NJIT has earned a No. 33 ranking on The Princeton Review's just-released list saluting the top 50 undergraduate schools for game design for 2018.
The Princeton Review chose the schools based on its 2017 survey of 150 institutions in the U.S., Canada and abroad offering game design degree programs or courses. The 40-question survey gathered data on everything from the schools' game design academic offerings and lab facilities to their graduates’ starting salaries and career achievements. More than 40 data points in four areas (academics, faculty, technology and career) were analyzed to tally the lists.
“I’m pleased that Princeton Review has, for the third consecutive year, included us in their list of top undergraduate schools to study game design,” said Glenn Goldman, director of NJIT’s School of Art + Design. “It is a recognition of the strong collaborative program we have between digital design in the School of Art + Design and information technology in the Department of Informatics.”
The game development program at NJIT launched in 2003 as part of the B.S. in Information Technology, specifically for students interested in programming and developing gaming experiences. In 2008, the College of Architecture and Design launched its digital design program, offering budding developers and programmers a B.A. in Digital Design, with a focus on game design, art and aesthetics. Over the past decade, NJIT has evolved into a community of designers and developers, artists and programmers, scientists and industry partners — all working together to shape the future of games and gaming technologies.
“Whether it’s creating characters or game art or writing the code that makes the games work, it’s possible to study that at NJIT,” added Goldman. “The fact that we’ve had more than 100 people participate in the Global Game Jam at NJIT for four years in a row shows that we have a critical mass in our community interested in entertainment and game design.”
"It has long been our mission to help students find — and get into — the best programs for their needs and interests," said Robert Franek, editor-in-chief for The Princeton Review. "For students aspiring to work in the exciting field of game design, we strongly recommend NJIT and each of the other top schools that made our 2018 lists. These schools offer extraordinary opportunities to launch a career in this industry. They have outstanding faculties and great facilities which will give students the skills and experience they need to pursue a career in this dynamic and burgeoning field.”