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Game design is an area of study and practice associated with the creation of games, generally computer and video games, through various means and methods. Individuals in this field may work as artists, programmers, content designers, and more. The field has grown increasingly complex over subsequent generations requiring more and more education.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$85,180

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

56.48%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

271,200

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

2021 Best Game Design Schools

The University of Southern California (USC) has two main campuses, both located in Los Angeles, CA.  USC's University Park campus is near downtown-metro Los Angeles, near the city's major museums.  The University Park campus is home to most of USC's professional schools and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School and the School of Dentistry.  USC's Health Sciences campus is northeast of downtown Los Angeles and is home to the School of Pharmacy, the Keck School of Medicine and three teaching hospitals.  Many other USC programs are conducted at different locations in the Southern California area.

USC is the oldest research university in the West and continues to be a leader in this area with an award-winning faculty and strong medical-health and science programs that have given rise to many new ideas and new technology over the years. USC receives top ranking and federal funding for its research activity.

USC attracts many international students and also offers many study abroad programs and internships.  The university encourages collaboration, interdisciplinary studies, public service and professional education.  Through its flexible programs like "Renaissance Ideal," "Thematic Option," and many interdisciplinary majors and minors, USC encourages entering students to create their own major/minor study programs to further interdisciplinary endeavors and new ideas.

One of the great attractions of USC for many students is its distinguished faculty.  The university boasts many renowned innovators and award-winners including members of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.  In 2011, USC Professor and historian Dr. Kevin Starr was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

History

Founded in 1880, the University of Southern California opened its doors with 10 teachers and 53 students.   In 1885, USC established its College of Medicine, which was the first in Southern California.  In 1888, USC Trojans played their first football game.

Academics

The University of Southern California's academic calendar follows the semester format, with a fall, spring and summer semester.

The University of Southern California (USC) offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctoral degrees as well as continuing and professional education.  USC also offers a Progressive Degree option to high-achieving undergraduates who wish to begin work on a master's degree while completing their requirements for a bachelor's degree.

USC offers hundreds of options for majors, minors and degree programs to undergraduates and graduates through many flexible study options.  Students can choose from several areas and departments to pursue a major or program of study including arts and humanities, social studies, natural sciences, engineering, computer quantitative, and technical sciences.

For students pursuing research, there are many research centers and institutes, as well as laboratories and research units to choose from at USC that include arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, engineering and technology.  Some key areas for research at USC include genomics, biomedical imaging, nanoscience, digital media and high-performance computing.

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and schools of the University of Southern California are located at its two primary campuses: University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus.  The colleges and schools of USC are:

  • USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • USC Leventhal School of Accounting
  • USC School of Architecture
  • USC Marshall School of Business
  • USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • USC Annenberg School for Communication, Journalism
  • Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
  • USC Rossier School of Education
  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • USC Roski School of Fine Arts
  • USC Davis School of Gerontology
  • USC Gould School of Law
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • USC Thornton School of Music
  • Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • USC School of Pharmacy
  • Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
  • USC School of Policy, Planning and Development
  • USC School of Social Work
  • USC School of Theatre

Student Life

USC is a large university and there are a host of student services available to help students navigate campus life. There are "Academic Services" that include online resources, academic support, libraries and computing.  Through "Campus Life" USC offers countless campus activities and programs, groups and organizations for students to become involved in.  Other student resources include Career Services, Financial Services, Student Health Services, International Students and New Students services, as well as the many programs and services offered through Student Affairs.  Intramural sports and spirit groups are a popular way to get involved in campus life and meet other students.

There are at least 12 residence halls on the USC campuses and many more USC-owned properties nearby that provide housing to students.  USC has three main restaurants on campus that have a selection of menu plans and are conveniently located near the residence halls.

Athletics

Athletics are an important part of the college experience at USC.  The USC Trojans teams compete in the following intercollegiate sports:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its two main campuses, USC runs programs at several locations throughout Southern California (Marina del Rey, Orange County, among others) as well as educational centers in Sacramento, California and Washington, D.C.

Community Life

USC is located in the heart of Los Angeles with many important museums close by and a host of recreational facilities and attractions in the area.  The USC Arts & Events Calendar offers an award-winning selection of art exhibits, public lectures, music, theatre, and film.  Additionally, there are many cultural events and activities in the Los Angeles area, as well as the many tourist attractions offered by Hollywood and the entertainment industry.

USC has many partnerships with organizations and groups in its surrounding neighborhoods and communities, offering students many opportunities to get involved in community programs, campaigns and initiatives that benefit local children, families and community members.

Acceptance Rate

11.42

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Carnegie Mellon University, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Pittsburgh, PA, it resides in an urban setting for students to study in. Around 11,000 students enroll at Carnegie Mellon University yearly. Here is a list of some of the popular programs Carnegie Mellon University offers:

  • Computer And Information Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Engineering
  • Public Administration And Social Services
Students applying for admission are usually asked to submit an application, transcripts, records, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions committee. The majority of students admitted to this school achieve an SAT score within the range of 1950 - 2250, or an ACT composite score in a range of 29 - 33. Carnegie Mellon University admits roughly 30 percent of students applying yearly. Of those admitted, nearly 29 percent of students attended the school. More information on admissions can be found at my.cmu.edu. The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $48,000, but may change from year to year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's tuition calculator to better estimate their personal tuition costs. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is estimated to be $7,200. Students attending this school may be eligible for aid which is typically scholarships, grants, and loans. The mascot for Carnegie Mellon University is the "Tartans", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include:
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)
  • Golf (NCAA Division III)
Contact information, financial aid information, areas of study, and more may be accessed on school's website at www.cmu.edu/.

Acceptance Rate

15.44

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

New York University's main campus is located in Greenwich Village. It is a private, non-sectarian, research university and the largest non-profit institution of higher learning in the US. Study abroad facilities are located in a wide variety of countries around the globe. New sites are planned for Abu Dhabi in 2010 and Washington DC in 2012.

History

New York University was established on April 18, 1831 by bankers, merchants and traders in order to provide young men with a higher education. They were to be admitted on merit alone, with no focus on social status or birthright.

On April 12, 1831, the New York State Legislature gave the school its charter and it was incorporated as the University of the City of New York. The name was changed to New York University in 1896 by popular demand. The first students were welcomed in 1832 and attended classes in rented rooms of Clinton Hall.

Academics

New York University is ranked 22nd of the world's top universities by the Global University Ranking. It is made up of 16 colleges, institutions and schools. When the university was founded, the only school was the College of Arts and Science.

Undergraduate schools include:

  • Education of Human Development
  • Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • School of Social Work
  • Stunhardt School of Culture
  • Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • Stern School of Business
  • Tisch School of Arts

Postgraduate schools include:

  • Institute of Fine Arts
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Dentistry
  • Institute of Study of the Ancient World
  • School of Law
  • Courant School of Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Graduate School of Arts and Science
  • Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

New York University is the only private university in the US with two medical schools, as it also awards the degrees for Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Campuses

New York State University's buildings are situated on approximately 229 acres between 14th Street in the north, Broadway on the east, Avenue of the Americas to the west and Houston Street to the south. Washington Square Park is the core of New York University's buildings and has been since 1970. The Washington Square Arch is the unofficial symbol of the University.

During the 1990s, New York University became a double square university when a second community was established around Union Square. Other campuses and facilities include but are not limited to:

  • Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • New York University Medical Center
  • Belleview Hospital Center

Athletics

New York University's sports teams are known as the Violets. Their colors are violet and white. Dictated by geography and history, Columbia University are their rival. The University's team mascot is the bobcat. Most of New York University's sport teams participate in the University Athletic Association and the NCAA's Division III.

Student Life

The governing student body at New York University is the Student Senators Council. The University has more than 350 clubs and organizations for students on campus. These include fraternities, sororities, sports teams and those that focus on arts, culture and entertainment.

New York University first formed a Greek community in 1837. Greek  life at New York University is governed by four boards.

Community Life

New York is known as The City That Never Sleeps and there is much to see and do. Take in a festival, enjoy nightlife, enjoy a Broadway show or visit Rockefeller Center or Central Park.

There are an abundance of free venues, such as Central Park Stage, Brooklyn Museum, BB King Blues Club and Grill, Studio Museum of Harlem, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum. Be sure to check times for free admission and also check out other free venues. There's something for everyone in New York City.

Acceptance Rate

16.2

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Northeastern University (NEU) is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts known for offering interdisciplinary, experiential learning. Northeastern University offers a mix of experience-based learning programs that include a cooperative education program, student research, global learning and service learning. NEU has degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  It offers 94 undergraduate programs and 169 graduate programs.  NEU is expanding its research programs to encompass the areas of health, security and sustainability.

What is unique about Northeastern is its 100-year-old "Co-op" program. Short for "cooperative education", the Co-op approach to education at Northeastern provides students with experiences in the U.S. and abroad that foster the development of a global perspective, along with knowledge and awareness. Through the Co-op program, students engage in 18 months of professional experience at a co-op partner site in the U.S. or in one of 50 countries around the world.

The faculty members of Northeastern University bring real-world experience to the classroom, and take an interdisciplinary approach to their teaching and their research. Students at Northeastern have ample opportunity to participate in research with the faculty in all degree programs, with access to advanced research facilities on and off campus.  Online learning is also offered, with the same level of scholarship as the campus-based programs.

The mission of Northeastern University:

To educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment, and to create and translate knowledge to meet global and societal needs.

History

Northeastern University was founded in 1898.

Academics

The academic calendar for Northeastern University follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters and a summer "term."

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts, Media and Design
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Computer and Information Science
  • College of Engineering
  • Bouve College of Health Sciences
  • College of Professional Studies
  • College of Science
  • College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • School of Law

Student Life

Students at Northeastern can become actively engaged on campus through the more than 260 student clubs and organizations that are offered. There are media groups, honor societies, intramural sports clubs, academic organizations, performing arts and professional organizations, and more.  There are many fraternities and sororities, campus events, activities and student services.  There are many opportunities for community partnerships, volunteer service, and participation in the AmeriCorps program.

On and off campus housing is available, along with several options for dining and a campus grocery store.  There is a 24/7 escort service to ensure student safety for those traversing the campus at night.

Athletics

The "Huskies" (Husky) athletic teams of Northeastern compete in 18 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Ice Hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Ice Hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

The Northeastern University campus is located in the heart of Boston, and is accessible by public transportation. The Boston Logan airport is minutes away from campus, and many hotels are within walking distance or a short drive away.  Shopping, restaurants, entertainment and recreation are all within easy reach of the centrally located campus.

Acceptance Rate

18.05

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

University of California - Irvine (UCI) is an institution of higher learning and research, and one of the fastest-growing campuses in the University of California system.  It is situated in the heart of Orange County, in Southern California. Consistently ranked among the nation's top universities, UCI is known for its top-rated academic programs and professional schools. Some of UCI's newer programs include public health, pharmaceutical sciences, nursing science, and its School of Law.

UCI offers more than 80 academic majors and 63 minors for undergraduates. UCI offers more than 100 academic disciplines at the graduate degree levels, with 53 master's degree programs, and 45 doctoral programs. Professional degree programs include the M.D., Ed.D. and J.D. UCI provides graduate students with many opportunities to participate in research initiatives and interdisciplinary programs.

UCI is known as one of the top research universities in the world, thanks to a distinguished faculty of scholars and scientists. Included among the faculty are two Nobel laureates, two Medal of Science recipients, more than 20 National Academy of Science members, among others. UCI faculty are also acclaimed in the arts, literature and other disciplines, with three Pulitzer Prize winners, more than 50 Fulbright scholars, and nearly 40 Guggenheim Fellows, among others.

The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UCI is the first in the UC System, and is one of the fastest-growing programs of its kind in the U.S.

UCI also offers an Extension program for continuing education focusing on professional and personal enrichment.

History

The Irvine Company contributed 1,000 acres of land for the University of California, Irvine campus in 1960. UCI officially opened in 1965 with eight buildings on its campus. Over the years, many renowned architects contributed to additional buildings at the UCI campus.

There were nearly 120 faculty members and just over 1,500 students enrolled on campus when the school opened.

Academics

The academic calendar of the University of California - Irvine follows the quarter format, with fall, winter, spring and summer quarters.

Colleges and Schools

The University of California - Irvine, refers to its departments, colleges, schools and programs as "Academic Units," which are:

  • Claire Trevor School of the Arts
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Department of Education
  • The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
  • College of Health Sciences
  • School of Humanities
  • Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • Program in Nursing Science
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • School of Physical Sciences
  • Program in Public Health
  • School of Social Ecology
  • School of Social Sciences

 UCI also has numerous research centers and institutes.

Student Life

The Student Affairs Office at the University of California - Irvine offers a range of student services that are gathered in clusters: Auxiliary Services, Campus Recreation, Counseling Services, Health Services, Enrollment Services, Dean of Students and Student Housing.

The Anteater Recreation Center (ARC) offers a host of student activities and amenities, including fitness facilities, activity rooms, family/children's time, an aquatics plaza, a rock wall, roller rink, multiple intramural sports clubs, many social, academic and cultural clubs, cooking and nutrition classes, dance classes, yoga, swimming lessons, team building and leadership programs, and more.

On campus student housing is available, along with a range of dining services.

Traditions

The school colors are blue and gold, and the school mascot is the anteater. When the UCI was founded in 1965, students voted for their favorite mascot. The anteater won over the other possibilities that were promoted, including the unicorns, eagles, golden bears, and sea hawks, among others.

Athletics

UCI "Anteater" athletic teams have earned 26 national titles in nine sports. Anteaters have won more than 60 individual national titles. More than 40 "Anteater" athletes have competed in the Olympics.  The UCI Anteater athletics teams participate in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

 Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Community Life

UCI is located in the Irvine, California, which has been voted the "safest city in America" for several years running. The UCI campus offers all the best of California, including nearby beaches, mountains, deserts, and plenty of entertainment and culture.

UC Irvine is Orange County's largest employer, and has a significant economic impact on the area. The campus community of UC Irvine is founded on several core principles: respect, intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation, and fun.

UCI's faculty, students and staff contribute to the community through programs that address social issues. The UC Irvine Medical Center and UC Irvine Douglas Hospital offer cutting-edge medicine and the latest technologies to the area's citizens.

UCI engages the community through many public events and activities, including campus performances and speaking engagements that are open to the public. A recent headliner was the His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Acceptance Rate

26.54

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

WPI provides a variety of program options for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Worcester, MA and operated as a private institution. Worcester Polytechnic Institute has an annual student enrollment of nearly 5,400. Students may pick from a few areas of study, including:

  • Engineering
  • Computer And Information Sciences
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
Students applying for admission are asked to submit an application, transcripts, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Worcester Polytechnic Institute admits around 60 percent of students applying. Of those accepted, nearly 25 percent of students enrolled. More information regarding admissions can be found here by accessing the school's website at wpi.edu. The cost of tuition is close to $44,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to use the school's price of attendance calculator to better understand their cost of attendance. Housing may be available for students that want to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $7,700 each year. Worcester Polytechnic Institute may provide financial aid for students who qualify as grants and loans. The mascot for Worcester Polytechnic Institute is the "Engineers", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through oversight by the NCAA. Sports available:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)
Students should visit the Worcester Polytechnic Institute website to see a complete list of programs offered, financial aid details, and more.

Acceptance Rate

49.37

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a nonprofit private institution located in Troy, New York and provides a large number of program options for students. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has a yearly student enrollment of nearly 6,700. Students may choose from many areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Engineering
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Computer And Information Sciences
  • Engineering Technology
  • Architecture
  • Communications And Journalism
To be considered for admissions, you may be asked to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit school transcripts, which are then reviewed by the admissions committee. The most common exam scores among students accepted to RPI are in the range of 26 - 30 on the ACT, or 1870 - 2170 on the SAT exam. Approximately 40% of all students that applied were accepted at this school, with 21% of those admitted choosing to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found at rpi.edu. The cost of undergraduate tuition is around $47,000, but may change from year to year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's net price calculator to better estimate their cost of attendance. Student housing is available for students, which costs about $7,500 for the year. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the required requirements in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Red Hawks participate in a number of intercollegiate athletic programs, within the NCAA organization. Available sports offered may include the following:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
Students can take a look at the school's http://www.rpi.edu to see additional information.

Acceptance Rate

47.41

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Marist College, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Poughkeepsie, New York, the school offers a suburban setting for students to study in. Marist College has an annual student enrollment of about six thousand.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Services

Students applying for admission are most often asked to submit an application, transcripts, records, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by admissions staff. This school has an admissions rate of around 34 percent of which only 31 percent chose to attend. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $32,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and that is why students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to get a better idea of their cost of attendance. The cost of on-campus housing is estimated to be $8,600 annually. Marist College may offer financial aid for students that are eligible as grants and loans.

The Marist College "Red Foxes" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)

Students should visit the Marist College website to obtain a complete list of academic programs offered, financial aid details, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

49.23

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

American University is a nonprofit private institution located in Washington, District Of Columbia and provides a large number of degree programs for students. The United Methodist affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and curriculum that defines the school. Enrollment at AU exceeds 13,000 per year.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education

Students applying for admission are most often asked to submit an application, school records, test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Most common test scores among applicants admitted to AU are between 26 - 30 on the ACT, or 1750 - 2050 for the SAT exam. 42% of those students that apply are accepted to American University, of which 20% choose to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found at american.edu.

The cost of tuition is close to $42,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and as such students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. The cost of on-campus housing is estimated to be $10,000 for the year. Students at this school may be eligible for aid which is generally scholarships, grants, and loans.

Athletic programs are available at American University through the NCAA, allowing students to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Sports available may include:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Lacrosse (NCAA Division I-AAA)

To see a full list of academic programs offered, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please visit the school's website at http://www.american.edu.

Acceptance Rate

36.08

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Chapman University, located in Orange, California, was founded in 1861 as what was then known as Hesperian College. The school was established by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and since its first day of operations admitted men, women and people of color.

In 1934 the school changed its name to Chapman University to commemorate Charles Clarke Chapman, the Valencia orange magnate, due to his endowment of the school. In 1954 the school moved, taking over the former Orange Union High School campus. By 1965, Chapman began operating World Campus Afloat, a ship that allows Chapman Students to take a semester at sea, travelling to a variety of locations, participating in research and philanthropic activities. Chapman is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in California.

Academics

Chapman provides undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields. The undergraduate programs are based in a liberal arts and sciences foundation that encourages cross discipline activity. Such activities allow for students to pursue and create their own educational opportunities in conjunction faculty and staff.

Study abroad programs, research projects, and attention to the arts are all part of the Chapman University experience. By encouraging students to pursue practical experience building opportunities, the school hopes to develop young minds and widen their field of opportunity and possibility.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Individuals seeking admission to Chapman University must submit a completed application with the application fee, all applicable transcripts, SAT and/or ACT scores and a letter of recommendation. Some programs may have additional requirements that must be fulfilled for the application process to proceed. Individuals should research their major of choice to ensure that all requirements are met. Once the application and all supplemental material are received, the admissions office will review the application and provide an answer in a timely fashion.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships and work study programs. Students must determine eligibility for aid through the Student Aid Report provided by a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid awards are based on need, and will disbursed as such. Scholarships may be awarded to students based on criterion other than need. Additional information is available through the school website and the financial aid office.

Athletics

The Chapman University Jaguars are a Nation Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III school and a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). The school understands the value of maintaining active sports programs, as it helps students develop skill that will be useful in their professional careers as well as provides a distraction and morale boost for students as a whole. As a result, Chapman offers a wide variety of sports programs for both men and women.

Sports programs:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball (Men Only)
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball (Women Only)
  • Football (Men Only)
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Water Polo
  • Track and Field (Women Only)
  • Volleyball
  • Lacrosse
  • Golf (Men Only)
  • Sailing
  • Ice Hockey (Men Only)
  • Cheerleading

Clubs and Organizations

Chapman University is home to over 90 clubs and organizations that offer students opportunities to pursue interests and meet likeminded individuals. Some clubs may promote civic activity, while others may focus on games and tournaments, while others still may choose to focus attention to specific field of study.

Students may engage in activities on and off campus, promote events, and develop programs. Clubs and organizations exist to provide social aspects to the college experience that may be lacking in dorms or classrooms and may augment the education one pursues.

Some clubs and organizations at Chapman University:

  • Anime Escape
  • Chapman on Broadway
  • Improv Inc.
  • Anyone Can Cook
  • Panther Vision

Students may also begin clubs to encourage growth in topics and fields that have not been met by other clubs or organizations. The university provides guidelines and forms online, and interested students may work together to establish a new Chapman University tradition.

Acceptance Rate

55.65

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

About
The University of California - Santa Cruz, located in Santa Cruz, California, was founded in 1965, though plans for the school date as early as 1930. The school is a member of the University of California System, one of the largest college systems in the United States. The campus was placed in Santa Cruz over competing San Jose due to the locations beauty, but the remote nature of the location required the construction of residential housing by the school. The school was designed to offer a small liberal arts college feel with the resources of a full research institution.

Campus
The northern part of the campus has remained undeveloped and forested, allowing for hiking trails and is used as a residential area for recreational vehicles. The school is bordered by the Santa Cruz Mountains, Harvey West Park, and the Pogonip Open Space Preserve. The campus is connected by footbridges allowing for quick travel and his home to student built shrines made from detritus from the woods. Several natural points of interest exist throughout the campus, including the Porter Caves. The school's proximity to nature and open minded atmosphere provide a unique atmosphere for learning.

Academics
University of California - Santa Cruz offers a large number of majors, allowing students to choose the program of study that best suits their future academic and professional goals. Students will take courses related to their major as well as general education requirements, some may choose to take elective courses outside of their area of study or pursue a minor degree which provide additional educational opportunities outside their major. Graduate programs are also available, having separate requirements for admission including an undergraduate degree.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at UC Santa Cruz may qualify for admission by meeting one of three requirements. The first is earning a GPA of 3.0 (3.4 for out of state applicants), the second is being in the top 9% of one's graduating class, and the third is having earned extremely high standardized test scores. Students must submit a completed application for admission, along with essay, transcripts and test scores which will be reviewed by the admissions committee. Once a decision is rendered, the student will be notified and provided the necessary for beginning their college experience. Graduate students must have an undergraduate degree and most programs require a high GRE score to be considered for admission. California residents are given enrollment priority.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Students in need of financial assistance must obtain a federal PIN and submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report (SAR) from which will be used to determine financial need, program eligibility and monetary awards. Financial aid must be reapplied for at the start of each academic year, and may be asked to provide additional financial documentation to verify the accuracy of the SAR prior to the disbursement of funds.

Athletics
The UCSC Banana Slugs participate in intercollegiate athletics through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. Intercollegiate athletics provide students with the opportunity to participate in healthy competition with rival schools on a controlled environment, learning skills and habits that are useful in one's person, academic and professional life. These include teamwork, discipline, and good health habits. Students will also experience the camaraderie associated with experiencing the shared successes and failures with their teammates. Students are encouraged to participate in tryouts, which take place throughout the year for varying sports. Dates, times and forms may be obtained through the athletic department.

Athletic programs offered:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Acceptance Rate

51.31

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

University of Denver provides a variety of degree programs for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Denver, Colorado and operated as a private institution. Enrollment at DU exceeds twelve thousand per year.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs University of Denver offers:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Social Sciences

Students applying for admission are generally asked to submit an application, transcripts, records, test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by admissions officials. Very common scores among applicants accepted to DU are between 25 to 30 on the ACT, or 1650 to 1970 for the SAT exam. University of Denver admits about 70% of students applying. Of those applicants admitted, nearly 17% enrolled.

Tuition is approximately $42,000 for the year, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students should visit the school's net price calculator to determine a more personalized cost estimate. Housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is around $7,100. Some students at this school may qualify for financial aid, which is generally offered as scholarships, grants, and loans.

DU participates in sports through the NCAA's Sun Belt Conference in Basketball.

For a complete list of programs offered, enrollment information, financial aid details, and more, please visit the school's website at http://www.du.edu.

Acceptance Rate

58.71

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Bennington College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and helps students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Bennington, Vermont, which is a predominantly rural area. The school's smaller size in terms of enrollment, around 800 students, offers students a more hands on education due to the size of the class and ease of access to professors.

Students can pick from a few areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • English Language And Literature
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Foreign Languages And Literature

Students applying for admission are usually required to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the school. Roughly 70 percent of all applicant were admitted at Bennington College, with 26 percent of those admitted choosing to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found at bennington.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $47,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to visit the school's tuition calculator to better estimate their cost of attending this school. Housing is available for students and costs around $7,200 for the year. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the necessary requirements.

Students should take a look at the school's http://www.bennington.edu to see additional information.

Acceptance Rate

60.79

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Pratt Institute - Main is a nonprofit private institution located in Brooklyn, NY and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. Pratt Institute - Main has an annual student enrollment of approximately 4,600.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Pratt Institute - Main offers:

  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Library Science
  • Architecture
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Students applying for admission are most often required to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. Students may take either the ACT or SAT scores to be considered for admissions to Pratt Institute - Main. A score in a range of 1530 - 1900 on the SAT, or 23 - 29 for the ACT is common among admitted students. This school has an acceptance rate of around 65 percent of which only 27 percent decided to attend. More information on admissions can be found at pratt.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $43,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and as such students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. On-campus housing is available for students and costs approximately $7,200 for the year. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the required requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

Students who would like to get more about Pratt Institute - Main may take a look at their website at http://www.pratt.edu.

Acceptance Rate

55.5

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Maryland Institute College of Art is a nonprofit private art school located in Baltimore, Maryland, that provides specialized education and training in a variety of art related fields. Over twenty different programs are offered at MICA, with a Master's degree being the highest level available. Listed below are the more popular programs offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Intermedia, Multimedia
  • Painting
  • Illustration
  • Sculpture

To help students and alumni succeed, MICA may offer services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Assistance to find work

Student success after graduation may be determined by a number of factors, including graduation rate and loan default. At Maryland Institute College of Art, the graduation rate is about 71%, and the school has an average loan default rate of around 3%.

The last reported accreditation for this school was done by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. To read more and get consumer disclosures, you can visit mica.edu.

Acceptance Rate

63.89

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Michigan State University, located in East Lansing, is a public research facility. It was a pioneer land grant institution when it was founded in 1855. Under the Morrill Act of 1862, Michigan State University served as a model for future land grant schools in the US.

History

Governor Kingsley S. Bingham signed a Bill on February 12, 1855, establishing the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan. It was the first agriculture college in the USA. Students were welcome to the school in May 1857. At that time 63 male students attended. There were five faculty members and three buildings to accommodate the students. A curriculum was designed by school President Joseph R. Williams to balance liberal arts, practical training and science.

Women were first admitted to the college in 1870, even though no female residences existed. The faculty created a women's course in 1896. Home economics, liberal arts and science were melded into the women's course and old Abbot Hall was transformed into a women's dorm. The first African American student was admitted in 1899.

The early 20th century saw the curriculum expanded extensively. At that time, the name of the school was changed to Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1946, the largest expansion in the school's history took place, due to the 1945 G.I Bill. In its Centennial year, 1955, the name of the school was changed to Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1964, the words Agriculture and Applied Science were dropped and the institution became known as Michigan State University.

Campuses

Michigan State University is comprised of the North and South Campuses. The North Campus is located on the banks for the Red Cedar River. It is the oldest campus and this is where the original buildings stood. None of them remain today. The South Campus is located south of the Red Cedar River and is home to the Horticulture Gardens and the 4-H Children's Garden.

Academics

Michigan State University ranks 80th in the world. It has more than 200 academic programs and is comprised of 17 degree granting colleges. The Nuclear Physics program is ranked second in the US. Other notable programs include:

  • College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • College of Human Medicine
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Criminal Justice
  • Hospitality Business
  • Dietetics
  • Communications
  • Political Science
  • Music Therapy

Athletics

Michigan State University offers 12 varsity sports for men and 13 for women. The teams are known as the Spartans. The school participates in all Big Ten Conference varsity sports with the exception of ice hockey.

Football started as a club sport in 1884 and gained varsity status in 1886. The Spartans football team competes in Spartan Stadium. Football has a long tradition at Michigan State University.

Student Life

Michigan State University has the largest resident hall system in the US. However, 58% of students live in apartments, co-ops, fraternities and sororities that are off-campus.

Michigan State University has one of the largest Greek populations in the US.

Community

Michigan State University has a huge campus that offers a country like setting for biking, jogging, running and hanging out with friends. Nature lovers can enjoy a feast of the senses in all four seasons at Sanford Natural Area or Beal Botanical Gardens. During the hot summer months, enjoy an ice cream at Michigan State University Dairy Store.

Take in a football game at Spartan Stadium and watch the Spartans take on a competitive opponent. For sky-watchers, visit Abrahms Planetarium on Friday or Saturday night or Sunday afternoon for a public show.

Golf courses are plentiful in the area for those who love to hit the greens for a round of golf. History buffs will enjoy Kresge Art Museum with its collection of over 6500 Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts, among other exhibits, including medieval illuminations, paintings, prints and sculptures.

No matter what your interests, there is a variety of things to see and do in East Lansing, Michigan.

Acceptance Rate

71.12

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Quinnipiac University provides a variety of program options for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Hamden, CT and operated as a private institution. Nearly eight thousand students enroll at Quinnipiac University yearly.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Quinnipiac University offers:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Communications And Journalism

Students applying for admission are usually asked to submit an application, transcripts, records, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the school. The most common test scores among students accepted to Quinnipiac University are within the range of 22 to 26 for the ACT exam, or 1500 to 1780 on the SAT exam. This school has an acceptance rate of around 63 percent of which only 13 percent decided to enroll. More information on admissions can be found at quinnipiac.edu.

Tuition is approximately $40,000 per year, though it may change based on different types of circumstances. Students should visit the school's net price calculator to determine a more personalized cost estimate. Some students at this school may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically offered as scholarships, grants, and loans.

The mascot for Quinnipiac University is the "Bobcats", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through oversight by the NCAA. Sports available:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division I-AAA)

Acceptance Rate

70.12

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Bradley University is a nonprofit private institution located in Peoria, Illinois and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. Enrollment at BU is nearly 5,800 yearly.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Computer And Information Sciences

Students applying for admission are generally required to submit an application, transcripts, records, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to be able to apply to BU. Scores between 22 to 28 on the ACT or 1540 to 1900 on the SAT are needed to increase your chances for getting accepted. This school has an admissions rate of about 70 percent of which only 22 percent decided to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $29,000, but may change each year. Students are encouraged to use the school's price of attendance calculator to better understand their cost of attending Bradley University. Housing may be available for students that would like to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $5,300 per year. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

The BU "Braves" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs available:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division I-AAA)

Contact information, academics information, areas of study, and more can be viewed on school's website at http://www.bradley.edu.

Acceptance Rate

70.21

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Indiana Wesleyan University is a nonprofit private school that has a large selection of degrees available for students to choose from. The school is located in Marion, Indiana, in a predominantly rural area. The school maintains a Wesleyan affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Approximately sixteen thousand students are enrolled per year at IWU. Areas of study available at IWU include but are not limited to:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Security And Protective Services
Students applying for admission are most often required to submit an application, school records, test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by admissions officials. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to apply to IWU. Scores within the range of 21 - 27 on the ACT or 1400 - 1740 on the SAT are needed to increase the chance of getting accepted. Indiana Wesleyan University admits approximately 70 percent of applicants. Of those admitted, around 48 percent registered for enrollment. More information regarding admissions can be found here. Undergraduate tuition is approximately $24,000 for the year, though it may change based on different types of circumstances. Students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to get a more personalized estimate of costs. The price of on-campus housing is about $3,800 per year. Some students at Indiana Wesleyan University may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically offered in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. The IWU Wildcats participate in several athletic programs, as part of the NAIA organization. Athletic programs available may include:
  • Baseball (NAIA Division II)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NAIA Division II)
  • Golf (NAIA Division II)
  • Soccer (NAIA Division II)
Contact information, admission forms, programs offered, and more may be accessed on school's website at http://www.indwes.edu.

Acceptance Rate

67

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

DePaul University, located in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the largest private universities in the nation. It offers more than 275 undergraduate and graduate programs of study, many of which have earned top rankings. More than 45 specialized centers and institutes address social issues as part of an integrated academic curriculum, and the service-learning program at DePaul is one of the best.  DePaul has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation, and proactively incorporates multiple viewpoints into academic curricula and student life.

Alumni of DePaul University are highly acclaimed in many areas, including business, economy, law and the arts. Among notable alumni are former Kellogg Company CEO James Jenness, actors John C. Reilly and Gillian Anderson, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Perle, and more than 250 judges working in courtrooms throughout the Chicago area.

History

DePaul University, founded in 1898 by the Vincentian Congregation of the Mission, was named for French priest, St. Vincent de Paul. The philosophies and mission of DePaul University still reflect the teachings of St. Vincent de Paul.

Academics

The academic calendar of DePaul University follows the quarter system.

Colleges and Schools

DePaul University has ten schools and colleges, including:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Science and Health
  • College of Commerce
  • College of Communication
  • College of Computing and Digital Media
  • College of Education
  • College of Law
  • School for New Learning
  • School of Music
  • The Theatre School

Student Life

There are more than 300 student clubs and organizations on campus, including fraternities and sororities, representing a wide range of interests such as politics and activism, sports, cultures, academics, media and publications, professional associations, performance and entertainment, religions, and public service. The Office of Student Involvement provides many opportunities for engagement through campus activities, and the DePaul Activities Board organizes a full calendar of campus events.

On campus housing is available, with16 residence halls and apartments offering a variety of living accommodations. Many dining options are also available.

Traditions

The DePaul school colors are blue and red, and the athletic teams are named the "Blue Demons."  The school motto is: "I will show you the way of wisdom" from Proverbs, IV, 11.

Athletics

The DePaul "Blue Demons" athletic teams belong to the Big East Conference and compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

DePaul University is comprised of six campuses in locations around Chicago, as follows:

  • Lincoln Park
  • Loop
  • Naperville
  • O'Hare
  • Oak Forest
  • Rolling Meadows

Community Life

DePaul University is known for its community involvement, fostering social responsibility and public service among its students. The Office of Community-based Service Learning identifies mutually beneficial opportunities for students and community partners to work together on a variety of projects.

Chicago itself is a very diverse city with more than 60 ethnic communities that each has a distinct neighborhood. This diversity is reflected in the range of ethnic restaurants and festivals throughout the city. Students at DePaul also enjoy the many museums, music events, theatre performances, arts and entertainment that the city offers.  Summer events are focused in the areas around the lakefront and in the city's many parks.

Acceptance Rate

68.22

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott provides a variety of degree programs for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Prescott, Arizona and operated as a private institution. Approximately a thousand students are enrolled yearly at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott.

A list of some of the popular programs are:

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Airline Pilot and Flight Crew
  • Aviation
  • International Relations
  • Business Administration

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, school records, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions staff. Very common test scores among applicants accepted to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott are within the range of 23 to 28 on the ACT, or 1016 to 1230 on the SAT. Roughly 80 percent of all students that applied were admitted at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott, with 32 percent of those accepted choosing to attend.

The cost of tuition is close to $33,000, but may change from year to year. Students are encouraged to use the school's net price calculator to better estimate their cost of attendance. Student housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is estimated to be $5,500. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott may help with costs by offering financial aid for students who qualify by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

Students who wish to learn more about Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott can check out their website at http://www.erau.edu.

Acceptance Rate

65.7

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

CBU provides a variety of program options for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Memphis, Tennessee and operated as a private institution. The Roman Catholic affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and curriculum that defines the school. Enrollment at CBU is nearly 1,800 yearly.

Areas of study available at Christian Brothers University include:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Physical Sciences

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, school records, and standardized test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions staff. An ACT or SAT exam is required prior to applying, with scores in a range of 960 to 1250 on the SAT and within the range of 21 to 26 for the ACT exam is typical among students admitted to CBU. Roughly 50 percent of all students that applied were accepted at CBU, with 33 percent of those accepted choosing to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is around $29,000, but may change per year. Students are encouraged to use the school's net price calculator to better estimate their cost of attending this school. Christian Brothers University may offer financial aid for students that qualify as loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The mascot for CBU is the "Buccaneers", and they participate in intercollegiate sports through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Athletic programs offered may include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division II)

Students can visit the school's http://www.cbu.edu to view additional information.

Acceptance Rate

50.15

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Founded in 1820, Indiana University in Bloomington has since become the flagship campus of the Indiana University System and the main campus of Indiana University. IU Bloomington is a major research university that is distinguished among the best universities in the world, offering over 300 undergraduate programs and nearly 200 professional degrees. Among its institutions are the Kelley School of Business, Maurer School of Law, and the Schools of Education, Public and Environmental Affairs, and Journalism.

The university is also known for its Individualized Major Program which allows students to tackle multidisciplinary studies, leading to a bachelor of arts degree conferred by the IUB College of Arts and Sciences. Students with exemplary academic performances are recruited into the Hutton Honors College, with provisions for merit scholarships and admission to the Honors Residential Community.

Situated over 2,000 acres, IUB is home to numerous cultural institutes and research centers, including the Kinsey Institute, IU Research and Teaching Preserve, and the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. The university also features the Jacobs School of Music, known as one of the best music schools in the world.

Students are given the opportunity to participate in fundraising events for charity and scholarships such as the Little 500 bicycle race, IU Sing, and the Dance Marathon. Notable campus traditions include painting the Jordan Avenue bridges for student events and the Senior Tree Dedication, an annual event sponsored by the current graduating class. Participation in athletic events are led by the IU Hoosiers, known mostly for achievements by the men's basketball and soccer teams.

Acceptance Rate

77.91

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Kansas City Art Institute is a nonprofit private art school located in Kansas City, Missouri, that provides specialized education and training in a variety of art related fields. Kansas City Art Institute has more than twenty different programs available, with a Bachelor's degree being the highest level available. The more popular enrolled programs among aspiring artists are shown below:

  • Painting
  • Animation
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
Student and special services are available at Kansas City Art Institute, giving personal and academic assistance for students, which includes:
  • Online course work available
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
Student success after graduation may be determined by a number of factors, including graduation rate and loan default. At Kansas City Art Institute, the graduation rate is around 77%, and the school has an average loan default rate of around 10%. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation has accredited the instruction & training provided by Kansas City Art Institute for over sixty-six straight years. To read more and get consumer disclosures, you can visit kcai.edu.

Acceptance Rate

56.55

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Abilene Christian University, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Abilene, Texas, it resides in an urban setting for students to study in. The school's Churches of Christ affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's vision. Approximately four thousand students are enrolled annually at Abilene Christian University. A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Family And Consumer Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school transcripts, which are then studied by admissions officials. An ACT or SAT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 995 - 1230 for the SAT exam and in a range of 22 - 28 for the ACT exam is common among students accepted to ACU. 64% of those students that apply are admitted to Abilene Christian University, of which 39% choose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found here. The cost of tuition is approximately $28,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and as such students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to understand their cost of attendance. Housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is about $4,000. Some students at ACU may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically provided as scholarships, grants, and loans. The ACU "Wildcats" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs offered include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
For a complete list of academic programs offered, enrollment information, financial aid details, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.acu.edu.

Acceptance Rate

61.48

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

Game Design College Requirements

Individuals seeking an education in video game design may do so through a variety of options, though generally will seek schools that offer specialized programs in the field. Individuals will learn about the various aspects of game development, working individually and with others in order to create working prototypes, tests, and playable demos in order to demonstrate understanding and skill. Students will learn to use various programs and computers in order to realize their designs and to implement their ideas.

A curriculum may include:

Schools that provide and education in video game design should be up to date in terms of their software and hardware, providing an environment that can provide a relevant and current education. Schools that have relationships with video game studios, developers and publishers are generally preferable as they allow for work experience prior to graduating, as well as possible employment for those who complete their program.

In a recent survey by the U.S. Department of Labor, game designers across the country provided insight into their work and core skills. The most relevant data to come from the survey is the latent skills of a game designer and the technology skills required to perform the job at a high level. Below you will find a summary of the most relevant skills:

Top Programming Skills of a Game Designer

  1. Development Environment Software - examples include Adobe ActionScript, C, Unity, DirectMedia Layer SDL
  2. Graphical User Interface Development Software - GUI and Microsoft Expression Blend
  3. Graphics and Photo Imaging Software - PhotoShop, Visio, OpenGL
  4. Component or Object Oriented Software - C++, C#, Perl, Python
  5. Video Creating & Editing Software - Adobe AfterEffect, Autodesk 3Ds Max

Top Attributes of a Game Designer

  1. Programming - includes writing computer programs, applications, and software for a variety of purposes.
  2. Active Listening - the ability to provide someone your undivided attention to ensure directions are clear and communication is clean.
  3. Complex Problem Solving - identifying and synthesizing disparate information to arrive at workable solutions for the team and organization.
  4. Critical Thinking - leveraging reason and logic to draw viable conclusions to problems that exist with known and unknown information.
  5. Reading Comprehension - carefully reading instructions and effectively process the information in an effort to translate it into actionable steps.
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Employment Opportunities & Career Outlook in Game Design

The median annual income for a game designer is $85,510 which translates to $41.59 per hour.  There currently approximately 233,000 professional game designers and animators in the United States and jobs are expected to see around 37,700 job openings in the coming decade. A recent survey by the BLS reveals that nearly half of all game designers and animators are self-employed working on a contract basis or on-demand basis for larger companies.   Approximately 57% of game designers have a bachelor's degree and nearly 20% of game designers have earned an associate's degree.

Top Job Titles in Game Design

Job titles for game designers with a college degree include a number of options depending on the organization and customer demand.  The most common jobs for game designers include:

  • Design Director
  • Designer
  • Writer
  • Game Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Lead Game Designer
  • Lead Designer
  • World Designer
  • Senior Game Designer

The video game industry has exceed the film industry as one of the most profitable and fastest growing in the world.  Production of games from independent developers to 300 plus development teams exist, working to provide new and engaging game ideas. Individuals should expect to see employment growth greater than the national average and career opportunities abound over the next decade as new methods of development and distribution advance.  This, in turn, will foster diverse platforms allowing for vocational options for educated game designers across the country. The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and the ESA are organizations founded to help inform and inspire professionals in the field of game design.

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