NJIT has placed 42nd on The Princeton Review's just-published list saluting the top 50 undergraduate schools to study game design for 2017. NJIT is the only New Jersey school to make the list.

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted in 2016 of 150 institutions offering game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States, Canada and some countries abroad.

The company's 40-question survey asked schools to report on everything from their academic offerings and faculty credentials to their graduates’ starting salaries and employment experience. Among criteria The Princeton Review weighed to make its selections: the school's academics, facilities, career services and technology.

“Game design is an exciting field and programs are springing up in colleges all over the world,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. “As we continue to help students find the best program for their needs and interests, we strongly recommend New Jersey Institute of Technology and each of the other schools that made our 2017 ranking lists. These schools 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.”

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 see where games and gaming technologies can take us next,” said Marc Sequeira, coordinator of Game Development for the Information Technology program at NJIT. Sequeira helped launch the program in 2003 as part of the B.S. in Information Technology, specifically for students interested in game development and programming.

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.