42. Adelphi University, Garden City, New York (top 40% of schools reviewed)
41. University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado (top 40% of schools reviewed)
Established in 1965, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The school, which sits on a 510-acre campus, is home to more than 10,000 students and enrollment reached an all-time high in 2010. UCCS offers 36 undergraduate, 19 graduate, and five doctoral degree programs.
Included in the school's degree offerings are unique and high-need programs such as a Geropsychology, PGA Golf Management, Homeland Security, Sports Management, and a Bachelor of Innovation. The UCCS Bachelor of Innovation™ Family of degrees consists of Business and Engineering degrees. Just a few members include the BI in Computer Science, the BI in Information Systems, and a BI in Game Design and Development.
Although the BI in Game Design and Development is the youngest member of the BI Family (est. 2007), it has quickly become one of the regions top programs for aspiring game designers. Related program offerings include the Film Studies program offered through the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and the BA in Communication with a Digital Filmmaking & Media Arts track. The BA in Communication is offered through the Communication Department, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.
Founded in 1869, Adelphi University is a small liberal arts college located just 24 miles from Manhattan. The school is home to more than 6,100 graduate and undergraduate students and it offers more than 75 academic programs. Although small, Adelphi houses nine colleges and schools. The College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers several programs for aspiring game designers.
Students may choose between the BS in Computer Science and the BS in Computer and Management Information Systems. Both degree programs offer a Game Development concentration. The Game Development concentration “focuses on the development of computer games and the relevant skills needed to create interactive software in a graphical, multi-player environment.” As part of the concentration, students will complete courses such as Game Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Graphics and Image Processing, and Software Engineering. The Department also offers a Minor in Computer Science.
43. Baylor University, Waco, Texas (top 40% of schools reviewed)
Chartered in 1845, Baylor University is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. This Christian University is home to 15,000 students, enrolled in more than 250 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Situated on a 1,000-acre campus on the Brazos River in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is home to 11 colleges and schools and it ranks number 77 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual review of colleges and universities.
Baylor University offers a number of programs for artists and designers. The Game Design program is offered through the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Computer Science in cooperation with the Film and Digital Media Division of Communication Studies. The Department offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science with a Video Game Development specialization. The program features a “Computer Science core, with a three-course game development sequence, and a four-course media production sequence.”
Baylor University offers several related programs for game designers. The Film and Digital Media Division of Communication Studies offers a Bachelor's degree and a Minor in Film and Digital Media (FDM). The Department of Art offers a BFA in Graphic Design. All students are eligible to participate in the Baylor University Internship program, which offers opportunities to work with a variety Texas-based companies and studios and many others throughout the U.S.
44. Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York (top 40% of schools reviewed)
Marist College is a private, liberal arts college located on a 210-acre campus just 80 miles from New York and Albany. The school is home to more than 6,000 students, enrolled in more than 60 undergraduate programs, 13 graduate programs, and nearly 50 minors.
Recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review, Time, and U.S. News & World Report, Marist College is listed as one of the top 25 Most Connected Campuses in the U.S. by Princeton Review.
The Marist College School of Computer Science and Mathematics offers several programs for aspiring game designers including a BS in Computer Science with a concentration in Game Design and Programming and a MS in Software Development. The MS in Software Development offers coursework in Game Design and Programming. Five-Year programs include the Computer Science 5-Year BS/MS in Software Development and the Computer Science 5-Year BS/MS Information Systems program
Head over to the Marist School of Communication and the Arts and you will find the BA in Media Studies and Production program. This program offers concentrations in Interactive Media & Game Design and Film & Television. The School also offers a BS in Digital Media and several popular Minors including Interactive Media, Digital Video Production, and Cinema Studies.
Marist College has a number of other attractive features for game designers and artists. The College offers study experiences in New York through Marist Manhattan, the Marist Internship program, and the Summer Game Institute. The Summer Game Institute allows students to create their own video games and earn college credit before enrolling at Marist.
45. Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey (top 40% of schools reviewed)
Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology The Innovation University®
is located in trendy Hoboken, New Jersey—just 7.7 miles from Manhattan, NY. The school, which sits on a 58-acre campus, ranked 75th in the category of Best National Universities in the 2013 edition of "Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report. This top university is home to around 6,100 students, enrolled in more than 30 majors, across four schools.
Stevens Institute of Technology offers a MS in Game Design and Simulation Programming. The program consists of 30 credit hours of coursework in Game Design, Animation, Game Development, Graphics, and Entrepreneurship. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to work in the gaming industry “as well as in industrial, government, education and research organizations involved in simulation, visualization, training, and edutainment.”
The MS program also prepares students for PhD programs in Computer Science, Geographic Information Systems, and Remote Sensing. In addition to the MS program, the Computer Science Department offers a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Information Systems with concentrations in Game Design and Computer Graphics. A Minor in Game Development is offered as well as Certificates in Graphics for Gaming and AI for Gaming.
46. Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut (top 40% of schools reviewed)
Established in 1963, Sacred Heart University (SHU) is the second-largest Catholic University in New England. In just 50 short years in existence, the school has become one of the top New England liberal arts colleges (by U.S. News & World Report) and in its inaugural year, the SHU Game Design Program made the "Top 50 Undergraduate Game Design Programs" list by GamePro Magazine/Princeton Review.
