Want to Study Game Design? Princeton Review Says Go To USC

on March 1, 2012 5:30 PM

The Princeton Review today announced its top-ten list of the best colleges and universities to attend if you’re interested in game design. The University of Southern California took the top spot for both undergraduate and graduate programs. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was the only other school to have a program in the top five of each list, taking the second and third positions in the undergrad and grad lists, respectively.

We’ve got the full list of the Princeton Review roundup after the jump, which the publication says it printed after a “comprehensive” survey done during the 2011-2012 academic year at 150 institutions that offered game design curricula. The study took into account faculty credentials and graduates’ career achievements, among other things.

The Princeton Review‘s top 10 undergraduate schools to study video game design for 2012:

 1.    University of Southern California (Los Angeles, Calif.)
2.    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Mass.)
3.    University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)
4.    DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, Wash.)
5.    The Art Institute of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)
6.    Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
7.    Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, Ohio)
8. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, Georgia)
9. University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
10. Becker College (Worcester, Mass.)

The Princeton Review‘s top 10 graduate schools to study video game design for 2012:

1. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, Calif.)
2. Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
3.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Mass.)
4. University of Central Florida (Orlando, Florida)
5. Southern Methodist University (SMU) (Plano, Texas)
6. Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Penn.)
7. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, Georgia)
8. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, Wash.)
9. Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
10. Drexel University (Philadelphia, Penn.)

What about youse guys? Do you attend a school that’s not on the list?

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.