100 Best colleges for Game Design and Development in the United States

Below is the list of best universities in the United States ranked based on their research performance in Game Design and Development. A graph of 604K citations received by 16.6K academic papers made by 160 universities in the United States was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For Game Design and Development

#1 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1545
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$19,998

2. University of Southern California

For Game Design and Development

#2 in the World
Acceptance Rate
16%
Average SAT
1435
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$39,759

3. University of Washington - Seattle

For Game Design and Development

#3 in the World
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average SAT
1327
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
56%

4. Stanford University

For Game Design and Development

#4 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Average SAT
1495
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$20,023

5. Carnegie Mellon University

For Game Design and Development

#5 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Average SAT
1510
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$36,983

6. University of Wisconsin - Madison

For Game Design and Development

#6 in the World
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average SAT
1360
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
58%

7. Iowa State University

For Game Design and Development

#7 in the World
Acceptance Rate
88%
Average SAT
1160
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
93%

8. Georgia Institute of Technology

For Game Design and Development

#9 in the World
Acceptance Rate
21%
Average SAT
1450
Average ACT
33
Receiving Aid
73%

9. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

For Game Design and Development

#10 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Average SAT
1385
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
64%

10. University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

For Game Design and Development

#12 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average SAT
1330
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
70%

11. University of Central Florida

For Game Design and Development

#13 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Average SAT
1250
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
94%

12. Rutgers University - New Brunswick

For Game Design and Development

#20 in the World
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average SAT
1295
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
66%

13. Indiana University - Bloomington

For Game Design and Development

#21 in the World
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average SAT
1235
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
80%

14. University of Rochester

For Game Design and Development

#22 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Average SAT
1420
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$36,254

15. Michigan State University

For Game Design and Development

#23 in the World
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average SAT
1200
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
71%

16. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

For Game Design and Development

#26 in the World
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average SAT
1270
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
66%

17. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

For Game Design and Development

#28 in the World
Acceptance Rate
26%
Average SAT
1430
Average ACT
33
Receiving Aid
66%

18. University of Illinois at Chicago

For Game Design and Development

#29 in the World
Acceptance Rate
73%
Average SAT
1140
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
85%

19. University of California - Berkeley

For Game Design and Development

#30 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Average SAT
1420
Average ACT
33
Receiving Aid
63%

20. Purdue University

For Game Design and Development

#32 in the World
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average SAT
1295
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
61%

21. Harvard University

For Game Design and Development

#35 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$18,037

22. New York University

For Game Design and Development

#36 in the World
Acceptance Rate
21%
Average SAT
1455
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$45,417

23. North Carolina State University at Raleigh

For Game Design and Development

#37 in the World
Acceptance Rate
46%
Average SAT
1320
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
68%

24. Pennsylvania State University

For Game Design and Development

#38 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Receiving Aid
73%
Average Aid
$8,719
Enrollment
40,363

25. University of California - Los Angeles

For Game Design and Development

#41 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Receiving Aid
73%
Average Aid
$15,461
Enrollment
44,589

26. University of California - Irvine

For Game Design and Development

#42 in the World
Acceptance Rate
30%
Average SAT
1330
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
74%

27. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

For Game Design and Development

#43 in the World
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average SAT
1350
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
80%

28. University of Texas at Austin

For Game Design and Development

#47 in the World
Acceptance Rate
32%
Average SAT
1340
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
66%

29. Columbia University

For Game Design and Development

#48 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1515
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$22,126

30. University of California - Santa Barbara

For Game Design and Development

#49 in the World
Acceptance Rate
37%
Average SAT
1345
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
60%

31. University of Pennsylvania

For Game Design and Development

#51 in the World
Acceptance Rate
9%
Average SAT
1515
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$24,167

32. University of California - Santa Cruz

For Game Design and Development

#52 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average SAT
1260
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
67%

33. University of California-San Diego

For Game Design and Development

#61 in the World
Acceptance Rate
37%
Average SAT
1375
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
60%

34. University of Maryland - College Park

For Game Design and Development

#62 in the World
Acceptance Rate
51%
Average SAT
1375
Average ACT
32
Receiving Aid
67%

35. Clemson University

For Game Design and Development

#64 in the World
Acceptance Rate
62%
Average SAT
1300
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
89%

