These requirements are for September 2014.

Please see Graduate Admissions for information about applying to the Master of Science in Computer Science or the Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts degree program. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at (425) 629-5001 or admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu.

Application Materials

All applicants to DigiPen's undergraduate degree programs must submit the following materials in order to be considered for admission:

In addition to the requirements listed above, some applicants may need to submit:

Optional materials for Game Design applicants*

Game Design applicants may submit a combination of the following optional additional materials: copies of drawings and paintings, photographs of landscapes, or urban environments, printed versions of digital art, sketches of level designs, and copies of maps. These optional components must be original creations solely of the applicant.

*Note: Do not submit electronic games or mods, as the Office of Admissions will not install any of these.

Application for Admission

Required for: All applicants

The application for admission is submitted online. The application may be saved if the applicant is unable to completely fill it out in one session. Once the application is submitted the applicant will no longer be able to edit the application. It is a good idea to review the instructions for the application and have responses to all the questions prepared prior to beginning the online application.

You should have the following materials available in order to complete the application for admission:

  • The name, address, and phone numbers for all high schools and colleges that you have attended.
  • Dates (month and year) that you attended each institution.
  • Your school guidance counselor's contact information (if applicable).
  • List of extracurricular activities you have participated in. (This is an optional section of the application.)
  • Résumé or CV (as with the extracurricular activities, this is not required, but applicants can opt to append résumé or CV to their application).
  • Contact information for anyone providing a letter of recommendation.
  • Emergency contact person's details.
  • Credit card information (if you choose to pay the application fee online).

Apply Online

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Application Fee

Required for: All applicants

All applicants must pay a $35 application fee. If applying online, the fee can be paid by credit card at that time or the applicant can select the option to send the fee in later. Fees can be paid by credit card, cash, check, or money order (made out to DigiPen Institute of Technology). Applicants who are denied admission to DigiPen will receive a refund of the application fee. DigiPen waives the application fee for students who demonstrate financial need through an SAT fee-waiver program or for participation in a similar need-based program. DigiPen also provides fee-waivers to students who visit the campus for an admissions meeting or on-site information session.

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High-School Transcripts

Required for: All undergraduate applicants

In order to meet the minimum requirement for admission to DigiPen, all applicants must have completed grade 12 or the equivalent. Also, applicants should have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average in their most recent studies. To fulfill this requirement, applicants must submit official transcripts from all high schools attended, including a final transcript showing proof of high-school graduation.

Applicants who are:

  • Current high-school seniors should submit their most recent high-school transcripts with their application. Final transcripts will be required from all high-school seniors prior to enrollment.
  • Students who have earned their GED should submit sealed transcripts for the time that they attended high school, along with official GED test scores to prove high-school equivalence.
  • Homeschooled students should submit official transcripts from an accredited curriculum and/or (as applicable) official GED test scores as proof of having earned high-school graduate equivalency. See Homeschooled Applicants for further information. 
  • International students must submit certified-true copies of their academic records. Please read additional important information for International Applicants.

Applicants should request official copies of their transcripts from each high school attended. The documents can either be mailed to DigiPen directly from the school (preferred) or sent in by the applicant in a sealed envelope as prepared by the school. DigiPen cannot accept open or faxed transcripts. Applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution are not required to submit high school transcripts, but final transcripts from the college or university will be required along with official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended.

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College and University Transcripts

Required for: All applicants who have taken course work at the college or university level.

If applicable, the applicant must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. This includes high school concurrent enrollment programs, Running Start, community college, university, transfer students, and the rest. Students typically need to request official transcripts from the registrar's office and should do so early to allow time for processing the request. Transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope as prepared by the issuing school directly to DigiPen Institute of Technology. Transcripts may be sent by the applicant if sealed in an envelope and stamped over the seal by the registrar, showing that the envelope has not been opened. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.

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Scores for the SAT or ACT

Required for: All undergraduate applicants

Description: DigiPen requires completion of the SAT or ACT test and submission of these scores from all undergraduate applicants, with a few exceptions (see below). There is no minimum score requirement for either test and neither is preferred by DigiPen over the other. The SAT II Subject Tests are not required for admission, but may be taken into consideration during the evaluation process if included with the application. SAT or ACT test scores must be sent directly to DigiPen by the issuing organization. DigiPen also accepts score reports included on official high-school transcripts to fulfill this requirement. Average SAT scores for BS and BA programs are generally over 1700; average ACT composite scores for BS programs are generally over 26; BA programs are over 24.

SAT/ACT requirement waived for:

  • International applicants (all degree programs)
  • Applicants who have already graduated from high school and have completed at least one full-time year of college-level education (not including Running Start or other high school concurrent enrollment programs). Applicants with college-level equivalent credits earned during military service should contact the Office of Admissions for waiver confirmation.
  • Applicants who graduated from high school more than 10 years ago.

Score reporting

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Letters of Recommendation

Optional for: All undergraduate applicants.

All undergraduate applicants (including international applicants) are strongly encouraged to submit two letters of recommendation. Letters must be from individuals familiar with your academic background and/or work ethic, i.e., an instructor, guidance counselor, or employer. Recommendation letters from family members will not be considered.

Applicants may choose to enter the contact information for their references in the online application. The application database will email each reference a link to an electronic recommendation form once the application is submitted. Applicants should request recommendation letters from their references prior to entering the reference name(s) into the application and tell them to expect a reference request via email. For hard copy submissions, each letter must be sealed, signed, and dated by the author and must contain a contact phone number. Letter writers should explain how long they have known the applicant and in what capacity. Applicants should provide their recommenders with hard copies of (or a link to) the letter template provided below. Alternatively, references may write their own letters of recommendation without using the templates. Please note that these letters are not required for applicants to DigiPen's undergraduate degree programs.

Download: Letter of Recommendation template (PDF)

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Mathematics and Science Requirements

Required for: Applicants to the BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation, BS in Computer Engineering, BS in Engineering and Sound Design, and BS in Computer Science and Game Design.

  • Applicants will have demonstrated sufficient academic background in mathematics by having completed subjects at least through precalculus, with a recommended "B" average (3.0 GPA) or better in all math classes. If you have not yet taken precalculus you can meet this requirement by taking the equivalent at a community college or local university, through an accredited online or correspondence course, or by obtaining a "B" equivalent on the College Level Exam Program (CLEP) exam.
  • Additionally, applicants are encouraged to take calculus, physics, computer science, and related advanced placement (AP) courses before coming to DigiPen.
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Financial Responsibility Form

Required for: International applicants

International applicants must provide evidence of financial support, indicating that sufficient funds are available for the 8-month period of study and living expenses must be submitted to DigiPen and made available to U.S. Immigration Service upon entry into the United States. The Financial Responsibility Form must be submitted by all international students regardless of whether or not the student is presently living in the United States. The bank statement needs to be an original document from the bank and not a self-service printout. It should include the balance, currency (preferably USD), and name of the account holder. All assets must be liquid. If the applicant is not the account holder, whomever is financing him/her will need to either sign the Affidavit of Support that is included in the Financial Responsibility Form or write and sign a brief letter confirming that the account holder will support the applicant financially during his/her time here at DigiPen. Please do not include a transaction history.

Download: Financial Responsibility Form: Fall 2014-2015 (PDF) 

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Proof of Proficiency in the English Language

Required for: Applicants who are non-native English speakers

Description: Non-native English speakers must provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • A minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper exam), 213 (computer exam) or 80 (iBT — Internet-based Test). TOEFL code: 4138.
  • A minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or higher. (www.ielts.org)
  • A minimum Cambridge English: Advanced (also known as a Certificate in Advanced English or CAE) score of C1 or higher.
  • Completion of four years of high school in the United States at an English-speaking school, or an International School where the primary language of instruction is English.
  • Completion of a post-secondary degree in the United States at an English-speaking school, or an International School where the primary language of instruction is English.
  • DigiPen may use its discretion and own internal assessments in determining sufficient English proficiency for students transferring from one DigiPen campus or program to another.
  • DigiPen may accept other proof of English proficiency, such as through the submission of internationally recognized standardized English test scores, the completion of English preparatory coursework, or internal English assessments on a case-by-case basis.

TOEFL code: 4138
TOEFL score reporting and exam information: http://www.ets.org/toefl

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