Princeton Review names University of Utah the best undergrad game design program for 2013

universityofutah-logoThe Princeton Review has released the latest update to “Top Schools to Study Video Game Design,” their annual list of the best colleges for game design in the country. After dominating the undergrad list for three straight years, the University of Southern California has been dethroned by the University of Utah. However, USC still holds the top spot on the list of graduate programs.

The Princeton Review studied and ranked 50 different game design programs for this year’s report focusing on “the school curriculum, faculty, facilities, and infrastructure, plus career services, student scholarships, and financial aid.” The rankings can be found after the break and the complete report, which includes profiles of the schools, can be found at PrincetonReview.com.

Top 15 Undergraduate Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2013
1. University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
2. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
3. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)
4. Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
6. Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
7. Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, OH)
8. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)
9. The Art Institute of Vancouver (Vancouver, British Columbia / CAN)
10. Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
11. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)
12. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)
13. Becker College (Worcester, MA)
14. New England Institute of Technology (East Greenwich, RI)
15. North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)

Honorable Mentions – Undergraduate Schools

  • Bradley University (Peoria, IL)
  • Champlain College (Burlington, VT)
  • DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
  • Ferris State University (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
  • Miami University (Oxford, OH)
  • New York University / NYU-POLY (New York, NY)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  • Oklahoma Christian University (Edmond, OK)
  • Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • The University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)
  • University of Wisconsin – Stout (Menomonie, WI)
  • Vancouver Film School (Vancouver, British Columbia / CAN)

Top 15 Graduate Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2013
1. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
2. University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
3. Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
4. Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
5. University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
6. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)
7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
8. University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
9. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)
10. Southern Methodist University (Plano, TX)
11. The University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)
12. New York University / NYU-POLY (New York, NY)
13. Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
14. Parsons The New School for Design (New York, NY)
15. DePaul University (Chicago, IL)

Honorable Mentions – Graduate Schools

  • Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
  • Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT)
  • University at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)
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