USC takes back its crown as 2017’s best Game Design program for undergraduates

After losing out to the University of Utah in last year’s ranking, the University of Southern California has once again topped the Princeton Review’s list of “Top Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design” for 2017. The Princeton Review also found a lot to recommend about USC’s Game Design program at the Graduate level. The school’s more advanced course of study came in at #5 in Princeton Review’s ranking of Graduate programs.

“Game design is an exciting field and programs are springing up in colleges all over the world,” said Robert Franek, the Princeton Review’s Editor-In-Chief. “We want to help students find the best program for their needs and interests. The top schools on our lists have outstanding faculties and great facilities which will give students the skills and experience they need to pursue a career in this dynamic and burgeoning field.”

While the Utes at the University of Utah aren’t the top choice anymore, their program still ranked #3 in both the Undergraduate and Graduate rankings. Other schools that broke into the top ten on both lists include the Rochester Institute of Technology (#2 in Undergraduate, #4 in Graduate), the DigiPen Institute of Technology (#4 and #7), New York University (#7 and #6), and Rexel University (#9 and #8).

The Princeton Review’s full ranking of Game Design programs is available after the break. And more information about their survey methodology and how to apply to each of these programs can be found at PrincetonReview.com.

Top 25 Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2017
1. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
2. Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
3. University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
4. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)
5. Becker College (Worcester, MA)
6. Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)
7. New York University (Brooklyn, NY)
8. The Art Institute of Vancouver (Vancouver, British Columbia)
9. Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
10. Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
11. Vancouver Film School (Vancouver, British Columbia)
12. Bradley University (Peoria, IL)
13. Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
14. Champlain College (Burlington, VT)
15. University of Wisconsin-Stout (Menomonie, WI)
16. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)
17. The University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)
18. DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
19. Abertay University (Dundee, Scotland)
20. Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI)
21. University of California-Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
22. Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, OH)
23. Cogswell College (San Jose, CA)
24. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)
25. Miami University (Oxford, OH)

Top 25 Graduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2017
1. Southern Methodist University (Plano, TX)
2. University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
3. University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
4. Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
5. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
6. New York University (Brooklyn, NY)
7. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)
8. Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
9. Abertay University (Dundee, Scotland)
10. DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
11. Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
12. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)
13. University of California at Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
14. The University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)
15. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)
16. American University (Washington, DC)
17. Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
18. Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT)
19. The Ohio State University—Columbus (Columbus, OH)
20. University of Wisconsin-Stout (Menomonie, WI)
21. Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL)
22. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
23. University of Malta (Msida, Malta)
24. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
25. University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)

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