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DigiPen works on a rolling admissions basis, meaning we accept and evaluate applications as they are submitted to us throughout the year. New students begin in the fall semester each year. Once your application is submitted and you have provided all the required materials, you can typically expect to receive a decision within two-to-four weeks for undergraduate applications or four-to-six weeks for graduate applications.

We encourage you to complete your application and submit the required materials within four weeks of starting the application process. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you need more time to complete your application.

Please note: For more information on financial aid deadlines — including due dates for FAFSA applications, scholarships, and tuition — visit the Office of Financial Aid’s Dates and Deadlines page.

Important Dates and Deadlines


If you are planning to enroll in a college program during the next fall semester, this is a good time to ramp up your college search and begin preparing your applications. As a prospective DigiPen student, we encourage you to:

  • Visit DigiPen and attend a Preview Day, or arrange to be a Student Shadow.

  • Start gathering information for your application, including your official transcripts, official test scores, letters of recommendation, and any other documentation.

  • Begin submitting your application.


Visit DigiPen and attend a Preview Day, or arrange to be a Student Shadow (if you haven’t already).

February 1

Priority Application Deadline: Apply by this date for greater access to scholarships and housing.

April 1

General Application Deadline: Apply by this date to guarantee your spot in the fall 2020 incoming class.

April 15

Priority Housing Deadline: Applications submitted by this date are guaranteed placement in DigiPen housing.

July 1

Extended Application Deadline: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are extending the General Application deadline. Starting your application by this date guarantees your placement (upon acceptance) in the fall 2020 incoming class.


Enrolled students finalize their housing plans.

August 14

Final Application Deadline: Start your application by this date to be considered for the fall 2020 incoming class.

August 24 - 26

Orientation Week for new incoming students.

August 31

Fall semester begins.

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