Lewis is named top 50 undergraduate game design programs

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Lewis University is named top 50 undergraduate game design programs

Published: March 3, 2010.

Lewis University is one of the 50 best undergraduate institutions in the U.S. and Canada to study game design, according to The Princeton Review, one of America’s most widely known education services and test preparation companies.

“Lewis University is proud of our programs directed toward emerging technologies. This distinction highlights the quality of our faculty, currency of curricula and success of our students. Lewis continues to develop relevant, cutting edge programs to address the dynamic workforce needs of industry and the region,” commented Stephany Schlachter, Provost.

The Princeton Review developed its “Top 50 Undergraduate Game Design Programs” list – the first project of its kind – in partnership with GamePro, one of the most respected brands in the video game industry, reaching over 3 million gamers a month. The list is reported in GamePro’s April 2010 issue and on the Web sites of The Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com) and GamePro (www.gamepro.com).

“This designation affirms what I have already witnessed in our classes. Our students are exceptional and they are prepared to be successful in their chosen profession upon graduation,” commented Ray Klump, associate professor of computer science.

Of the roughly 500 programs at which students can study game design in the U.S. and Canada, The Princeton Review selected these 50 programs based on a survey it conducted in 2009-10 of administrators at institutions offering game design coursework and/or degrees. The comprehensive survey numbered more than 50 questions and covered areas from academics and faculty credentials to graduates’ employment and career achievements. Criteria included the quality of the curriculum, faculty, facilities and infrastructure. The Princeton Review also looked at data on scholarships, financial aid and career opportunities.

Robert Franek, Princeton Review SVP/Publisher, said, “We salute Lewis University and the other outstanding institutions on our list for their exemplary work in game design education. It has long been our mission at The Princeton Review to help students research and get in to the education programs best for them.”

Franek acknowledged the assistance The Princeton Review received on this project from the ten-member national advisory board it formed to help design the survey instrument and methodology. Board members included administrators and faculty from respected game design programs, and professionals from some of the top gaming companies.

The top eight programs on The Princeton Review’s “Top 50 Undergraduate Game Design Programs” list (and the only schools ranked on the list) are profiled in the GamePro April issue feature about the list. In rank order, they are: University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA), Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA), Becker College (Worcester, MA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY), The Art Institute of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC (Canada)), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA). The remaining programs are from 27 states in the U.S.

The Princeton Review reports other school rankings, ratings and lists in several categories. Among them are its “100 Best Value Colleges” list recently reported in partnership with USA TODAY, and its widely followed college, business and law school rankings published in its guidebooks and Web site since the early 1990s. Princeton Review’s undergraduate college rankings in 62 categories are entirely based on its surveys of students attending the schools in its “Best Colleges” guidebook. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.

A Catholic university sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis offers nearly 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, accelerated degree completion options for working adults, various aviation programs and 22 graduate programs in nine fields. The ninth largest private, not-for-profit university in Illinois is being honored for the sixth consecutive year by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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