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Unigo Top Student Rated School

DigiPen Institute of Technology Campus Life Reviews

On-Campus Housing
Excellent

6%

Very Good

43%

Average

31%

Poor

3%

Terrible

17%

Off-Campus Housing
Excellent

0%

Very Good

48%

Average

29%

Poor

16%

Terrible

6%

Campus Food
Excellent

59%

Very Good

22%

Average

15%

Poor

5%

Terrible

0%

Campus Facilities
Excellent

54%

Very Good

37%

Average

5%

Poor

5%

Terrible

0%

Class Size
Excellent

66%

Very Good

27%

Average

7%

Poor

0%

Terrible

0%

Activities
Excellent

29%

Very Good

24%

Average

29%

Poor

7%

Terrible

10%

Local Services
Excellent

33%

Very Good

29%

Average

29%

Poor

5%

Terrible

5%

Academics
Excellent

88%

Very Good

5%

Average

0%

Poor

5%

Terrible

2%

Overall Review for DigiPen Institute of Technology

Excellent

45%

Very Good

55%

Average

0%

Poor

0%

Terrible

0%

We Asked Students, What's your overall opinion of this school?

Hailey

I really love this school definitely for art and animation! I improved so much in the past year, freshman year. This school does have a large workload especially for the art portion. They have computer labs with a lot of cool features and a designated IT team for students and staff available when the campus is open. The campus is open does not close til midnight so you have plenty of time to use the campus. The only thing I was frustrated with is the buses that go on that route. They stop transit at 6 pm and some classes end until 7 pm. There are transit cars but limited to one transit center. So beware.

Jaxon

It's a very nerdy school full of nerd culture. While you will get to play some video games it will be very difficult academically so don't expect that to be the main way you spend your day

Nelida

It's a good College and a lot of students, TA, and teachers will help you if you ask for help. The work load may be a lot at times, but it's to test you to see if this is what you want to do when you graduate.

Joshua

Some of the class sizes aren't good for the material being taught. The curriculum is always changing, which is both good and bad.

Caroline

It's a very professional school. There is an abundance of resources for either student care or educational purposes. The students are respectable people and very talented at their field of study. Everyone pursues their work with enthusiasm and work very hard. I would recommend anyone who is interested in pursuing film or gaming to some to this school.

Eli

DigiPen Institute of Technology is a fantastic school for students who dream to be apart of the Video Game Industry. It is primarily a school to teach students to make games, but its curriculum is no fun and games, its hard work; but good hard work. The students are welcoming and are willing to help and the same notion applies to Professors. The School prides itself on improving itself and listens to student input.

David

Attending DigiPen is certainly a unique experience due to its demanding nature and the high success rate of graduating students. Students looking for the full "college experience" will frankly have a miserable time here, DigiPen's experience is centered on a seemingly never ending stream of work which can drastically improve the student's skills over time if said student has the right mindset. However, the workload can significantly wear on some students' well-being, as the school can feel like an endless boot camp at times, particularly for those with little knowledge game development. Grade inflation is certainly not an issue here, as A's reflect a consistent stream of professional level work. While this approach is refreshing, it can make the acquisition of merit-based scholarships particularly difficult for students which struggle with any course material. For students that do struggle, there are a range of tools provided, from a high level of professor availability to a thoroughly knowledgeable and helpful student body. Though there are still many issues with DigiPen, it does provide the student with a vastly improved skill set at the program's completion and the low loan default rate reflects just how successful graduating students are at earning jobs fresh out of the school.

Nolan

Digipen is a powerhouse in the gaming industry. It is a competitive, realistic setting where the best is expected and drawn out of the students. The students gain knowledge in proportion to the effort they put into their studies- there are no free passes with this school. Digipen is not a party school, it is not an easy school. Diligence and hard work is rewarded, while those who can't keep pace tend to drop out or lengthen their stay. Personally, I'm glad that I'm attending- if anything, it will be a personal victory to overcome the trials this school is presenting me.

