The University of Utah Entertainment Arts and Engineering Program is one of the top schools offering programs in game design at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and is ranked as the #1 Public University in Games worldwide for undergraduate programs, and the #2 Public University in Games worldwide for graduate programs, according to The Princeton Review®. The education services company features the school on its 11th annual ranking list of the "Top 50 Undergraduate Schools for Game Design for 2020" and "Top 25 Graduate Schools for Game Design." The University of Utah Undergraduate degree program is ranked 6th in the world among all schools and the Graduate degree program is ranked in the top 5 worldwide overall.
The Princeton Review tallied its ranking lists based on a survey the company conducted in 2019 of administrators at 150 institutions that offer game design courses, majors, or degree programs. Surveyed schools were in the U.S., Canada and abroad.
The survey collected information about the schools' game design programs in four areas: academics, faculty, technology, and career prospects. In all, more than 40 data points were analyzed for the final tallies.
"We highly recommend the University of Utah’s Entertainment Arts and Engineering Program and every one of the schools that made our lists for 2020," said Robert Franek, Editor-in-Chief for The Princeton Review. "Their faculties are outstanding and their facilities are awesome. Just as impressive: their alumni include many of the video game industry’s most prominent artists, designers, developers, and entrepreneurs.”
"After ten years of being ranked in the top 5 game programs world-wide, we’re very excited that The Princeton Review has once again ranked us as one of the leading academic programs in game development,” said Michael Young, Director of EAE. “It's a reflection of the strong academic programs we have in games here at EAE and of the impact that our graduates are having at leading game companies around the globe. EAE has a unique program that blends a breadth of games courses taught by award-winner educators, insight from industry veterans and significant team-based project work to ground classes in real-world practice. As a result, our graduates are trained as excellent game creators with all the tools they need to hit the ground running at a top game company. Our graduates land jobs at large, international companies like Activision/Blizzard, dynamic Utah studios like Wildworks, or start-ups that they found themselves, like Parallel Plaid."