College sports provide a valuable sneak peek at some of the brightest talent with student-athletes preparing for great things in future careers as professional athletes. Over the years, many colleges and universities have increasingly attracted more applicants thanks to the strength and competitiveness of their sports programs. But with hundreds of great colleges to choose from, some student-athletes have a tough time making the life-changing decision of where to go. Here are 10 of the nation’s best colleges and universities based on the strength of their enduring sports programs.
Boston College – Ever To Excel
Boston College has one of the most beloved hockey programs in the nation. The BC men’s hockey program has earned five NCAA championships and 17 conference championships. Ted Crowley and Stanley Cup winner Brian Gionta are among the school’s notable hockey alumni.
Arizona State University – Burning Sun Devils
Arizona State University’s golf and basketball programs have brought home numerous NCAA championships. The women’s golf program has earned eight while the men’s basketball squad has delivered five. Iconic golfer Phil Mickelson graduated from the Tempe, AZ school in 1992.
Ohio State University – Disciplina In Civitatem
Ohio State University is arguably best known for its prolific football program, which is worth $1.5 billion. OSU also has a massive number of successful alumni, including former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
Michigan State University – Advancing Knowledge. Transforming Lives.
Since 1884, the football program at Michigan State University has been one of the most iconic in college sports. A long list of NFL stars call the school their alma mater, including Plaxico Burress and Bubba Smith.
Duke University – Blue And White
When it comes to All-American athletes, Duke is overflowing with talent from every sport. Among the school’s 306 athletes with this honor are Jeremy Cash and Jon Scheyer, who is the current assistant coach for the Duke basketball team.
Notre Dame – The Fighting Irish
Notre Dame’s football program is almost unreal. With 11 national championships and an overall 73.6% winning percentage, they’re one of the most applied-to schools in the country for high school football players.
University of Miami – Band Of The Hour
The University of Miami’s football program brought us two Heisman winners and five NFL Hall of Famers. Impressively, the gridiron isn’t the only area where athletes from this school excel. Graduates of Miami’s baseball program have made it into the College World Series 25 times.
Richard C. Lewis
Syracuse University – Down The Field
Football and basketball are usually the most popular sports at any American college. For Syracuse University, though, lacrosse has taken over the role of top sport. Their lacrosse program currently holds the record for the most NCAA Division I championships with 10.
Stephen D. Cannerelli
UNC Chapel Hill – Tar Heels
Championships come easy for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The school has 43 NCAA Division I championships to its name, including 21 in women’s soccer and six in men’s basketball.
Stanford University – Olympic-Sized Programs
With 115 NCAA championships, Stanford University is the most-decorated university out there. Stanford athletes also dominate in the Olympics. The school’s alumni have won 270 total Olympic medals, including 139 gold medals.
Jae C. Hong