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Reviews 172 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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: 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.

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.

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 BSCSGD program at DigiPen Institute of Technology is extremely challenging but also very rewarding. The amount of knowledge you gather within the first year alone is incredible. Probably the most useful part of my experience here at DigiPen is the experience working on a project team. This experience is useful no mater where you go after your education.

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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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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I wouldn't trade my experience here at DigiPen for anything in the world. I'm only a second-semester Freshman but this is where I belong, and I have no doubts about that. My professors deeply care about the things they teach, and they are happiest when they can help a student realize something they never did before. I've found myself anew just by being here for this short time, and the heavy workload has been like sandpaper, in a way. Sanding away the rough edges and bumps that I've always had that confused me about what it really meant to be an artist - it helped me get straight down to the core of what I am here for, and WHY I am here. This is an experience of a lifetime, and by the end of these four years, I know I'd choose to do it all over again if I could.

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College Freshman

Career Services: I have not yet been qualified to take advantage of Career Services, as I am still a Freshman.

College Freshman

Online Courses: DigiPen does not offer online courses. This is something I am happy about, as hands-on works best for me.

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5 College Freshman

Student Body: The students at DigiPen are some of the best I've ever met. Outgoing and eager to create, being part of a group of art students is where I was always meant to be. Everyone generally gets along, and there never has to be fights broken up. We're a diplomatic group and we talk about our issues.

3 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: The Financial Aid department at DigiPen has helped me immensely, but not being familiar with the process made it difficult to understand what I needed to do. Even though I was talking with Financial Aid experts, I still felt like I was groping around in the dark about what was the best thing to do. Ultimately, I was satisfied with how things turned out - I just wish the department was a bit better about helping students through the process!

5 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: I had a very smooth experience, personally. I didn't even have to tell them that I had credits that could be transferable (I didn't even know I had any!) They told ME that they ascertained that I had several credits that would take care of elective and degree requirements and completed the transfer process themselves. It was a really great surprise!

5 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Being a student at DigiPen in the BFA program is the most intensive experience I've ever faced. It's also the most exciting thing I've ever done, and it's so clearly been tailored to prime us for the industry. The workload is heavy, but those who complete it with awareness know what the purpose of each assignment is - the curriculum is built in cooperation with all professors who meet and determine who will teach what and when so that new subjects are introduced at the same time in all courses in ways that tie everything together. The facilities are tailored for each program's needs, and there is always ample work space and open areas, as well as quieter study areas. Job opportunities and internships are a huge point of interest for BFA students, and we are notified through various ways, (postings, emails, announcements) when new opportunities are available. Guest speakers and "company days" are frequent events to better expose students to what's out there for us.

College Freshman

Academic Experience: As a BFA Freshman, I haven't yet had the opportunity to take academic courses, as with electives, they are courses taken in Sophomore year when the workload has gone from a wide scope to a more detail-oriented one, which allows students to have the time to complete their Academic requirements.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: DigiPen offers many opportunities to either have your voice heard or to even join one of the many councils that help make changes in how things are done at DigiPen. It's a very open-forum as long as you go through the proper channels, and concerns are taken very seriously as the work students need to do and anything that may be impeding it, as well as student well-being, is always top priority.

5 College Freshman

Campus Resources: The library at DigiPen is an indispensable resource. The sheer amount of material made available to students ensures that even if students cannot afford to purchase required textbooks for the semester, that they will be able to obtain a copy for an extended, generous period of time from the library. You can check out cameras, drawing tablets, DVD sets on subjects like animation or film production, and even video game consoles and game titles are available for those needing to do research in the game design programs.


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