OSU Game Design Program Ranked #15 in Nation

Posted: April 1, 2014

The Ohio State University has earned a # 15 ranking on The Princeton Review's just published-list saluting the best graduate schools to study video game design for 2014.

Compiled by The Princeton Review, one of America's best-known education and admission services companies, the 2014 list names 25 graduate schools in rank order (1 to 25).

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted in Fall 2013 of 150 programs at institutions offering video game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States, Canada, and some countries abroad.

The Company's 50-question survey asked schools to report on a range of topics from academic offerings and faculty credentials to graduatesí employment and professional achievements. Among criteria The Princeton Review weighed to make its selections: the school curriculum, faculty, facilities, and infrastructure, plus career services and technology.

"We are very honored to be included as one of the premier universities to perform research and graduate education in video game design. The success of our students has been noticed," says Dr. Roger Crawfis, Associate Professor and one of the key Faculty members involved in Game Design research in the Department Computer Science and Engineering.

Said Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP/Publisher, "It has long been our mission to help students find - and get into - the schools best for them. For students aspiring to become game designers, we highly recommend The Ohio State University as one of the best institutions to study and to launch a career in this exciting field. We also salute the faculty and staff at The Ohio State University and the other schools on our 2014 lists for their exceptional academic and professional contributions to their students and to the industry of game design."

The Princeton Review also reported a companion list of top 25 undergraduate schools to study game design for 2014. The Company's full report on this project is accessible at www.princetonreview.com/game-design. It includes profiles of the schools with application information and links to the school sites.

For the second consecutive year, The Princeton Review teamed up with PC Gamer, a monthly magazine published by Future plc (www.futureplc.com) as its reporting partner on this project. PC Gamer has a feature on the list in its May issue - available on newsstands April 1. The feature has information on some of the schools' degree programs, class offerings, events, prominent professors, and alumni.

The Princeton Review developed its "Top Schools To Study Game Design" project in 2009 with assistance from a national advisory board that helped 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 Princeton Review is also known for its annual rankings of colleges, law schools, and business schools in dozens of categories, which it reports on its site, and in its books including The Best 378 Colleges, The Best 295 Business Schools, and The Best 169 Law Schools.

The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.

The Department Of Computer Science And Engineering was established in 1968 and has long been a leader in computer graphics and animation research. OSU-CSE is part of an engineering graduate program ranked 26th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and is ranked within the top 20 public engineering programs. CSE's recent annual research expenditures exceeded $7+ million. The members of the world class faculty have received 27 NSF CAREER Awards, 8 IEEE Fellowships, 4 DOE Early Career Principal Investigator Awards, 2 ACM Fellowships, a 1 AAAI Fellowship, and a Computer Graphics Pioneer recognition. Research collaborations span multiple disciplines including medicine, art, electrical engineering, linguistics, geometry, and many more.

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