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Students interested in the aviation and aerospace industry no longer need to apply to multiple colleges and wait for acceptance, thanks to the Blue-Gold Connection. St. Johns River State College, in a partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, offers students a transfer agreement that provides a seamless transition into Embry-Riddle's bachelor's degree programs.

The Blue-Gold Connection guarantees students entry into more than 20 degree programs, aligning SJR State's Associate in Arts degree (transfer degree) with many of Embry-Riddle's programs through a personalized course transfer guide.

Eligible bachelor’s degree programs include: aeronautical science, air traffic management, applied meteorology, aviation maintenance science, business administration, civil engineering, communication, homeland security and space physics. Visit the Embry-Riddle website for more information on the programs.

Interested students should contact an SJR State academic advisor.

Orange Park (904) 276-6800
Palatka (386) 312-4035
St. Augustine (904) 808-7402

How do I sign up for the Blue-Gold Connection?

  • Contact an SJR State academic advisor
  • Complete and submit an application for admissions to the SJR State Admissions Office
  • Complete and submit a Blue-Gold Connection enrollment agreement to the SJR State Admissions Office

How is the Blue-Gold Connection different from my guaranteed admission to one of the 11 state universities?

  • The A.A. degree guarantees admission to one of the 11 state universities, but not necessarily to the university of your choice.
  • The Blue-Gold Connection starts as soon as the student identifies him or herself as a participant and avoids any last minute preparation for transfer to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Scholarship opportunities

Upon completion of an SJR State associate in arts degree or 30 college credits listed on the program of study, Blue-Gold students will be eligible for the Embry-Riddle Blue-Gold Achievement Grant of $2,000. The student must also have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of matriculation. The Embry-Riddle grant will be renewable each year if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA.