Princeton Review Ranks Becker Game Design #1 Program in New England

Published on Monday, March 1st, 2010

After evaluating 500 schools, The Princeton Review ranked Becker College the number one school for computer game design in New England.  The Princeton Review, known for its annual college "best" lists, selected Becker ahead of better known colleges and universities in New England, including Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked seventh and eighth on the list, respectively.

Other northeastern schools making the Top 50 include Dartmouth College, Amherst College, Hampshire College.  The top three ranked programs nationally were University of Southern California, DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Wash., Drexel University.

The Princeton Review based rankings for the “Top 50 Game Design Schools,” on academics, faculty, infrastructure, and career opportunities.

"The schools that scored exceptionally well, the top eight, were really top-notch when it came to all four," David Soto, director of content development at The Princeton Review said. Graduates’ employment, career achievements, quality of program curriculum, scholarships, and financial aid were also considered.

“Looking at that list, we feel like a David among Goliaths,” said chair of design programs Paul Cotnoir, of the “Top 50 Game Design Schools.” “Unlike the other large, research, or technical colleges, Becker College is a much smaller school with a diverse, broad-based curriculum. Princeton Review affirms Massachusetts’ role as an emerging hub for the industry and also validates game design as a bona-fide college major and career choice.”

“What distinguishes Becker from other schools is the emphasis on combining psychology, philosophy and ethics along with technical skills,” said Terrasa Ulm, instructor of design.

Since its inception in 2005, enrollment in the bachelor degree programs in computer game design and computer game development has grown to more than 100 students.

Ms. Ulm described other features that draw students to Becker’s game programs, “From the first day, they step into an amazing social and academic community within the program. Even the students working on their senior projects have created an informal independent company, living and working in the same residence hall. This camaraderie is truly motivational and does wonders for productivity."

Becker College will showcase its computer game development degree programs, as well as student and faculty work, at the Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX East, the three-day game festival for tabletop, videogame, and PC gamers on March 26-28 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

A complete ranking of the top fifty schools is scheduled for publication in the April issue of GamePro magazine.

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