Full Sail University has earned a coveted spot on The Princeton Review’s recently published-list saluting the best undergraduate and graduate schools to study video game design for 2015.
Compiled by The Princeton Review, one of America’s best-known education and admission services companies, the 2015 list names 25 schools in rank order (1 to 25).
The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted of 150 programs at institutions offering video game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States, Canada, and some countries abroad.
The survey asked schools to report on a range of topics from academic offerings and faculty credentials to graduates’ employment and professional achievements. Among criteria The Princeton Review weighed to make its selections: the school curriculum, facilities, career services and technology.
“We’re proud to be recognized by The Princeton Review for the success of our Game Design programs,” said Rob Catto, Program Director of Game Studies at Full Sail University. “This honor is a testament to the passion of our faculty and students, as well as the success of our graduates making a difference in the gaming industry.”
“For students aspiring to work in the burgeoning field of game design, these are truly the ‘cream of the crop’ institutions from which to launch a career,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP – Publisher. “Some are nationally-known universities; others have well-deserved reputations within their regions. All are renowned for their exceptional faculties and awesome, state-of-the-art facilities. Collectively, these schools have graduated legions of the industry’s most successful video game designers, developers, artists, and entrepreneurs.”
The Princeton Review found that undergrads are earning an average starting salary of $58,000, a 20 percent increase from last year and 28 percent more than the average salary for all 2014 undergrads. Students studying game design at these schools also find professional achievement while still in school. Forty-eight percent of undergrads and 66% of grad students work on a game that is shipped before they graduate.
The Princeton Review’s full report on this project is accessible at www.princetonreview.com/game-design. It includes profiles of the schools with application information and links to the school sites.
The Princeton Review teamed with PC Gamer magazine to compile the lists of top schools. The May issue will include the rankings and details about class offerings, professors, and alumni. The magazine hits newsstands March 31.
The Princeton Review is also known for its annual rankings of colleges, law schools, and business schools in dozens of categories, which it reports on its site, and in its books including The Best 378 Colleges, The Best 295 Business Schools, and The Best 169 Law Schools.
The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.