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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. 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.

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

October 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available online. It’s best to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after this date if you plan to seek financial aid. See How to Apply for Financial Aid for more information.


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


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

July 1

Graduate Degree Program Deadline: Candidates must submit a complete application no later than July 1 of the year for which they are applying. Applications received after July 1 may not be reviewed for the current year’s intake.


Enrolled students finalize their housing plans.

End of August

Orientation Week for new incoming students.

September (day after Labor Day)

Fall semester begins.

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