NEW: NE Tech Named Top Video Game Design School—Princeton Review
Friday, March 15, 2013
Rhode Island's tech school ranked #14 on the 4th annual ranking, and shares top 15 honors with MIT (#5), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (#12), and Becker College in Worcester, MA (#13). Champlain College in Burlington, VT, received Honorable Mention, as did Northeastern University in Boston, and Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.
Creative ideas and skills for the next generation
“We salute the schools on our 2013 list for their commitment to this professional field," said Robert Franke, Princeton Review's SVP/Publisher. "We hope our project will guide students considering careers in game design to schools best for them on our lists and on to companies at which they can apply their creative ideas and skills for the next generation of game players."
The top school in the country for Video Game Design this year is University of Utah, according to Princeton Review, filled by University of Southern California (USC) at #2 and DigiPen Institute of Technology (DIT) in Redmond, WA at #3. Rochester Institute of Technoogy (RIT) took the #4 ranking, followed by MIT.
Top Graduate Schools for Video Game Design
The report also ranked Graduate Schools--the following programs made the Top 15:
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)
Southern Methodist University (Plano, TX)
The University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)
New York University / NYU-POLY (New York, NY)
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
Parsons The New School for Design (New York, NY)
DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
How they got the rankings
The Princeton Review's 50-question survey for this project asked schools to report on a range of topics from academic offerings and faculty credentials to graduates’ employment and professional achievements. Among criteria The Princeton Review weighed to make its selections: the school curriculum, faculty, facilities, and infrastructure, plus career services, student scholarships, and financial aid.
The Princeton Review's full report on this project -- accessible at www.princetonreview.com/game-design -- includes profiles of the schools with application information and links to the school sites.
This year, The Princeton Review partnered with PC Gamer, a monthly magazine published by Future US, as its reporting partner on the project. PC Gamer has a special feature on the list in its May issue.
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