If you’re a high schooler dreaming of life as a Dragon, you might be wondering how best to prepare yourself for the challenges and opportunities that await you at DigiPen. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do before graduating high school to set yourself up for success!
If you’re interested in our computer science programs, below you’ll find a few handy tips, as well as some words of wisdom from currently enrolled students.
To prepare for the BS in Computer Science, BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation, BS in Computer Science and Game Design, BS in Computer Science in Machine Learning, or BS in Computer Science and Digital Audio programs, you should:
Take precalculus and physics classes. DigiPen offers five undergraduate degrees in computer science with different areas of focus. No matter which you choose, programming requires a strong math and science background. If you can, take Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes in calculus and physics to establish a solid foundation in both topics. You’ll thank yourself later!
Get involved in extracurricular math and science opportunities, whether it’s by joining a club, taking part in a workshop, or offering your services as a tutor. Not only will this solidify your passion and deepen your knowledge in those subjects — it also looks great on college applications.
Practice math. Especially linear algebra and trigonometry. The biggest thing that I didn’t feel prepared for was the math. There’s a lot of it [at DigiPen], and it will be a lot easier if you are just reviewing the math rather than learning these concepts for the first time. I also attended a high school that participated in the IB program, and I think that helped me feel prepared for the non-academic part of going to school in general — mainly time management under a heavy workload. I think that’s what students struggle with the most, just blocking out the right amount of time for homework and classes.”
BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation