SMU Guildhall rises to #2 in <em>The Princeton Review</em>’s 2016 graduate game-design program rankings

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SMU Guildhall rises to #2 in The Princeton Review’s 2016 graduate game-design program rankings

The Guildhall at SMU exterior, February 2015The SMU Guildhall has risen to the second spot among the world’s top graduate game-design programs in The Princeton Review’s seventh annual report, published Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy ranked #1 on the graduate school list in the Review’s 2016 report. At #2, the Guildhall ranks above the University of Utah (#3), USC (#4), New York University (#6), Rochester Institute of Technology (#7), Drexel (#8), Michigan State (#10), Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland (#12), DePaul (#15), MIT (#18), the University of Pennsylvania (#19), Ohio State (#20), and higher than three other top-25 graduate programs in Texas: UT-Dallas (#9), Texas A&M (#14) and St. Mary’s University (#25).

> Read The Princeton Review‘s full 2016 game design program rankings

The Review selected the schools based on its 2015-16 survey of 150 institutions in the United States, Canada and abroad that offer game design coursework and/or degrees. The 40-question survey asked schools to report on a range of topics, from academic offerings and faculty credentials to graduates’ employment and professional achievements. In addition, the Review weighted more than 40 data points to make its assessments, with criteria focusing on academics, faculty, technology and career services.

The Princeton Review’s reporting partner, PC Gamer magazine, will include a section on the top schools in its May 2016 issue. The issue will feature information on degree programs, class offerings, events, prominent professors, and alumni. The print edition will be delivered to subscribers this week and will be available on newsstands Tuesday, March 29.

> Visit the SMU Guildhall online

March 16, 2016|For the Record, News|

Princeton Review ranks SMU Guildhall #3 among graduate game-design programs in 2015

The Guildhall at SMU exterior, February 2015The Guildhall at SMU maintains its third spot among the world’s top graduate game-design programs in The Princeton Review’s sixth annual report, published Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

The University of Utah was ranked at #1 on the graduate school list in the Review’s 2015 report; UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy ranked #2. At #3, The Guildhall ranks above the University of Southern California (#4), Rochester Institute of Technology (#6), New York University (#9), MIT (#11) and Ohio State (#18), and higher than two other top-25 graduate programs in Texas: UT-Dallas (#12) and Texas A&M (#22).

> Read The Princeton Review‘s full 2015 game design program rankings

The Review selected the schools based on its 2014-15 survey of 150 institutions in the United States, Canada and abroad offering game design coursework and/or degrees. The 50-question survey asked schools to report on a range of topics, from academic offerings and faculty credentials to graduates’ employment and professional achievements. In addition, the Review weighted more than 60 data points to make its assessments, with criteria focusing on curriculum, facilities, technology and career services.

“Being in the top three schools is a tribute to faculty with deep experience, bright and motivated students, industry support, and a commitment to continual improvement,” said Gary Brubaker, director of The Guildhall at SMU.

The Princeton Review’s reporting partner, PC Gamer magazine, will include a section on the top schools in its May 2015 issue. The issue will feature information on degree programs, class offerings, events, prominent professors, and alumni. The print edition will be available on newsstands Tuesday, March 31.

> Visit The Guildhall at SMU online

March 30, 2015|News|

SMU receives Top 25 rankings in Princeton Review’s 2015 “Colleges That Pay You Back”

Dallas Hall at SMUSMU has been named one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking outstanding career preparation and networking opportunities, according to The Princeton Review.

The University placed #6 among the Top 25 Best Schools for Internships and #18 among Top 25 Best Alumni Networks. It is one of 200 schools profiled by the education services company in its new book, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In – 2015 Edition (Penguin Random House / Princeton Review, Feb. 3, 2015).

“In this new edition of the book, we recommend the colleges we consider the nation’s best for academics, affordability and career prospects,” The Princeton Review stated in announcing the new rankings. The Review has developed a “Return-on-Education” (ROE) rating to create its list of the 200 colleges it profiles. ROE measures 40 weighted data points in areas such as academics, cost, financial aid, student debt, graduation rates, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

The Review based its ROE rating on data collected in 2013-14 from its surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges, plus surveys conducted by PayScale.com through April 2014 of alumni of the same schools.

“An SMU education is a great investment. And while the cost might seem a tad steep on paper, the university really aims to make it affordable for all qualified students,” reads one excerpt from the University’s entry in the new guide. “Inside the classroom, students are greeted by ‘great’ professors who continually ‘take a personal interest in you and push you to reach higher.’ Finally, it’s not just the professors who receive terrific marks. The ‘administration genuinely care[s] about the personal growth of each individual student’ as well.”

