"The Princeton Review" has named UNM as one of the top 10 schools in the U.S. to study video game design. UNM's Advanced Graphics Lab run by Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Pradeep Sen is No. 9 in the rankings for undergraduate programs.

The new list, "Top Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2012," recommends 50 schools in all. It names 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate schools in rank order to its respective "top 10" lists and 22 undergraduate and 8 graduate schools as Honorable Mentions.  A complete list can be accessed at: Top Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2012.

Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Luke Lester says, "Professor Sen's commitment to improving the undergraduate experience of UNM Electrical and Computer Engineering students is clearly paying off. When Pradeep arrived back in 2006, the department had no video game curriculum. He took the initiative and immediately dedicated himself to building courses in video game development and computer graphics that quickly got us into the top 50. Now that we are a top 10 program in this area, we have a new, exciting way to recruit undergraduates students to UNM and interact with our alumni."

Question and Answer with Dr. Pradeep Sen

In a release, "The Princeton Review" an education services company, says it chose the schools based on a comprehensive survey it conducted in the 2011-2012 academic year of administrators at 150 institutions offering video game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States and Canada.

The survey included more than 50 questions and covered a wide range of topics from academics and faculty credentials to graduates' employment and career achievements. Criteria for The Princeton Review's school selections covered the quality of the curriculum, faculty, facilities and infrastructure. The Company also factored in data it collected from the schools on their scholarships, financial aid and career opportunities.

The Princeton Review's Top 10 Schools Undergraduate Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2012


  1. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

  3. University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)

  4. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)

  5. The Art Institute of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

  6. Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)

  7. Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, OH)

  8. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)

  9. University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)

  10. Becker College (Worcester, MA)


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The Princeton Review's Top 10 Schools Graduate Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2012
1. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
2. Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
4. University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
5. Southern Methodist University (SMU) (Plano, TX)
6. Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
7. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)
8. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)
9. Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
10. Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)

Honorable Mentions - Undergraduate Schools
Bradley University (Peoria, IL)
Champlain College (Burlington, VT)
Columbia College Chicago (Chicago, IL)
DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
Ferris State University (Grand Rapids, MI)
Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL)
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
Miami University (Oxford, OH)
Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ)
New York University/NYU POLY (New York, NY)
North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
Ohio University (Athens, OH)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)
University of Advancing Technology (Tempe, AZ)
University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD)
The University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)
Vancouver Film School (Vancouver, BC)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)

Honorable Mentions – Graduate Schools
DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL)
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
New York University/NYU Poly (New York, NY)
Parsons - The New School for Design (New York, NY)
Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT)