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Reviews 181 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: The curriculum is strict, but some teachers may accommodate with the student.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: There's the Academic Support Center for tutoring, resources and guidance.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school gives out Bachelor's Degrees in each programs. They also give out Master's Degrees in Fine Art and Computer Science.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My experience here at this school was hard and excruciating difficult. Not because of the professors, but the curriculum. As long as you are getting the material and can apply it, you will do fine.

4 College Sophomore

Career Services: The career service helps the seniors in finding jobs by holding interviews, conferences, and career fairs.

4 College Sophomore

Student Body: There's no other place I'd rather be. The student body is extremely diverse in both race and gender. Thus, we have clubs for those diversities.

4 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: This school even gives out its own scholarships, but it is heavily contested.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Academics offered here at DigiPen include the Computer Science program, both science and art, Fine Arts and Animation, Music and Sound Design, and the Engineering program. Video Games is mostly associated with this school. As enrolled in the Fine Arts program, I get to meet Disney animators, renowned artists in figure drawing, painting, history, and anatomy. I'm sure I will get to meet more as I continue my career here. I already met the Photoshop and Maya 3D professors this summer, so who knows what other amazing professors I will meet this year. All of them are kind and they want to help their students get into the industry.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: This is the school for me. Heavily focused in what I want to study and helps you find jobs after graduation. The workload for my program is more heavier than the other programs, so some students couldn't keep up and had to drop out. The curriculum can be customized to your liking, but most students choose the easy option, which is a pre-made schedule. The faculty is very friendly and accommodating to the student's needs. Recently, art students needed more space to work and the faculty ordered the construction of a third floor. There's plenty of internships posted in the hallways, such as Playstation, Microsoft, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a tough and demanding school but it suites my interests and I've made more friends than I've ever had in any other school. Only the hardworking survive here, so all the lazy people drop out fairly quickly, and there's no drug problem because the school is so demanding, student's can't afford to be out of sorts.

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3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: The professors range from great to okay. All are experienced in the industry, so they are all a great resource in that respect. The core class teachers are usually the best and the elective teachers are more likely to be a little lacking, if only because it's difficult for them to make their classes seem relevant to students. I only had one teacher I was dissatisfied with, but to be fair, she was assigned to teach a class that didn't need a lecture component.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Designers are considered the jack-of-all trades here. We are expected to be the liaisons between artists and programmers, and are often designated to leadership positions. We take classes that range from art, to programming, to traditional game design, to team-based semester long digital game projects. Our employability isn't as great as programmers since we fit a niche role that can usually be filled by a single person, but we can still fall back on our experience to be producers.

2 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: The school's tuition is really high since it's a for-profit school. I suppose it can afford to be pricey since it's the best of its kind in the nation and is located in the center of the largest concentration of relevant industries in the country, but its a huge burden on students who may not get a steady job due to the industry's unpredictable nature. I'm a little displeased with how the financial aid department gives scholarships to incoming students, since there is little to no screening, and a person who doesn't deserve it (merit-wise) and will immediately lose it is just as likely to get it as a person who put in the effort to earn it.

5 College Sophomore

Student Body: Small school with a bunch of people with similar interests? You bet you'll make friends for life here, especially in the BAGD program, where teamwork is something you're graded on. The school is surprisingly diverse in spite of its small size. There is a sizable LGBT community, and a good portion of the student body is a first or second generate immigrant. The only place where diversity is lacking is gender. There is roughly one girl to every twenty guys, and most of the female students are in the art department, so you don't see much of them.

2 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: Transferring credit was a huge hassle. A single person is responsible for it, so she will occasionally miss your e-mail completely. You have to send the occasional reminder if she doesn't get back to you. The school is also very, very rigid in it's curriculum, so many credits don't transfer at all. I was lucky enough to have attended college before and had some electives I could transfer. Math, english, and physics are your best bets when it comes to transferability, but getting out of any core classes is unlikely, and getting out of an art class is unheard of. The curriculum changes every year, so if you're trying to get some credits at another, cheaper school with the intention of transferring them, you have a very high chance that the course will no longer be apart of the curriculum by the time you get in.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The teachers are great as far as academics, but the school's other services are lacking. The school seems to still be struggling to be a school, as its financial, housing, and disabilities departments have a small staff. It's student housing has much to be desired since it's new and they seem to think four people can share two desks and have no need for dressers, so I would opt out of it and go straight for the apartment rental. The food's pretty good, and the school president loves to help out in the kitchen on occasion. Clubs are almost exclusively student run and the campus offers activities such as Digipen Day or Outbreak.

College Sophomore

Career Services: I have yet to experience the career options first hand, as I am an underclassman. From what I've heard, it's pretty good since the employers come to the school to look at student projects.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors are pretty similar to professors you'll find at other colleges. Most know what they are doing, but are sometimes assigned to a class that doesn't suite them and they perform poorly as teachers. The biggest issue is that all of the teachers were hired based on industry experience, not on being trained as a teacher. They're all experts in their fields, so they are a great resource, but their ability to teach varies depending on their personality and whether the course they teach is a good match for their expertise. The core class teachers are usually the best, while the elective teachers vary widely in their competence.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school is tough and it's impossible to leave it with a 4.0, but many graduates end up in the industry and know the amount of effort required to get a degree here, so it acts as a sort of networking. Students have career fairs where potential employers look at student displays, rather than the students coming to the employers.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: A lot of hands on work and a higher expectation from students. Many of the professors here have a fair share of industry experience in addition to whatever degree they hold. Many students hear the horrors of coming into college as A students in high school and then immediately dropping down to a B or C average. I never felt that at the previous university, but here it is definitely true. I've yet to be "given" an A, but I 100% feel I've earned almost every one I've gotten.

As for the facilities; there is a lack of outdoor space and no athletic center, but I honestly could care less. The town of Redmond itself is a beautiful place, so any space could be an outdoor study area. As for athletics, most all housing here already provides it. Also, and to be very honest, I didn't come to a university specializing in technology and computer science based on their student athletics facility.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Career Services: The university does many career fairs to allow students to show off their work to industry representatives. In addition, some of the project classes can be replaced by actual internships within a company. It's not unheard of for people to already have a job lined up well before they graduate.

Even still, the university keeps a posting of available jobs, both inside and outside of the university. These jobs can range from student jobs managing the bookstore to by third party contract programming jobs.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: The technology is up to date and readily available. Even during a period where my home computer was damaged. I'm not even talking about general programs like Word or Chrome; the school had machines already set up with audio recording and editing software, so I could get my coding as well as my mixing done.

My only real complaint is the limited amount of quiet areas. There are certainly many spaces to study and work, either alone or in groups, but a lot of the space is delegated off to team or general use, so finding a quiet corner can be difficult sometimes. Having said that, I need to also say that this has never gotten in my way of working.

5 College Freshman

Academic Experience: The professors at DigiPen are fantastic. All professors have some form of industry experience and are extremely knowledgeable. It is easy to get in contact with professors and seek help outside of class, all you have to do is ask.

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