-campus food services building
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