Oklahoma Christian University was named to the list of the top 50 gaming programs in the United States and Canada this year. The university is the only institution in the state to make the list compiled by The Princeton Review and GamePro magazine.
Five hundred institutions that offer game-design programs were evaluated for the list. Criteria included the quality of the curriculum, faculty, facilities and infrastructure, according to The Princeton Review website. Scholarships, financial aid and career opportunities also were taken into consideration. OC offers a bachelor of arts degree in gaming and animation. As part of the program, students learn problem-solving skills related to visual communication, animation and graphic design. University staff designed the program after reviewing programs at institutions across the country, gaming program adviser Jeff Price said. "We have access to software that used to be available only at large gaming companies,” Price said. "Students don’t have to move to Florida or L.A. anymore.” Price said he views the university’s inclusion on the list as an accomplishment, but his goal is for OC to be ranked in the top eight. The top eight are considered "the best of the best,” according to the Princeton Review website. The remaining 42 are unranked in alphabetical order.