List of Top Radio Broadcasting Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Broadcast journalism and communications programs generally offer radio broadcast training. Students often staff on-campus radio stations in addition to completing writing, reporting and media studies. Find out about rankings, program and degree offerings and other distinctive details for the top radio-broadcasting schools across the country.

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The best programs in radio broadcasting provide students with hands-on experiences that can be used in the job market. Two of the top schools with radio broadcasting programs are the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of Central Florida (UCF). UCF offers a bachelor's degree program, and USC has degree offerings at the bachelor's and master's levels. Continue reading for more details.

Top Radio Broadcasting Schools

1. The University of Southern California in Los Angeles

The University of Southern California (USC) ranked #23 among national universities by U.S. News and World Report in 2011. The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has bachelor's and master's degree programs in broadcast journalism. This emphasis features courses in radio news writing, reporting and production. Students gain broadcast experience by working at the campus radio station, KCSR. Admission to the Annenberg School at USC is highly competitive.

2. University of Central Florida in Orlando

The university's Nicholson School of Communication offers a Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television. The radio and television program requires specialization in a broadcast journalism, production or generalist track. Students learn to use radio equipment and practice radio broadcasting by managing WNSC, the campus radio station. The program features a $14 million state-of-the-art communications building designed with a media studio equipped with digital and analog technology.

List of Good Radio Broadcasting Schools in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
California State University - Fullerton University's internet radio station, Titan Radio, reaches audiences worldwide, and the student DJs choose the format for their shows Fullerton, CA
Emerson College University's radio station, WERS, won News Station of the Year and 11 other Associated Press (AP) student awards for news programming in 2014 Boston, MA
Hofstra University Princeton Review named Radio Hofstra University 5th among the nation's best college radio stations for 2014; finalist for the National Association of Broadcasters' 2014 non-commercial station of the year Hempstead, NY
New York University University's award-winning radio station, WNYU, produces news magazine shows every week covering science, the arts and current events New York, NY
Northwestern University University's WNUR 89.3 FM can reach an audience of up to 3 million people Evanston, IL
Lewis University Radio broadcasting students begin getting hands-on experience as entering freshman Romeoville, IL
San Diego State University KCR radio, the university's student-run station, has been broadcasting since 1969, and programming can currently be heard online, on digital cable channels and through a radio app San Diego, CA
University of Florida Students can contribute to the university's four radio stations, including an internet rock station and the sports station ESPN 850 Gainesville, FL
University of Georgia University's WUOG 90.5 FM exclusively plays music by local, indie and other artists not currently featured on commercial radio Athens, GA
Washington State University Broadcasting students participate in internships in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and Chicago Pullman, WA
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