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Reviews 197 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Student

Academic Flexibility: From what I've heard, there will be a large variety of classes that cover every topic imaginable. There have also not been any complaints about the scheduling.

5 College Student

Career Services: From what I've heard, they will be excellent. They really know what sorts of advice a student of that age would need, as well as plenty of connections and resources.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: According to past alumni, it's very easy to get a job straight out of school, as well as internships while still attending. There are many of the top companies employing from here, as well as doing guest speaking sessions and such. Not to mention a wide variety of career fairs and very supportive career counselors.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: So far, I've had limited experience with the school. I've seen and read many things as well as visited the campus itself. The environment seemed just right for what I was looking for and the intensity of the workload, as described by the current students, will be an enjoyable challenge.

5 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Like I said before, it's actually difficult. The classes are enjoyable and the professors are amazing. Everything is pertinent to what I want to do after college.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: For once, classes that claimed to be difficult legitimately challenged me. I actually enjoyed the lectures because we didn't constantly go back and re-explain things - teachers helped students outside of lectures, not in the middle of them. I also enjoyed having classes that revolved around what I want to do with my life as opposed to a pile of English classes simply because it's state law.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: The classes are pretty great, but because of the lack of flexibility in schedules for a REQUIRED class, I either had to quit my job or wait to do the class the following semester. Seeing as how I live in my own apartment (cheaper than on campus), I had to wait to take the class.

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: The moodle system is a bit outdated, but it's simple to use.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors at this school are extraordinary. They go out of their way to make sure students are doing the best they possibly can. Most of them are easy to talk to and will take time out of their day just to make sure that the student is pushing out their best work.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: The program is constantly changing, which is both good and bad. As a BDFA, the cirriculum has changed at least 3 times in the course of a single semester. This is because yes, the industry is changing, but it's also extremely difficult to finish the program on track, there are students that have been here an extra 3 semesters trying to finish up the program.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's the only school that gets anywhere close to what the industry is like. You will be a top pick for any and all companies because of the simple fact that you graduated from Digipen.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Digipen requires that you become the greatest industry level game designer you can possibly be before earning your degree. School is a 7-day per week job that students labor at from morning til midnight and sometimes later. There's little room for exploring the world outside of school due to time restraints but if your going to be here for 4 years and emerge with a job in your dream industry, then it's all worth it.

A lot of Digipen involved learning from your upperclassmen who know better than yourself. There are countless experienced and intelligent people willing to help students and it makes asking for help your most valuable asset while attending.

The only reason I would not give the school a higher rating is due to some issues with curriculum structuring. Digipen is constantly changing course ordering and requirements which often makes for unprepared teachers and frustrated students. Game teams require art to make a decent game even if they're not graded to harshly on art, but artists are not by any means required to work with game teams until their junior year. This kind of disconnect for designing games has been a struggle for programmers for a long time at Digipen.

Other than these minor issues the school is made up of industry professionals and those with experience making games for a living. You can't find this at a normal university very easily and it makes a huge difference in getting to know your professors and getting excited about learning.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I like the staff there, they are kind and very helpful. The courses seem to be challenging but helpful.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is very demanding but the professors are have great industry experience. The computer science degree requires 154 credit hours, so that averages out to about 19 credit hours per semester compared to 15 at other universities. In the fall and spring, Digipen students put on a zombie outbreak event where students are divided into humans and zombies and battle it out for a week - it's a great spirit event! I'm gearing up for my second year and, unfortunately, most of my friends from freshmen year are not returning - it's that difficult! But I feel like I've learned a ton more here in the past year than I would anywhere else. We were already learning C++ in my second semester; that isn't even touched on until sophomore year in other universities.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: 400 freshmen signed up for this school and only about 50 made it to sophomore year. The reason why so many people leave is mostly because of the cost of the school and the workload. You are expected to work everyday with very minimal free time. However, if you have excellent organization skills, and make sure you eat enough and sleep at least a little bit every night, you just may make it through. I am one of the 50 people to make it to sophomore year and I have to say its not like a school, but a boot camp. You will work your butt off, but at the same time, you will never forget your experience here no matter how long you stayed. 21 credits per semester does sound scary and is even worse to experience, but if you have faith in your abilities and take care of yourself, you can make it!

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: DigiPen is a college unlike any other, as it seems like a school that could only exist in your dreams; it's a school that primarily deals with video game development. With my, admittingly short, experience with the school, I already know that the school provides a dedicated and experienced staff that are available to help a student strive for success in whatever degree program they've chosen. The curriculum is challenging, but it sets a realistic standard that pushes students to reach their full potential and push the boundries of their comfort zone. Furthermore, it has up-to-date and comprehensive labs for students to collaborate with their own teams or other teams to work on game projects, as the degree programs are mostly team-based and stress the importance of team-bassd skills. I'm certain I will be enjoying my time at DigiPen, and if I find out I'm wrong, I'll still stick with it because I know even then that it will be preparing me for the industry; plus they serve delicious wood-stone oven pizza!

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Career Services: From what I have heard, they offer good opportunities for advancing your career. Plus they have company days where really big named companies stop in and talk to the students or look for potential employees.

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Academic Experience: In the BFA program you are expected not to even sleep. I took the Recommended course load and that was 21 credits my first semester. Out of the initial estimated 200 art students in this program, usually only around 15 graduate. This isn't because they aren't good artists or good students. It is simply because they are so ran dry and pushed to the point of extreme depression, suicidal thoughts and an extremely stressful life. You wake up, with maybe 3 hours of sleep, you work all day until you go home, where you work until maybe 3 in the morning to get it all done. I ultimately became one of the many to drop out. I promise you that this stress is not worth it. If you want to learn this then look up things online, study hard but don't put yourself through this stress.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Resources: The library is a great place to go to if you need any gadgets, games, books, or even high quality cameras.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: Some of the courses only have 1 available time slot, which can be inconvenient when I would prefer a later time for my classes.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The students are (for the most part) similar minded. A lot of the professors are fun to talk to, but also know a ton about their fields.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far I've loved my professors and courses (with the exception of 1 or 2 by my own personal preference).

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: From what I've heard from upperclassmen, students are basically "snatched up" as soon as they graduate.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Student Body: Basically everyone is geeky (into games, comics, etc), and we're very diverse. Everyone who stays gets along extremely well.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: While the education I'm getting is excellent, there don't seem to be too many scholarships for the school, the cost is still really high (for the most part it's worth it), and the housing is incredibly expensive if we go through the school.

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