Student Consumer Information Guide

In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), DigiPen is required to disclose consumer information regarding its programs, policies, educational resources, and student body. Below, you will find an alphabetical list containing this information, including links to related materials.

For additional information, please refer to the DigiPen Course Catalog.

Contact Information

To learn more or to request a printed copy of the Course Catalog, Annual Security Report, or Disclosures included on this page, please contact:

Meighan McKelvey
Senior Vice President of Administration
(425) 895-4409

Angela Kugler
Vice President of External Affairs
(425) 895-4438

Trinity Huttner
Director of Financial Aid
(425) 629-5096

Marshall Traverse
Dean of Students
(425) 629-5034

Accreditation and Degree Authorization

Accreditation - DigiPen Institute of Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges ("ACCSC"). ACCSC is a recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education. >Read more.

Degree Authorization -In accordance with the Degree-Granting Institutions Act Regulations (WAC 250-61-060 (3), DigiPen Institute of Technology is considered to be an eligible institution exempted from degree authorization requirements by the Washington Student Achievement Council effective November 1, 2012. >Read more.

The current Certificate of Authorization and Certificate of Accreditation are posted in the Administration area of DigiPen's campus for public inspection. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Compliance at (425) 629-5048.


Copyright Infringement and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

DigiPen prohibits copyright infringement in any form, including the illegal downloading and uploading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer file sharing as defined by Title 17 of the United States Code.

Copyright infringement may result in civil and criminal penalties, including damages of up to $150,000 per infringed work, imprisonment of up to five years, and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially the FAQs at www.copyright.gov/help/faq.

In addition to the civil and criminal penalties outlined above, students who engage in illegal downloading or unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using DigiPen's network will also be referred to DigiPen's Discipline Committee and be subject to disciplinary sanctions, up to and including suspension from the Institute, under the Regulation of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.

These and other policies are part of DigiPen's “Student Network and Internet Usage Agreement.”


Description of Facilities

General Facilities - DigiPen's campus (9931 Willows Road NE, Redmond, WA 98052) encompasses over 100,000 square feet, and includes computer labs, art studios, auditoriums, classrooms, a library, and cafeteria. The campus is designed to comply with ANSI A117.1 accessibility standards and is wheelchair accessible. >Read more.

Library - DigiPen's library aims to support the Institute's curriculum, students, and faculty. Students have access to a variety of resources, such as sound effects and reference books relevant to their program of study. The library also subscribes to a selection of major journals and magazines related to the fields of gaming, simulation, computer engineering, and animation. >Read more.


Degree Programs

DigiPen offers the following degree programs*:

*All of DigiPen’s degree programs are classified by the US Department of Education as “Gainful Employment Programs.” See the section on Student Outcomes and Disclosures for Gainful Employment for statistics and data related to each of these programs.


Disability Support Services

DigiPen strives to ensure that all students are provided with an equal opportunity to participate in the college’s programs, courses, and activities. Students requiring special assistance must self-identify themselves to the Disability Support Service coordinator and provide current documentation supporting their disabilities. Students must assist in identifying the proper accommodations and negotiate these accommodations at the beginning of each semester. As outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, DigiPen will provide reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments as long as provisions do not fundamentally alter the nature of the programs or the academic requirements that are considered essential to the program of study. >Read more.


Drug and Alcohol Policy

I. Statement of Policy: DigiPen Institute of Technology forbids the manufacture, possession, distribution, and use of alcohol and illicit drugs on Institute Property.

II. Applicable Legal Sanctions: Illicit drug purchase, possession and use are crimes under state (RCW 69.50) and federal law. Washington law prohibits a variety of alcohol related conduct, including the purchase or possession of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age (RCW 66.44). Violations of law are punishable by fines, imprisonment, or both.

III. Health Risks: Numerous health risks are associated with the use of illicit drugs or the abuse of alcohol. Repeated use of either drugs or alcohol can lead to dependence. Use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol cause a substantial number of health problems and can be fatal.

IV. Available University Services: Students and employees seeking additional information about the effects of drug or alcohol use or seeking assistance for alcohol- or drug-related problems should contact the Alcohol and Drug Help Line (http://www.adhl.org) at (800) 562-1240 or the Student Affairs Director at (425) 629-5034 for referral information.

V. Sanctions: Disciplinary sanctions will be imposed on students and employees for violations of DigiPen’s policy governing illicit drugs and alcohol. Sanctions may include referral for rehabilitation, expulsion, termination of employment, and referral for prosecution.

VI. Further Information: For further information about drug and alcohol issues or to receive a more complete description of the health risks associated with drug use and alcohol abuse and the relevant legal sanctions, contact the Student Affairs Director at (425) 629-5034.



A faculty directory is available at the back of the Course Catalog, and full profiles are available on the website at https://www.digipen.edu/academics/faculty.



FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (also known as the Buckley Amendment). Passed by Congress in 1974, FERPA is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the protection of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings.

The act grants specific rights to students:

  • The right to inspect and review their education records.
  • The right to seek amendment to those records and, in certain cases, append a statement to the records.
  • The right to limit disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in their records.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education.

Students must fill out, sign, and submit a “Student Consent for Release of Records” in order to allow anyone other than themselves access to their education record. (This includes information about tuition payment, grades, registration, and more.) This form is available in the Administration office and as a downloadable PDF on the website. >Read more.


Financial Aid Information

For information related to the topics below, follow the links provided or visit Policies and Consumer Information for Financial Aid

Please note: DigiPen does not offer study abroad nor any federal work study programs at this time; DigiPen does not participate in intercollegiate athletics.


Institutional Mission


Our vision is to continue our growth as a world-leader in higher education and research in the areas of digital media, simulation, and interactive computer technologies.


Our mission is to provide an exemplary education and to further research in digital media, simulation, and interactive computer technologies by teaching the academic fundamentals and applied theory necessary for our students to lead, innovate, and advance these industries. Through the work of our students, faculty and staff, we strive to empower and inspire these industries on a global level.

Building on a strong foundation rooted in academics and industry experience, we challenge our students to apply their knowledge towards the creation of real-world products for the ever-advancing demands of a technological society. Embracing teamwork and creative exploration, our mission is to produce highly qualified leaders and originators who will instigate growth, productivity, innovation, and success in their professions and industries.

Core Values

DigiPen Institute of Technology holds certain values that guide it and endure through the changing environment in which it operates:

  • Excellence — Promoting excellence by preparing graduates with a solid foundation based on industry standards and professional ethics.
  • Diversity — Respecting social, cultural, gender, and age diversity among students, faculty, and staff by raising awareness and endorsing tolerance and acceptance.
  • Success — Valuing the life-long academic and personal success of students, faculty, and staff by providing a strong alumni program and strengthening our relationships within and outside of the industry.
  • Innovation — Encouraging creativity among students, faculty, and staff by seeking new, flexible, and responsive ways to achieve our mission and reach new heights.
  • Support — Endorsing a supportive environment for students, faculty, and staff by emphasizing teamwork, collaboration, professional and academic support, and mutual respect.
  • Academic Freedom — Providing an energetic atmosphere by advocating intellectual inquiry, academic freedom, an open exchange of ideas, the application of knowledge, and the promotion of ongoing research and development.
  • Collaboration — Fostering collaboration and building partnerships with academic and industry groups to continue our growth, relevance, and success.
  • Integrity — Instilling the importance of professionalism, accountability, and ethics among our students, faculty, and staff.

These values are reflected in the daily operation of the school and in the quality of the work and services produced by students, faculty, and staff.

Financial Aid Code of Conduct

In response to the enactment of the Higher Education Opportunity Act in August of 2008, DigiPen’s Financial Aid Office has adopted the NASFAA (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators) Code of Conduct to help ensure ethical behavior and the highest level of professional practices. All DigiPen staff members responsible for the administration of federal and private educational loans are subject to the guidelines within the NASFAA Statement of Ethical Principles and the NASFAA Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Professionals. To read the full Code of Conduct, see DigiPen's website.

Admissions Department Code of Conduct

All Admissions personnel at DigiPen are trained to conduct themselves in a manner that is ethical and professional. DigiPen requires all Admissions personnel to review a code of conduct and agree to maintain its standards on an annual basis. The code of conduct includes practices that are in keeping with organizational policies and procedures, as well as relevant accreditation requirements, such as providing consumers with accurate information regarding DigiPen's programs and offerings and prohibiting any staff members to place any undue pressure on prospective students. To review a copy of the Admissions Code of Conduct, please contact admissions@digipen.edu.


Program Improvement

DigiPen continually strives for the highest standards to produce well-qualified artists, designers, engineers, innovators and team leaders for the real-time interactive simulation, video game, and digital art and animation industries. To ensure the excellence and relevance of the degree programs, DigiPen appoints program directors with strong commanding experience in the field to oversee the design and execution of the program curricula. Academic department chairs also play an instrumental role in the course design and development and in ensuring consistency and quality through the delivery of the programs. Additionally, DigiPen regularly reviews its programs for rigor and continued relevance to the industries through the establishment of its Program Advisory Committees, which meet at least twice annually. Current Program Advisory Committee members are comprised of representatives from companies, such as Microsoft, Nintendo, Monolith, Valve, Gas Powered Games, and ArenaNet.


Safety and Security

Annual Security Report

To comply with the Jeanne Clery Act, DigiPen generates an Annual Security Report  to inform its student body, prospective students, faculty, and staff about crime prevention and statistics. This report is distributed via email no later than October 1 each year and is available on DigiPen's website.

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires states to ask registered sex offenders if they are enrolled or employed at an institution of higher education. To search King County's Sex Offender Database to see if there are any registered sex offenders living in your area, visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/safety/sheriff/SOSearch.aspx.

Missing/Unresponsive Student Policy

DigiPen Institute of Technology considers the safety of our students to be essential in the creation and maintenance of an environment where learning is encouraged and supported. Any reports of a missing or unresponsive student should be directed to the Student Affairs Department in person or by telephone at (425) 629-5034 .

DigiPen's assistance is restricted to campus and campus-related activities. FERPA may limit the information that DigiPen can share with the reporting party. In compliance with FERPA, DigiPen may contact next of  kin or authorities if the missing student is deemed to be in distress.

Disclosures Related to On-Campus Housing

DigiPen does not provide on-campus housing. As such, the following related disclosures are not applicable: Annual Fire Safety Report and Fire Log.


Satisfactory Academic Progress

See the Course Catalog or for a description of DigiPen's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policies.


Student Body Diversity

Federal regulations require disclosure of the following information about our full-time enrolled student population as reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS):

Fall 2014

Total Enrollment:     1,018

Undergraduate enrollment: 932
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment: 119
Graduate enrollment: 86

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Part-time: 14%
Full-time: 86%

Undergraduate Student Gender

Female: 20%
Male: 80%

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Black or African American: 1%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 5%
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
  • White: 42%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 27%
  • Non-resident alien: 14%

Undergraduate Student Age

Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
24 and under: 77%
25 and over: 23%
Age unknown: 0%

Undergraduate Student Residence

Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.

In-state: 46%
Out-of-state: 45%
Foreign countries: 9%
Unknown: 2%

Graduate Attendance Status

Part-time: 41%
Full-time: 59%

Pell Grant Recipients (2012)

35% of undergraduate students received Pell Grants

Additional data (as submitted to IPEDS) is available through DigiPen's College Navigator profile on the U.S. Department of Education website.


Student Outcomes and Disclosures for Gainful Employment Programs

In October of 2010, the U.S. Department of Education approved new regulations requiring institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs to publicly disclose certain information about students who enrolled in programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (which the Department refers to as "GE Programs"). As a Domestic Proprietary Institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, all of DigiPen's degree programs qualify as GE Programs. The following section lists the information required by the Department of Education pertaining to each degree program and clarifies what this information means to prospective students.