In addition, the Review writes, “the school excels at leveraging its prime Dallas location where there are ‘ample internship [and job] opportunities.’ It also manages to attract a number of corporations for its spring job fair…. And fear not; career services ensures that students arrive at the fair prepared. Indeed, they provide interview techniques, resume workshops, networking tutorials and, most important, votes of confidence.”

“We salute and highly recommend Southern Methodist University and all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools. They stand out for their excellent academics, impressive career preparation services, and affordability to students with need – via comparatively low sticker prices, generous financial aid, or both,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior VP/publisher and lead author of the book. “Plus their students graduate with great career prospects.”

February 5, 2015|For the Record, News|

SMU Guildhall ranked 3rd among graduate game-design programs in 2014 Princeton Review list

The Guildhall at SMU, SMU-in-PlanoThe Guildhall at SMU has risen to the third spot among the world’s top graduate game-design programs in The Princeton Review’s fifth annual report, published Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The list puts The Guildhall four places higher than last year’s ranking of #7.

The University of Southern California is #1 on both the undergraduate and graduate school lists in The Princeton Review’s 2014 report; UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy ranked #2 among graduate programs. At #3, The Guildhall ranks above the Rochester Institute of Technology (#8) and MIT (#10), and higher than three other top-25 graduate programs in Texas: UT-Dallas (#11), University of North Texas (#23) and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio (#25).

> Read The Princeton Review‘s full report on its 2014 game design program rankings

The Review selected the schools based on its 2013-14 survey of 150 institutions in the United States, Canada and abroad offering game design coursework and/or degrees. The 50-question survey asked schools to report on a range of topics, from academic offerings and faculty credentials to graduates’ employment and professional achievements. Among the 60 data points the Review considered in its assessments were program curriculum, facilities, career services and technology.

“Being in the top three schools is a tribute to faculty with deep experience, bright and motivated students, industry support, and a commitment to continual improvement,” said Gary Brubaker, director of The Guildhall at SMU.

The Princeton Review’s reporting partner, PC Gamer magazine, will include a section on the top schools in its May 2014 issue. The issue will feature information on degree programs, class offerings, events, prominent professors, and alumni. The print edition will be available on newsstands Tuesday, April 1.

> Visit The Guildhall at SMU online

March 24, 2014|News|

University earns high marks in several 2013 rankings

Originally published Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.

Dallas Hall

SMU has been named in a variety of annual rankings of universities and graduate schools during spring and summer 2013:

SMU earns spot in “100 Best and Most Collaborative U.S. Colleges”

Outreach to students via social media has earned SMU a spot in the “100 Best and Most Collaborative U.S. Colleges” as calculated by Vala Afshar – CMO of Enterasys Networks, Huffington Post Business contributor and author of The Pursuit of Social Business Excellence.

Afshar used the U.S. News Top 100 list as a starting point and re-ranked it according to combined Klout and Kred scores – which measured SMU’s Twitter reach and influence. Among 35 “small” colleges and universities, SMU came in 14th and 47th overall.

National Ranking for Engineering

SMU is ranked No. 19 among the top 50 colleges and universities nationwide whose engineering graduates earn the highest salaries, as calculated by CollegeFactual, a new site that uses outcomes-based tools and rankings to guide the college selection process.

Read the news release

High Marks for Undergraduate Education

The Princeton Review ranks SMU as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to its guide, “The Best 378 Colleges.”

Only about 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year institutions and only four colleges outside the U.S. are included. In its specific categories, SMU placed in the top 20 for College City with High Marks (7); Best Career Services (8); Greek Life (12); Best College Dorms (14); Best-Run Colleges (14); Happiest Students (17); Best Athletic Facilities (18); and Most Beautiful Campus (20). The guide’s narrative is the most positive for SMU in recent years, focusing on the quality of the academic and campus experience.

Read the rankings

Rising Forbes Rankings

In Forbes‘ recent rankings of the nation’s top colleges, SMU has risen 24 places. SMU is the highest-ranked institution in North Texas, third-highest in the state and among the top 100 universities nationwide. The survey ranks SMU 81 out of 650 U.S. colleges and universities based on student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and nationally competitive awards. The Forbes rankings are produced annually by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in Washington, D.C.

Read more about the Forbes ranking

Top Rankings from The Economist and BloombergBusinessweek

The Economist ranks the Cox Executive M.B.A. program at No. 18 out of 62 business schools globally in the magazine’s first-ever E.M.B.A. rankings survey. Read more.

BloombergBusinessweek ranks the Cox School of Business 30 among 169 in its 2013 Best Undergraduate B-Schools guide. In the category of business law, Cox ranks fourth out of 124. Read more. 

Law Rankings Rise

The Dedman School of Law rose to 48 among the top 144 law schools in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 rankings. The rankings are based on reputation, selectivity, placement success and faculty resources. Read more.

U.S. News & World Report rankings

August 28, 2013|News|
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