Becoming a Pilot Without a Degree


I’ve just graduated high school. I’m currently 18 and my GPA is 3.2083. Can I still join the ATP Flight School or will I need some sort of degree prior to becoming a pilot?


From the ATP website:

That said, we strongly recommend getting a degree first. The Major airlines prefer it to be competitive and you’ll want a backup in case flying doesn’t work out by choice or circumstance.



We recommend obtaining a degree in something or starting a degree; however, with everyone rushing to learn to fly and get to the airlines - it is a race, currently (until hiring slows down one day). I would reach out to Admissions and inquire about your GPA and possibility of attendance.