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For the 11th straight year, The Princeton Review has named DigiPen Institute of Technology one of the top five game design schools in North America and abroad. The college admission services company ranked DigiPen No. 4 on its 2020 list of the top 50 undergraduate schools for studying game design, as well as No. 6 on its list for the top 25 graduate schools.

“We recommend these schools highly to students considering careers in the exciting field of game design,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief. “All of the schools that made our lists for 2020 have excellent programs, outstanding faculties, and awesome, state-of-the-art facilities. Not surprisingly, they count among their alumni many of the video game industry’s most prominent artists, designers, developers, and entrepreneurs.”

The rankings were compiled based on a 50-question survey, given to administrators at 150 institutions in the U.S., Canada, and abroad that offer coursework, majors, or degrees in game design. The survey collected data relating to academics, faculty, technology, and career prospects — including salaries and professional achievements — for program graduates.

DigiPen’s academic programs have contributed to the growth of the games industry around the globe. DigiPen graduates have worked on more than 1,500 commercial game titles, including several of the most successful AAA and independent games of all time. According to a 2019 study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, DigiPen offers the best long-term return on investment for Washington state colleges and universities — also ranking among the top 1% of colleges nationwide for long-term value.

“We’re very pleased that The Princeton Review continues to rank DigiPen as one of the leading higher education institutions for game design studies,” Christopher Comair, Chief Operating Officer for DigiPen’s Redmond campus, said. “From design to digital arts and animation, audio programming, computer science, and more, DigiPen has built one of the top programs for providing students with a solid educational foundation that inspires creativity and truly prepares them for future careers. As a result, our graduates are today some of the most sought-after talent across the video game industry.”

For more information, you can view the full report and rankings on The Princeton Review website.