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Our last blog post “Large Scholarships Lead to College Degrees and Careers in Video Gaming: eSports” has introduced you the growing popularity of video gaming degrees/programs.   Are you thinking about attending one of the best video gaming schools? You may make a good living after graduation!  Maybe this blog post has the right answer for you!

College-USA.org compiled three widely read rankings for video gaming schools or game designing schools, and compared their lists of top 50 schools and came up with our list of “top 40 schools” for your reference.

Sources of Ranking Info

Our final ranking is based on the rankings for “Best Video Game Schools” or “Best Game Design” Schools on three websites:

  1. The Princeton Review
  2. GameDesigning.org
  3. SuccessfulStudent.org

The Top 40 Video Gaming Schools

Even each of the three rankings has its faults and drawbacks, we think you still can use them as the reference but each should not be used alone.   Therefore we present you an integrated list of final ranking based on the three online sources.
Please note when a school is missing in one of the three rankings, we assume it is the “#51” school in that particular ranking.  So when you see “Null” in the table below, it stands for “#51.”  Due to this assumption, some schools may have the same ranking in our final list.

How the Data Gathered

According to each website’s description:

(1) The Princeton Review

“Based on a survey it conducted in 2016 of administrators at 150 institutions offering game design coursework and/or degrees” in the U.S., Canada, and some other countries.”

(2) GameDesigning.org 

“We’ve compiled a list of the what we believe are The 50 Best Video Game Design Schools in The United States.”

(3) SuccessfulStudent.org

“This ranking is from the student’s point of view.”   Factors involved in its ranking are “well-rounded academics, cost, career prospects in the gaming industry, cutting-edge technological instruction, a track record of graduates making an impact in commercial video games, and proximity to video game and entertainment epicenters.

The Dark Sides of Each Source

Each source has its own drawbacks:

  1. The Princeton Review: The data was collected from each participated schools’ answers. How objective could the data be?   Will any school mention their own shortcomings?  Could some schools make up the answers to boost their rankings?   Any independent thinker should raise these questions just like many have challenged the college rankings conducted by the U.S. News and World Report.
  2. GameDesigning.org: They failed to explain how the methodology was used for their compiled list and how the various parameters were taken into the consideration for their rankings.
  3. SuccessfulStudent.org: It said the ranking result was from students but it did not say how the participated students involved in the survey for its ranking.