According to the National Research Council, highly ranked schools offering degrees in meteorology or related fields include Colorado State University, UCLA, the University of Washington, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of Maryland at College Park, MIT and Pennsylvania State University. Several of these universities offer degrees in the closely related field of atmospheric sciences.
More schools that offer degrees specifically in meteorology include Iowa State University, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Purdue University, Texas A&M University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Wisconsin.
Some schools are particularly strong in the area of operational forecasting, which is the specialization of meteorology that trains on-air television and radio meteorologists. One of the top schools in this area is Pennsylvania State University, which teaches operational forecasting as a core concentration in its atmospheric sciences major, offers many forecasting classes and has a weather studio with a green screen available for students to use. Other strong operational forecasting universities include Texas A&M, which is located in Houston, a city which employs a large number of meteorologists; the University of Oklahoma, which focuses on severe weather forecasting; the University of Washington, which specializes in renewable energy and trains many wind meteorologists; and the University of Miami, which specializes in hurricane forecasting.