Garrett

Looking forward to going here in fall. The campus is small but it is at the epicenter of so many great opportunities for careers. It will not be a regular experience but it allows for room to grow and develop as a developer and an individual. Dragons for life.

Tyler

It's not easy, it will require a dedicated mind, and it'll make you work harder then most colleges would. But the classes and their professors will test you and sharpen you, you will learn and improve fast, and you will be educated more effectively then any other school of its nature. If you want to work in the video game or animation industries, and you want to be one of the best? This is the place.

Natisha

Digipen is a school you really have to enjoy from the start, it's not traditional and it's extremely difficult from the get go. But if you stay and learn you can beat out everyone else applying for your dream career. The staff is amazing, the students are hard working. They make 90% of their cafeteria food from scratch and there is a new menu everyday with vegan and vegetarian options, class sizes are small enough were everyone gets the individual help they need and there are plenty of Teachers Aides if you don't understand something as well as year ahead students willing to give friendly advice.

Hannah

I absolutely love DigiPen. The class sizes are small, the food is great and the teachers are phenomenal. All the teachers have experience in the industry, and we have opportunities to meet with alumni which offers exceptional light on to how much weight the DigiPen name holds in getting you a job. I would recommend this college who wants to seriously become a programmer, video game developer, animator, or artist within the video game world.

Alexandra

I love DigiPen. It's the first time I've ever felt like I really belong in a place, let alone at a school for that matter. I'm paying for school out of pocket, and sometimes with the help of my parents, so I'm taking school very seriously because I don't know how much longer I will have there. I really hope that by doing scholarships and side jobs I can afford to keep going because DigiPen is what I believe will help me get a real, good job that I love.

Kyntrell

Digipen Institute of Technology is an amazing school. Plenty of diversity can be found in both students, and faculty. This is a school. As with any school, there are definitely hits and misses amongst the staff. However, if you put forth your best effort they are willing to meet you half way -- he has had some pretty awesome professors over the past years. All in all, it's a great school and a great campus.

Aaron

Digipen is a fantastic school that offers the perfect environment to introduce me to the game industry. It is the most prestigious game design school I’ve ever been to and has a thriving community of artists, computer scientists and engineers, musicians, and designers. There’s no other place to get the same level of education in this field.

Grace

Overall, DigiPen is a college I would feel very comfortable recommending to others. Not only do you get a strong curriculum, you also have teachers who were or still are participants in the industry you are training to be a part of. The community there is also very accepting and encouraging and I never had anything stolen on campus there. Upper-class-men artists were very willing to help new students and both Teacher assistants and Professors were very knowledgeable about their specific subjects and very open. The only issue that several people bring up is communication. Several times, emails would only announce events or dates of importance once or very close to the deadlines. This did make people seek out the student success advisers and other staff members, but other times important pieces of information were not communicated clearly enough.

Anon

The average credits for a student at DigiPen is about 17-20. This work amount creates a stressful environment that excels at both teaching you everything you need to know for the future and teaching you about becoming a person. DigiPen's environment is great for anyone who had a very easy time in high school, bored, and loves computers.

Elgin

I'll say what every DigiPen student knows, this school is hard. Me, along with many others, have had times of thinking that maybe we're just not good enough, but if you stick with it, you begin to realize just how much you're willing to fight to become good at what you love. DigiPen is like training with weights on, and when everything is all over, it becomes so worth it.

