MSU Named in the Top Ten Undergrad Game Schools

NEW YORK, March 12, 2013 - The Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com) -- one of the nation's best-known education services companies -- today issued its fourth annual report naming the schools with the best programs to study video game design.

The report, "Top Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2013," is based on a survey The Princeton Review conducted in 2012-13 of 150 programs at institutions in the U.S.A. and Canada offering video game design coursework and/or degrees.

On The Princeton Review's list of "Top 15" undergraduate schools to study video game design, the University of Utah is #1. The University of Southern California is #1 on the companion list of "Top 15" graduate schools. The Company gave Honorable Mention designations to 20 additional programs: 15 undergraduate and five graduate. Overall, the report salutes 50 game design programs (30 undergraduate/ 20 graduate) at 35 institutions. (Lists follow.)

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. It is available online at www.pcgamer.com, arriving on newsstands on April 2. The feature has information on the schools' degree options, class offerings, prominent professors, and alumni, plus fun facts about the school programs.

The Princeton Review's "Top 15 Undergraduate Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2013" are:

  1. University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
  2. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  3. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)
  4. Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  6. Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
  7. Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, OH)
  8. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)
  9. The Art Institute of Vancouver (Vancouver, British Columbia / CAN)
  10. Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
  11. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)
  12. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)
  13. Becker College (Worcester, MA)
  14. New England Institute of Technology (East Greenwich, RI)
  15. North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)

The Princeton Review also listed Michigan State University as an Honorable Mention for "Top Graduate Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2013."

Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's SVP/Publisher, noted the burgeoning interest among students in game design and the exceptional study options available from specialized college majors to concentrated graduate degrees. “We salute the schools on our 2013 list for their commitment to this professional field. 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 Princeton Review is also known for its annual rankings of colleges, law schools, and business schools in dozens of categories which it reports on its website and in its books including The Best 377 Colleges and The Best Value Colleges.

The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

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