The Game Design & Development program is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, Computer Science Department. Upon completion, students will receive a BS in Computer Science with a Game Design & Development track. A Certificate in Computer Gaming Design and Development is also available.
Home to more than 6,000 students, Sacred Heart University sits on a 71.25-acre campus with easy access to Manhattan, NY (1.5-hour drive) and Boston (2.5 hours). The school offers more than 50 degree programs across five colleges. SHU also has extended campuses throughout Connecticut, overseas in Luxembourg (Western Europe), and in Ireland.
47. George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia (top 45% of schools reviewed)
Founded in 1957, George Mason University (GMU) is situated on a 677-acre campus in Fairfax, Virginia—just 18.3 miles from Washington, DC. Home to nearly 33,000 students, GMU also has campuses in Arlington, VA (5.2 acres), Manassas, VA (124 acres) and Sterling, VA. The main campus houses 11 colleges and schools that offer 198 degree programs.
The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) offers a new Computer Game Design BFA that said goodbye to its first graduating class in 2013. The College plans to launch a MA in Computer Game Design in Fall 2014. In the meantime, students may take four graduate computer game design courses per semester during the 2013/14 academic year. These courses are “fully transferable” into the MA degree program.
Other highlights include a Study Abroad program in Scotland at the University of Abertay Dundee, access to the Serious Games Institute (SGI)—the only SGI in the U.S., participation in the Thinking Games Competition, and a Summer Games Institute (pre-college). The College of Visual and Performing Arts also offers a Minor in Computer Game Design, which offers many of the same benefits as the BFA program.
48. Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Seattle, Washington (top 45% of schools reviewed)
The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) was established in 1996 “to support and grow the game industry.” The Academy, which is a non-profit institution, supports five campuses in Australia and the U.S. The overseas campuses are located in Canberra, Sydney, and Melbourne, Australia. The U.S. campuses are located in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Seattle, Washington.
The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (Seattle) is located in one of the top five best cities for game development. The campus offers easy access to some of the biggest names in the industry such as Microsoft, Nintendo of America, 343 Industries (Halo 4), Valve (Half-Life, Portal, Steam), and many others. The school also offers several top-rated programs for aspiring designers and developers including Game Programming and Game Art & Design. Related programs include 3D Animation for Film and TV.
The Game Programming path leads to an Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development. Students will specialize in Software Development and engage in areas of study such as the Game Development Industry, Graphics, Artificial Intelligence, Console Specific Development, Networking, Software Engineering Techniques, and Workflow. The program takes two years to complete.
The Game Art & Design path also takes two years to complete. Upon completion, students will receive an Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development with a specialization in Art. The program includes coursework in 3D Foundation, Aesthetics, Environment Creation, Character Animation, Texturing and Lighting, Modeling for Game Development, Concept Art, Rigging & Animation, and more. Ninety-five percent of AIE graduates find industry employment within three months of graduation.
49. University of Denver, Denver, Colorado (top 45% of schools reviewed)
The University of Denver is a private university that sits on a 125-acre campus just a few miles from downtown Denver. Founded in 1864, the school is “the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region.” Home to more than 11,000 students from around the U.S. and 93 other countries, the University of Colorado offers more than 170 undergraduate programs and 20 graduate and professional programs.
Ranked 83rd among the Nation's Top 100 universities by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Denver is home to eight schools and colleges, and 12 graduate schools and programs. The Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science, Department of Computer Science offers several undergraduate programs for aspiring game designers. Options include a BA and a BS in Game Development and a BA in Applied Computing. The BA in Applied Computing offers a number of electives that are also part of the curriculum for many Game Development programs.
In addition to the Game Development and Applied Computing programs, students may consider the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Studies. Students have the option to take a minor or double major in Digital Media Studies and Applied Computing or other major. The Digital Media Studies program is offered through the Department of Mass Communication in collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History and the Department of Computer Science.
50. The College of New Jersey, Ewing New Jersey (top 45% of schools reviewed)
The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) was founded in 1855 as the New Jersey State Normal School. It is one of the 75 “Most Competitive” schools in the nation, according to Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges, and it is also the number one public institution in the northern region of the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. The school, which sits on a 289-acre campus, is home to 6,135 students, enrolled in more than 50 programs, across seven schools.
The Interactive Multimedia Program (IMM) is a popular choice for aspiring game designers. In fact, the College of New Jersey IMM program was named one of the top 50 undergraduate game design programs in North America by Princeton Review and Gamepro Magazine.
The IMM program consists of three major areas of interest including Interactive Computing, Digital Media, and Professional Writing. Students will study game design and architecture, game implementation and project management, interactive storytelling, video game programming, digital imaging, animation, motion graphics, digital video, electronic music, digital audio, interaction and interface design, and how to write stories and scripts for video games, animations, and movies, and more.
The program, which leads to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Interactive Multimedia, offers internship opportunities in the immediate area and at studios in many surrounding areas. The College of New Jersey is just five miles from Trenton, 10 miles from Princeton, and one hour from New York and Philadelphia.