April 18, 2017
SSU is nationally ranked for the seventh year in a row.
Shawnee State University is nationally ranked on The Princeton Review’s Top 50 undergraduate schools to study Game Design for the seventh year in a row.
The Princeton Review has reported game design program rankings annually since 2010 and schools are chosen based on its 2015 survey of 150 institutions in the U.S., Canada and abroad that offer game design degree programs and courses. The 40-question survey collected data from the schools’ game design academic offerings and lab facilities to their graduates’ starting salaries and career achievements.
“We are honored to be ranked amongst the nation’s Top 50 schools for Game Design by the Princeton Review. We work hard with all of our students so this is recognition is as much of a reflection of our students’ efforts and hard work,” said Greg Lyons, Professor of Fine, Digital & Performing Arts. “Our program continues to improve through renovations within the Game Programming space as it will enable students to take more interest in their interpersonal projects, especially with President Kurtz’s policy on student ownership of personal work. It is an exciting time to be in the field of game development and an excellent time for students pursuing this course of study.”
According to The Princeton Review’s data, undergraduate students enrolled in the schools named on the list gain valuable professional experience while in school. Around 57% of undergraduate students and 65% of graduate student from these schools will have worked on games that have shipped before they graduate.
“It is definitely an honor to be included once again in the company of these other top schools on the 2017 Princeton Review’s Top 50 Game Design Schools. We are constantly striving to improve the program, and it is nice to have such a validation that we are on the right track,” said Jason Witherell, Associate Gaming Professor. “We are looking forward to next year’s review, especially since we have a lot of cool ideas in the works, including a new VR/AR Laboratory, an extensive renovation of classroom space and the beginnings of a varsity e-sports league! I’m excited to see our program draw more outstanding student from across the state and work to our campus. It’s a good time to be in the gaming field.”
The Princeton Review’s full listing is available at https://www.princetonreview.com/press/game-design-press-release and includes a companion article, “The Princeton Review Announces 2017 Rankings: Top 50 Undergrad & Top 25 Grad Schools to Study Game Design.” The Princeton Review teamed up with PC Gamer, a monthly magazine published by Future plc as its reporting partner, and will have a feature on the list in its May issue available on newsstands March 28.
For more information about The Princeton Review, please visit http://www.princetonreview.com.
For more information about SSU’s Game Design Program, please visit shawnee.edu/gaming.