36. University of Florida

For Game Design and Development

#67 in the World
Acceptance Rate
31%
Average SAT
1375
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
91%

37. Cornell University

For Game Design and Development

#76 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Average SAT
1470
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$27,522

38. Yale University

For Game Design and Development

#80 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$17,511

39. Northwestern University

For Game Design and Development

#87 in the World
Acceptance Rate
9%
Average SAT
1490
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$28,344

40. Brown University

For Game Design and Development

#88 in the World
Acceptance Rate
8%
Average SAT
1500
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$27,659

41. Arizona State University - Tempe

For Game Design and Development

#91 in the World
Acceptance Rate
88%
Average SAT
1210
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
94%

42. Ohio State University

For Game Design and Development

#94 in the World
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average SAT
1320
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
84%

43. University of Utah

For Game Design and Development

#97 in the World
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
87%

44. Northeastern University

For Game Design and Development

#99 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Average SAT
1475
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$37,738

45. Vanderbilt University

For Game Design and Development

#103 in the World
Acceptance Rate
12%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$25,804

46. Princeton University

For Game Design and Development

#111 in the World
Acceptance Rate
6%
Average SAT
1510
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$18,685

47. Johns Hopkins University

For Game Design and Development

#112 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Average SAT
1515
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$25,241

48. Texas A&M University - College Station

For Game Design and Development

#113 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average SAT
1270
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
81%

49. University of Colorado Boulder

For Game Design and Development

#118 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
67%

50. University of Pittsburgh

For Game Design and Development

#125 in the World
Acceptance Rate
64%
Average SAT
1332
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
78%

51. Florida State University

For Game Design and Development

#126 in the World
Acceptance Rate
32%
Average SAT
1285
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
96%

52. Miami University - Oxford

For Game Design and Development

#129 in the World
Acceptance Rate
92%
Average SAT
1265
Average ACT
27
Receiving Aid
90%

53. University of Arizona

For Game Design and Development

#136 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Average SAT
1220
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
95%

54. Naval Postgraduate School

For Game Design and Development

#145 in the World
Enrollment
2,866
Male:Female
79:21
Founded
1909

55. Duke University

For Game Design and Development

#150 in the World
Acceptance Rate
8%
Average SAT
1520
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$26,932

56. University of Missouri - Columbia

For Game Design and Development

#151 in the World
Acceptance Rate
82%
Average SAT
1215
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
93%

57. Texas A&M International University

For Game Design and Development

#152 in the World
Acceptance Rate
59%
Average SAT
1010
Average ACT
18
Receiving Aid
98%

58. University of North Carolina at Charlotte

For Game Design and Development

#153 in the World
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average SAT
1195
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
74%

59. University of Virginia

For Game Design and Development

#163 in the World
Acceptance Rate
23%
Average SAT
1415
Average ACT
32
Receiving Aid
60%

60. University of California - Davis

For Game Design and Development

#171 in the World
Acceptance Rate
46%
Average SAT
1280
Average ACT
29
Receiving Aid
74%

61. George Mason University

For Game Design and Development

#180 in the World
Acceptance Rate
89%
Average SAT
1200
Average ACT
27
Receiving Aid
75%

62. Emory University

For Game Design and Development

#185 in the World
Acceptance Rate
19%
Average SAT
1455
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$25,672

63. Dartmouth College

For Game Design and Development

#187 in the World
Acceptance Rate
9%
Average SAT
1500
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$24,525

64. University of North Texas

For Game Design and Development

#189 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1145
Average ACT
24
Receiving Aid
85%

65. Tufts University

For Game Design and Development

#192 in the World
Acceptance Rate
16%
Average SAT
1455
Average ACT
34
Net Price
$32,720

66. University of California - San Francisco

For Game Design and Development

#194 in the World
Acceptance Rate
18%
Enrollment
3,201
Male:Female
36:64
Founded
1864

67. New Jersey Institute of Technology

For Game Design and Development

#195 in the World
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average SAT
1295
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
93%

68. University of New Mexico

For Game Design and Development

#198 in the World
Acceptance Rate
96%
Average SAT
1140
Average ACT
21
Receiving Aid
96%

69. Boston University

For Game Design and Development

#202 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Average SAT
1405
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$29,154

