Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has earned a No. 12 ranking on The Princeton Review's just-published list saluting the best undergraduate schools in the U.S.A. and Canada to study video game design for 2013. WPI also earned an Honorable Mention for its graduate program.
The Princeton Review, one of America's best-known education services companies, chose the schools based on a survey it conducted in the 2012-13 academic year of 150 programs at institutions offering video game design course work and/or degrees in the United States and Canada.
"Princeton Review recognized our Interactive Media and Game Design program for both the technical and artistic strength needed to create the most innovative platforms," said WPI Dean of Arts and Sciences Karen Kashmanian Oates. "The program takes advantage of the historic technological strength of WPI and overlays it with as much rigor to the artistic."
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 criteria The Princeton Review weighed to make its selections: the school curriculum, faculty, facilities, and infrastructure, plus career services, student scholarships, and financial aid.
"It has long been our mission to help students find–and get into–the schools best for them," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review SVP/Publisher. "For students aspiring to become game designers, we highly recommend Worcester Polytechnic Institute as one of the best institutions to study and to launch a career in this exciting field. We also salute the faculty and staff at WPI 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 2013 list names 15 undergraduate schools in rank order, and 15 undergraduate schools as Honorable Mentions. The company also reported a companion list of top graduate schools to study video game design for 2013.
Read the Princeton Review's full report, which includes profiles of the schools with application information and links to the school sites.
About The Princeton Review
Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com), which is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine, is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, Mass. 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.