SSU named one of top 50 undergraduate schools to study Game Design


PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Shawnee State University is nationally ranked on The Princeton Review’s Top 50 undergraduate schools to study Game Design for the sixth year in a row.

The Princeton Review has reported game design program rankings annually since 2010 and schools are chosen based on its 2015 survey of 150 institutions in the U.S., Canada and abroad that offer game design degree programs and courses. The 40-question survey collected data from the schools’ game design academic offerings and lab facilities to their graduates’ starting salaries and career achievements.

“I honestly have to say that any time that SSU is named on The Princeton Review list, it is always a high praise. It gives use the positive reinforcements that we are delivering high-quality and rigorous educational experience to our students,” said Jason Witherell, Associate Professor of Gaming Engineering Technology. “The smaller classes and more individualized attention students receive here will always be one of our strengths, and we will keep improving and evolving our program as we have in the past.”

According to The Princeton Review’s data, undergraduate students enrolled in the schools named on the list gain valuable professional experience while in school. About 85% of the students who graduated in their 2015 class developed actionable plans to launch games while in school and 49% of them worked on games that were shipped before they graduated.

“It is a great honor to be named on The Princeton Review list for the sixth year in a row now. It is a recognition that we are still regarded as a top program in the country,” said Greg Lyons, Professor of 3D Gaming and Design. “There are so many institutions now offering a game design program but SSU still manages to be recognized as a top undergraduate school. However, we are always looking to improve the program. Our main priority will always be to give our students the quality education they need to succeed.”

The Princeton Review’s full listing is available at and includes a companion article, “Top 25 Graduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2016.” The Princeton Review teamed up with PC Gamer, a monthly magazine published by Future plc as its reporting partner, and will have a feature on the list in its May issue available on newsstands March 29.

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