(Editor’s note: Since the original publication of this post, a premier alternative to four-year schools has emerged — STAA University. If you want a sports broadcasting education that will rival any in the country but don’t have the time or money for a four year school, STAA U is worth a look.)
Three of the toughest choices you’ll make in life are your spouse, your first round fantasy football pick and where you will attend college to pursue your sports broadcasting career. I can’t help you with the first two, but I certainly can with the third.
Two things to look for when choosing where to pursue your sports broadcasting career:
- A broadcasting curriculum – even better if there is a sports broadcasting emphasis.
- A campus radio and/or TV station. You need a place to hone your skills.
There is no arguing that Syracuse University is the crème de la crème for sports broadcasting. Just ask them! (Just kidding. The program really is that good.)
In my experience with STAA, I have seen the following schools also turn out sports broadcasters who are unusually well prepared for the job market (They are in no particular order, so don’t yell at me if your school isn’t near the top of the list.) With that in mind, here’s my list.
The Top 20 sports broadcasting schools:
- Kansas University
- Ohio U.
- Arizona State
- U. of Miami (The U!. They’re as good at sportscasting as they used to be at football.)
- Kansas State
- Boston U. (especially if you want to be a hockey broadcaster)
- North Texas (Granted, things have dropped off since Bill Mercer retired)
- Penn State
- USC (Trojans, not Gamecocks)
- U. of Florida
- Ohio State
And the underdog of all schools that offer sports broadcasting? Tiny Emerson College in Boston.
Emerson lacks the national reputation of Syracuse but is just as good. The students that come out of here are studs, as is the guy who teaches them, John Rooke.
If you believe your school is worthy of being on my list of the top sports broadcasting schools, send me an email at email@example.com. I’ll evaluate your recommendation and consider adding it to a future list.