Gainful Employment Disclosures by Degree Program:

Graduate and Professional Education

DigiPen graduates have enrolled in the following graduate and professional education programs upon graduating from our four-year programs:

  • DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA) – Master of Science in Computer Science
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA) – Masters of Computer Engineering
  • Brown University (Providence, RI) – Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) – Master of Science in Computer Science (Interactive Entertainment Technology)
  • Irvine Valley College
  • Montana Tech of the University of Montana

This information was compiled via surveys of alumni and their employers using personal contact and verification services such as the Work Number (www.theworknumber.com) and the National Student Clearinghouse (www.studentclearinghouse.org) as part of the employment verification process required by our accrediting agency, the ACCSC. The information was collected between 2008 and 2013.

Please note: DigiPen's mission is to prepare students for employment in the fields for which they study. The Institute advises all prospective students that the courses and credits reflected on their transcript may or may not be accepted by a receiving institution. Students should inquire with the specific receiving institution about the transferability of DigiPen credits.

Retention and Graduation Rates

The following information is based on institutional data submitted to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Percentage of students who began their studies in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014: 73

Overall Graduation Rate and and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 55% of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Additional data (as submitted to IPEDS) is available through DigiPen's College Navigator profile on the U.S. Department of Education website.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008

Percentage of full-time, first-time students who graduated or transferred out within 150% of "normal time" to completion for their program: 54%

Bachelor’s Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees
Percentage of full-time, first-time students who graduated in the specified amount of time and began in Fall 2006:

  • 4-year: 34%
  • 6-year: 57%
  • 8-year: 57%

Percentage of full-time, first-time students who graduated in the specified amount of time and began in Fall 2008:

  • 4-year: 38%
  • 6-year: 54%

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees
Percentage of full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2008 and received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion for their program:

  • Female: 65%
  • Male: 52%

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees
Percentage of full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2008 and received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion for their program:

  • Asian: 69%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 60%
  • Native Hawaiian of Pacific Islander: 100%
  • White: 50%
  • Two or more races: 60%
  • Race/ethnicity unknown: 43%
  • Non-resident alien: 69%

6-Year Graduation Rate by Financial Assistance for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees
Percentage of full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2006 and received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion for their program:

  • Recipients of a Federal Pell Grant: 59%
  • Recipients of a Subsidized Stafford Loan who did not receive a Pell Grant: 55.6%
  • Students who received neither a Pell Grant nor Subsidized Stafford Loan: 52.5%


Textbook Information

The list of textbooks required for each class is made available to students prior to the start of classes. A full booklist is posted on the website at https://www.digipen.edu/booklist, and can also be accessed via the Student Record System (SRS) at https://management.digipen.edu.


Transfer Credits and Articulation Agreements

Transfer Credits

Credit earned by examination at other colleges or universities in the last 10 years may be transferred, provided such credit meets the guidelines used by DigiPen Institute of Technology. The Registrar will evaluate college credits earned elsewhere with respect to graduation requirements at DigiPen. Developmental classes, orientation classes, or classes in which a student receives a "pass" are not eligible for transfer credit consideration. Courses transferred or waived are entered on transcripts, but no grades or quality points are awarded. >Read more.

For more information about DigiPen's accreditation and degree authorization, visit the Accreditation and Degree Authorization section of this page.

Articulation Agreements

Credits from a college with an articulation agreement with DigiPen Institute of Technology will be accepted, and grades earned will be included in students’ DigiPen transcripts. DigiPen has an articulation agreement with Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea.


Vaccination Policy

DigiPen does not require specific immunization or vaccinations for its students.

The State of Washington requires DigiPen to educate it students about Meningococcal Disease and vaccination. Information related to the causes, symptoms, mortality, treatment, and prevention (including vaccination) is available to download from the American College Health Associations website. This information is also available in the Student Affairs office.


Voter Registration

For detailed information about voter registration in Washington state and to download a voter registration form, visit http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/en/voterinformation/Pages/RegistertoVote.aspx.