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Last updated: January 12, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges for students hoping to enroll in college this year. We’re sorry that your final year of high school and college search were different from what you and your family may have expected, however, we are ready to welcome you to DigiPen whenever you decide to join us.

We have complied with Governor Jay Inslee’s Campus Reopening Guide and our own phased approach to start the new school year. To date, the vigilance and prudence exercised by DigiPen’s students, faculty, and staff have helped the campus see just one confirmed, active case of COVID-19 (since recovered). And while we can’t fully predict the remaining course of the pandemic, what we can do is offer flexible options as you consider your future college plans.

DigiPen is offering different choices for incoming students so that you will be able to prioritize your health and well-being without having to give up on your long-term educational goals. Keep in mind, the cost of tuition will remain the same no matter which option you choose.


Online Course Experience Option

Nearly all of our courses will be offered online for fall and spring semesters. New, incoming students will be able to take all of their courses online, if they choose. Students choosing this experience will be able to take their fall 2020 and spring 2021 semester courses online from anywhere in the world. All online courses will be fully remote and taught synchronously following the same DigiPen curriculum sequence. The synchronous delivery ensures students will have the ability to interact with their professors in class as well as outside of the “classroom.” This ensures that your DigiPen education is the same whether you are in an online or on-campus course. Additionally, all student services will be available remotely. This online option is available for new, incoming students or returning students in any degree program.


Phased Course Experience Option

Many of our courses will be a combination of on-campus and online experiences. Any student choosing a phased course must live locally and be able to attend the on-campus portion of their phased course. What does a phased course look like? An example might be a project-based design course. You might have one day during the week where the professor delivers a typical lecture online. You might have another day that week where you are on campus for hands-on lab components such as meetings and presentations with your student team and professor. Any on-campus portion of a phased course will conform to state requirements and guidance as well as higher education industry best practices. As the COVID-19 situation improves, and local regulations allow, we will increase the amount of on-campus instruction and interaction of our phased courses. We will provide as much on-campus instruction for phased courses as is safely possible, and the amount of on-campus instruction will depend on safety and guidance from local, state, and national health authorities.

During course registration, you will see online or phased courses offered as different sections. You will be able to make your choices at that time. The same experienced DigiPen instructors will teach you whether your courses are being offered entirely online or phased course with online and potentially in-person instruction experience.

Student housing will be open during all phases with increased sanitizing and cleansing throughout the campus. Masks, temperature checks, and social distancing will continue to be required for anyone on campus.


General Admissions Information

Please see our COVID-19 Admissions FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions surrounding our updated application requirements and procedures.

Please reach out to the Office of Admissions at (425) 629-5001 or admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu with any questions.

Fall 2021 Enrollment Deadlines

February 1

Fall 2021 Priority Application Deadline

Submit all application materials by this date for greater access to scholarships and housing.

April 1

Fall 2021 General Application Deadline

Submit your application by this date to guarantee your placement (upon acceptance) in the fall 2021 incoming class.

July 1

Fall 2021 Final Application Deadline

Start your application by this date to be considered for the fall 2021 incoming class.

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Please refer to our Admissions Timeline for other important application deadlines. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions or require assistance at any point in the application process.

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