Princeton Review's 2012 Top Schools for Video Game Design List

March 1, 2012 -

The Princeton Review released its third annual list of the best school to pursue an education in video game design. The latest list, the "Top Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2012," recommends a total of 50 schools. The full report on the 2012 list is available at princetonreview.com.

The list is based on the responses of various institutions to a survey Princeton Review conducted in the 2011-2012 academic year. Administrators from 150 institutions offering video game design coursework and degrees in the United States and Canada answered 50 questions about academics, faculty credentials, graduate employment and career achievements, the quality of the curriculum, and more. The list also factors in data collected from the schools on scholarships, financial aid and career opportunities.

The Princeton Review's top 10 undergraduate schools are:

  1. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  3. University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
  4. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)
  5. The Art Institute of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)
  6. Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
  7. Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, OH)
  8. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)
  9. University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
  10. Becker College (Worcester, MA)

 

The Princeton Review's top 10 graduate schools to study video game design:

  1. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  2. Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  4. University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
  5. Southern Methodist University (SMU) (Plano, TX)
  6. Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  7. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)
  8. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)
  9. Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
  10. Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)

 

The following Undergraduate Schools received honorable mentions:

  • Bradley University (Peoria, IL)
  • Champlain College (Burlington, VT)
  • Columbia College Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Ferris State University (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
  • Miami University (Oxford, OH)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ)
  • New York University/NYU POLY (New York, NY)
  • North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  • Ohio University (Athens, OH)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)
  • University of Advancing Technology (Tempe, AZ)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD)
  • The University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)
  • Vancouver Film School (Vancouver, BC)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)

 

The following Graduate Schools received honorable mentions:

  • DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
  • Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
  • New York University/NYU Poly (New York, NY)
  • Parsons - The New School for Design (New York, NY)
  • Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT)
  • The University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)

 


 
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