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Named Top #15 school for Video Game Design by Princeton Review


Dr. Thomas F. Wylie, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology, announced that the college has earned a prestigious position on The Princeton Review's just published-list saluting the best undergraduate schools in the United States and Canada to study video game design for 2013. 

Compiled by The Princeton Review, one of America’s best-known education services companies, the 2013 list names 15 undergraduate schools in rank order (1 to 15) and15 undergraduate schools as Honorable Mentions. The Company also reported a companion list of top graduate schools to study video game design for 2013 highlighting 15 graduate schools in rank order and five as Honorable Mentions. The listings are shown below.

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted in the 2012-13 academic year of 150 programs at institutions offering video game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States and Canada. The Company's 50-question survey asked schools to report on a range of topics from academic offerings and faculty credentials to graduates’ employment and professional achievements. Among the criteria The Princeton Review weighed to make its selections included: the school curriculum, faculty, facilities, and infrastructure, plus career services, student scholarships, and financial aid.

According to Wylie, “We are so pleased to receive this distinction from The Princeton Review.  Our gaming faculty works tirelessly with students enrolled in our associate and bachelor degree programs in game design and game development technology. Our hands-on approach to learning coupled with a dynamic curriculum plus exciting gaming events and workshops prepare our students well as they enter this exciting field.”

Said Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior Vice President/Publisher, “It has long been our mission to help students find and get into the schools best for them.  For students aspiring to become game designers, we highly recommend New England Institute of Technology as one of the best institutions to study and to launch a career in this field.  We also salute the faculty and staff at New England Institute of Technology and the other schools on our 2013 lists for their exceptional academic and professional contributions to their students and to the industry of game design."

The Princeton Review's full report is accessible at It includes profiles of the schools with application information and links to the school sites.  

This year, The Princeton Review partnered with PC Gamer, a monthly magazine published by Future US, as its reporting partner on this project. PC Gamer has a feature on the list in its May issue.  It is now available at, and will arrive in subscriber mailboxes in mid-March and on newsstands April 2. The feature has information on the schools' degree options, class offerings, prominent professors, and alumni, plus fun facts about the school programs.

The Princeton Review’s "Top 15 Undergraduate Schools To Study Video Game Design For 2013" are:

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 (alpha order):
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)

The Princeton Review developed its “Top Schools to Study Video Game Design" project in 2009-2010 with assistance from a national advisory board that helped design the survey instrument and methodology. Board members included administrators and faculty from respected game design programs and professionals from some of the top gaming companies.  

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 website and in its books including The Best 377 Colleges and The Best Value Colleges. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.
About The Princeton Review
Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review ( is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The Company has long been a leader in helping students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the United States, Canada, and international franchises. The Company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.  

About New England Institute of Technology
Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students in over 35 associate, bachelor and master’s degree programs and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Visit our website at and follow news of the college on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.