Isaac

I have always had a passion for video games, but I grew up believing that the desire to be a part of the video game creation process was just a common dream designed to go nowhere. I am happy to say that for those who don't just want to play, but make games, DigiPen is the path to making these dreams a reality. To be perfectly frank however, DigiPen is hard. If you expect at any time your work will be easy (or you will have plenty of time to play video games as you study) you are sadly mistaken. The reason DigiPen is hard is because you are expected to work at a close to professional environment from your very first semesters. If you are not intelligent, hard working, able to work on a team, and flexible, there is sadly little chance of you being a good fit for DigiPen. That said, DigiPen's support network is quite extensive- Counselors, Instructors, Student Success/Faculty/Peer Advisors, just to name some off the top of my head. If you have the aptitude, willpower and desire to work in the games industry, (and you recognize you will have to seek help early and often) you will be able to succeed. My only further comments are do realize that DigiPen is not a cheap education, and that when/if you need to contact DigiPen staff, opt to meet in person, or be prepared to follow-up over email often. If you are a bright student have passion for the creation of video games, you will fit right in with the DigiPen community, and if you see it through to the end, you will be able to enter the entertainment industry as a valued professional.

Sebastian

In essence, Digipen, Institute of Technology is a place of weeding out the hardest workers over anything else. Regardless of skill level coming in, students must be willing to stay from 9 am to midnight, and to work hard over the weekend and holidays. However, it's the only school that focuses on team work, game design, music, game art, engineering, programming, all under the same roof. It's a tough school, but everyone who sticks through is proud to be a Dragon.

Natalie

DigiPen is a great school with many resources to ensure student success. The workload is intense and challenging, which helps prepare you for the rigors of the Game Industry. Professors are great and have a lot of experience in their fields. They are always willing to spend time to make sure you understand the lessons.

Jessica

Immediately this school shows it's credentials in a big way. Not only are the academics high caliber, but the way they connect personally is as well. I was able to access professors and advisors during the application process before I was even confirmed a student there, and they are personable and helpful

Sabrina

Digipen Institute of Technology is truly my dream school. It has amazing teachers that are always there for you, it has a beautiful campus that is breathtaking and overal an amazing school. Digipen Institute of Technology is an amazing school and I am excited to attend it this fall!

Lilly

I absolutely love the environment of DigiPen! The students are very close to each other and it feels like a welcoming community. I also love the teachers, who seem very accessible and care about their students. The food is great, the people are great, and the program is extensive. What more can a student ask for?

Pedro

DigiPen is a school that you must be ready for if you intend to make it through their grueling degree programs. It is a school that offers alluring opportunities and careers, but they do not sugar coat how difficult it is going to be to get there. Allow me to reaffirm and amplify this message: DigiPen is a brutally difficult school. If you are at all unsure about your major or decision to enroll at DigiPen, go explore elsewhere; this is an expensive school after all. But, if DigiPen offers exactly what you are looking for, look no further. This is a fantastic school if you are ready for it, and they will thoroughly prepare you for the industry that lies ahead.

Keenan

I have yet to start my first year at Digipen, but I knew from my first tour of campus that this is the college for me. The staff seems so excited and passionate when it comes to helping us learn. Digipen is not like other universities: almost every degree on that campus is dedicated to the making of art, animations, software, or video games. That had to be what interested me most about the school, the fact that everyone is there to learn about something we are passionate about. Nobody is there to party or to glide through and get an easy degree. If you are going to Digipen you are dedicated to the craft and strive to be better and I can't wait to be a part of that community come this fall

Joshua

DigiPen is a really good school. It's one of the few schools I've seen where there are no real lines dividing the Freshman/Sophomore/Junior/Senior cohorts. Anyone can go to anyone for help, throwing game ideas/concepts, and assistance on the many projects we're assigned. It's extremely common to find people grouped up programming, or playtesting and critiquing game projects. The atmosphere is very calm, or exuberant and full of jokes and memes. Keep in mind though - this is a hard school and not for the faint of heart. Something like 50% of people drop out after their first semester solely due to the workload of a guaranenteed 19 to 21 credits if you want to graduate within 4 years. Know full well that while you will have fun hanging out with people, you will spend equally if not more time busting your butt to get projects done.

Jonah

DigiPen Institute continues to be one of the greatest colleges in the US for learning game design and programming. This being said, they are one of the only colleges I have ever been exposed to that continuously updates their game design programs to meet the need of both the industry and what they feel their students should be learning. This also being said the quality of the freshmen game classes tend to fluctuate from year to year with this semester being considered the greatest iteration of the classes at hand. For those coming for either the Bachelors of Arts in Game Design or the Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Game Design note that it can change at a moments notice, so any research you do into the college get from contacting the professors themselves and not just trust Alumni's judgement.

Dayton

The teachers and class material are very thorough. As long as you do the work and actually study you will succeed because you have every resource available to you if you use it. The students are very friendly and there are lots of open areas to find anybody who might help you if you have any questions.

Marisol

This is a very driven school. The teachers are all industry professionals who are accessible to their students. The School prepares its students for the future very well. It is very intense, so be prepared to put a lot of hours into it. Tuition is not cheap, so don't go to Digipen if you are not sure if game/animation is your calling.

Ashley

This college is extremely unique compared to most, it's basically like a workforce but in a college setting. It's not entirely a bad thing though, it prepares students to go directly into the workforce right after graduation and many tend to find work after graduating much easier compared to the work load from this college. Mostly everyone is pretty friendly and professors are understanding.

Jack

Major - BFA Fine art and animation DigiPen is a great school available for those who want to live in Washington state or enter the animation or video game industry. There are a lot of cons to be found for students who are not living on campus, however. That is the only true fault I can find in the school.

William

DigiPen is great for dedicated learners. The classes are tough, and the homework demands sometimes seem overwhelming, but it's all worth the effort for the amount of education gained. The rate of learning feels like 4 years squished into 2 with another 2 added on.

Sarai

Very solid program lead by industry leaders located near industry leaders. A heavy workload, so no one has time or energy to party. Very strict no bullying and title 9 policies. Very friendly students, you can leave your belongings in a room and not worry about it being stolen. Safe security, and staff resources that care about student success. Best kept secret for those wanting to get into the game industry.

Braedan

If you've heard about this school, you've probably already heard all about how it will teach game development, and that it is a very difficult school. Based on my freshman year that I just finished, these are accurate descriptions. There is a lot of long and hard work, but I feel like I've learned more about programming here in one year, than I did in the two years at my previous community college. It really lives up to my expectations I had going into the school. But something that I feel isn't quite as apparent to someone considering attending is the strong sense of community among the students. Before attending I heard about students from different degree programs coming together to make games, but I didn't realize the camaraderie among all the students. There's a lot of encouragement to get to know, not only your peers, but the upperclassmen, the tutors, and at times, the alumni. It's not strange to just go up to someone and start a conversation, because we're all in the same boat. The school can be very hard and stressful, and you may feel overwhelmed, but there's many people you can ask for help to get you through these times. Don't be afraid to talk with the tutors or teachers if you're struggling. There may not be any sports for people to rally around, but there's many clubs to join and if you don’t find one, it’s within your power to try to start a new club. This kind of community was nonexistent at my previous college, and I'm glad it exists here. Overall, the school seems to live up to the high expectations set for itself, and I do not regret coming here.

Kylie

This school is excellent! The course load is rigorous, but the staff do everything in their power to provide students with the resources and support they need to succeed. The school is incredibly clean and has an excellent welcoming and inclusive environment. They take safety very seriously, and there’s a strong sense of community.

Zach

My opinion so far is that the school is a great place and there placement rate in jobs outside of college is one of the highest I have seen for the video game design field. The people are super nice and the teachers are willing to answer all questions that I had and there food was pretty good.

Aeriel

So, I can only speak as someone from the BFA (Arts) Department, and can report that while there have been many changes that have happened over the years this school has been opened, there is still a few more that need to be made in our regards. School life is a bit heavy on the work side for artist, often leaving us feeling crunched for time in almost all classes, but that is starting to lessen, and become more accommodating to life outside of the school. There are also, many times you are able to speak about your issue, you can in school town halls. But rather or not your issue will be solved while you're there, isn't set in stone.