Princeton review recently did a survey of top administrative officials in the educational circuit as well as big wigs in the gaming industry, and used these surveys to decide rank the game design programs of various schools. In short, Princeton Review’s survey presents a practical approach to figuring out which are the best game design colleges, because the opinions presented in the survey are the opinions of the people you would likely be working for.
It is possible you get a better education at a school that somehow slid under the rug, but remember that at the end of the day you are still working for people, and is their opinions that often matter the most. Schools with high prestige tend to be somewhat more expensive, but they will give you an edge over the competition. So with that beings said, here are the top five best game design colleges according to the Princeton Review’s survey. Although it may go without saying, each of the five schools listed below are fully accredited.
5) Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT hosts a community centered campus. The school has over 450 school clubs, over 30 varsity sports teams, a campus that consists of 168 acres, and hosts 50 colleges with over 250,000 students all across Boston. MIT offers financial aid to some students.
4) Rochester Institute of Technology: Rochester is a very large school with 1,300 acre private institution hosting over 18,000 students with over 110,000 alumni. Advantages or Rochester include access to paid internships and the Wallace library. The average yearly tuition cost is around $47,000 though students with hearing deficiencies only pay around $27,000.
3) DigiPen Institute of Technology: The primary advantage DigiPen has over its rivals on this list is that DigiPen is primarily a game development college, not an institute of technology. DigiPen is an accredited school through the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
2) University of Southern California: The USC is a good school, but very difficult to enter. It accepts one in five of its freshman applicants. Over 250 of its scholars were merit scholars last year. The average freshman entrance GPA was 3.7. You get the idea.
1) University of Utah: The University of Utah is number one on the list for a reason. This school offers a remarkable study plan that allows students the opportunity to perform field work during their education experience, and some students actually publish indie games while receiving their education.
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