70. University at Buffalo

For Game Design and Development

#204 in the World
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average SAT
1225
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
86%

71. University of Georgia

For Game Design and Development

#207 in the World
Acceptance Rate
48%
Average SAT
1355
Average ACT
31
Receiving Aid
92%

72. University of Iowa

For Game Design and Development

#209 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1210
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
87%

73. Mississippi State University

For Game Design and Development

#210 in the World
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average SAT
1160
Average ACT
26
Receiving Aid
98%

74. Temple University

For Game Design and Development

#213 in the World
Acceptance Rate
71%
Receiving Aid
91%
Average Aid
$11,161
Enrollment
37,236

75. University of Miami

For Game Design and Development

#225 in the World
Acceptance Rate
33%
Average SAT
1335
Average ACT
30
Net Price
$31,726

76. University of Nevada - Reno

For Game Design and Development

#226 in the World
Acceptance Rate
87%
Average SAT
1160
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
92%

77. George Washington University

For Game Design and Development

#227 in the World
Acceptance Rate
43%
Average SAT
1360
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$40,308

78. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

For Game Design and Development

#231 in the World
Acceptance Rate
59%
Net Price
$45,834
Receiving Aid
100%
Average Aid
$23,536

79. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

For Game Design and Development

#232 in the World
Acceptance Rate
31%
Net Price
$12,497
Receiving Aid
69%
Average Aid
$1,500

80. California Institute of Technology

For Game Design and Development

#235 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1555
Average ACT
36
Net Price
$26,591

81. University of Texas at Dallas

For Game Design and Development

#242 in the World
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average SAT
1335
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
82%

82. Washington State University

For Game Design and Development

#247 in the World
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average SAT
1115
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
92%

83. Rochester Institute of Technology

For Game Design and Development

#251 in the World
Acceptance Rate
74%
Average SAT
1320
Average ACT
31
Net Price
$36,514

84. University of South Florida

For Game Design and Development

#252 in the World
Acceptance Rate
49%
Average SAT
1240
Average ACT
28
Receiving Aid
92%

85. University of Chicago

For Game Design and Development

#260 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Average SAT
1535
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$36,584

86. Ohio University

For Game Design and Development

#264 in the World
Acceptance Rate
87%
Average SAT
1150
Average ACT
24
Receiving Aid
95%

87. Drexel University

For Game Design and Development

#279 in the World
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average SAT
1280
Average ACT
28
Net Price
$39,463

88. Baylor College of Medicine

For Game Design and Development

#283 in the World
Acceptance Rate
3%
Enrollment
1,607
Male:Female
43:57
Founded
1900

89. University of Houston

For Game Design and Development

#284 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average SAT
1215
Average ACT
25
Receiving Aid
94%

90. Case Western Reserve University

For Game Design and Development

#294 in the World
Acceptance Rate
30%
Average SAT
1430
Average ACT
33
Net Price
$36,002

91. Ottawa University - Ottawa

For Game Design and Development

#298 in the World
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average SAT
870
Average ACT
20
Net Price
$27,504

92. DePaul University

For Game Design and Development

#301 in the World
Acceptance Rate
70%
Net Price
$33,319
Receiving Aid
98%
Average Aid
$24,589

93. University of Louisiana at Lafayette

For Game Design and Development

#302 in the World
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average SAT
1105
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
96%

94. Augusta University

For Game Design and Development

#303 in the World
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average SAT
1115
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
93%

95. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

For Game Design and Development

#314 in the World
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average SAT
1400
Average ACT
32
Net Price
$40,661

96. West Virginia University

For Game Design and Development

#316 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average SAT
1130
Average ACT
24
Receiving Aid
95%

97. University of Connecticut

For Game Design and Development

#324 in the World
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average SAT
1280
Average ACT
30
Receiving Aid
77%

98. Brigham Young University - Provo

For Game Design and Development

#334 in the World
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average SAT
1305
Average ACT
29
Net Price
$13,150

99. Rice University

For Game Design and Development

#336 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Average SAT
1515
Average ACT
35
Net Price
$19,215

100. University of Toledo

For Game Design and Development

#338 in the World
Acceptance Rate
95%
Average SAT
1098
Average ACT
23
Receiving Aid
97%

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