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U of U Ranked Second for Video Game Design

Press Release

March 12, 2014

Salt Lake City — The University of Utah has been named the second-best place to study video game design for undergraduates in a project by the Princeton Review. The U ranked No. 4 for graduate studies of video games.

The University of Southern California is first on both the undergraduate and graduate school lists in the 2014 report, which names 25 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs.

The Princeton Review selected the schools based on a survey it conducted in 2013-14 of 150 institutions in the United States, Canada and abroad offering video game design coursework and/or degrees.

The 50-question survey asked schools to report on a range of topics from their academic offerings and faculty credentials to graduates' employment and professional achievements. Among the 60 data points the Princeton Review considered in its assessments were the program curriculum, facilities, career services and technology.

For the second year in a row, The Princeton Review teamed up with the magazine PC Gamer as its reporting partner on this project.  PC Gamer has a feature on the top schools list in its May issue.

“For students considering careers in video game design, these are the ‘cream of the crop’ institutions to attend,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “Some are among the nationally best-known universities in higher education. Others have well-deserved regional reputations in this field.  All have state-of-the-art programs in game design.”

The Princeton Review's "Top 25 Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2014" are:

  1. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

  2. University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)

  3. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)

  4. Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)  

  5. Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)

  6. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)

  7. Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)

  8. The Art Institute of Vancouver (Vancouver, British Columbia / CAN)

  9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

  10. New York University (Brooklyn, NY)

  11. Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, OH)

  12. Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)

  13. Northeastern University (Boston, MA)

  14. Oklahoma Christian University (Edmond, OK)

  15. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)

  16. Champlain College (Burlington, VT)

  17. Becker College (Worcester, MA)

  18. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)

  19. Vancouver Film School (Vancouver, British Columbia / CAN)

  20. DePaul University (Chicago, IL)

  21. University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)

  22. New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ)

  23. North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)

  24. New England Institute of Technology (East Greenwich, RI)

  25. Ferris State University (Grand Rapids, MI)

The Princeton Review's "Top 25 Graduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2014" are:

  1. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

  2. University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)

  3. Southern Methodist University (Plano, TX)

  4. University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)

  5. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)

  6. Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)

  7. University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)

  8. Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)

  9. New York University (Brooklyn, NY)

  10. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

  11. The University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)

  12. DePaul University (Chicago, IL)

  13. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)

  14. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)

  15. The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)

  16. Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)

  17. Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT)

  18. Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL)

  19. University at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)

  20. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

  21. Parsons The New School for Design (New York, NY)

  22. Trinity College Dublin (Dublin, IRL)

  23. University of North Texas (Denton, TX)

  24. University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)

  25. St. Mary's University (San Antonio, TX)

The Princeton Review’s report on the project is available online at

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