Skip to main content
Back to top

This page details the application materials and admissions requirements for all the Bachelor of Science degree programs offered through the DigiPen Nexus system (currently including the BS in Computer Science and Game Development). Read all sections carefully and please contact @email if you need clarification on any of these requirements.

Application for Admission

You must submit an online application to be considered for admission. You may save your progress partway through the application if you choose to complete it over more than one session. We recommend that you review the application instructions on this page and prepare the necessary materials prior to beginning the online application.

You will need the following materials in order to complete the application for admission:

  • Name, address, and phone number for all high schools and colleges you have attended
  • Dates (month and year) that you attended each institution
  • Your school counselor’s contact information (if applicable)
  • List of any extracurricular activities you have participated in (optional)
  • Resume or CV (optional)
  • Contact information for anyone providing a letter of recommendation (optional)
  • Emergency contact person’s details
  • Credit card information (if you choose to pay the application fee online)

Application Fee

You must include a $60 application fee along with your application. When applying online, you can either pay by credit card or select the option to pay the fee later. If you choose to pay later, you can find the payment instructions by clicking “Application Fee” on the right-hand menu whenever you log back into the application portal.

Application fees can also be paid by credit card, cash, check, or money order (made out to DigiPen Institute of Technology).

DigiPen provides fee waivers to applicants who visit the campus for an admissions meeting or on-site information session or who attend an online outreach event.

Course Requirements

In order to apply to the BS in Computer Science and Game Development program, you must demonstrate sufficient academic background in mathematics, physics, and computer science by having completed the following:

  • One year (two semesters or three quarters) of college-level calculus courses (equivalent of DigiPen Redmond Campus’s MAT 150 and MAT 200)

  • One year (two semesters or three quarters) of college-level physics courses with accompanying lab (equivalent of DigiPen Redmond Campus’s PHY 200 and PHY 250, with lab)

  • One year (two semesters or three quarters) of college-level computer science courses (must include: data types, functions, arrays, control structures, repetition, recursion, and data structures, including stacks, queues, linked lists, hash tables, trees, and graphs)

  • 20+ semester-based credits of college-level general education courses


Applicants must provide evidence of completion of high school and an associate of science degree or a completed degree demonstrating appropriate math, physics, and computer science coursework with a recommended minimum 2.5 cumulative college-level GPA. In-progress transcripts are acceptable if you are currently completing your associate degree.

In order to be evaluated, applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools attended. Official transcripts can be uploaded via the application portal.

For Accepted Applicants

Following acceptance, official transcripts from all schools attended showing completion of high school and an associate of science degree or a completed degree demonstrating appropriate math, physics, and computer science coursework should be sent directly to DigiPen by the issuing institutions. You may, however, send the transcripts yourself if they are first sealed in an envelope and stamped across the seal by the issuing institution’s registrar. Transcripts should be mailed to:

DigiPen Institute of Technology
Attn: Office of Admissions
9931 Willows Rd. NE
Redmond, WA 98052

DigiPen can also accept transcripts via the following pre-approved digital courier services:

  • Parchment
  • eScrip-Safe
  • National Student Clearinghouse

DigiPen cannot accept opened, faxed, or emailed transcripts as official.

Reasons for Applying Essay

Applicants should use the following outline to write their Reasons for Applying essay:

Why have you applied to this program, what inspired you to pursue a future in this field, what have you done to prepare yourself for this field, and why is this program at the DigiPen Nexus the right program for you to realize your goals?

While answering this question, consider addressing coursework you have taken related to your chosen field, participation at DigiPen or other industry workshops or events, what you hope to do after graduating from DigiPen, what it means to be a professional in your chosen field, and your understanding of your chosen degree program at the DigiPen Nexus.

Spelling, grammar, and sentence structure are all considered. Proofread your essay carefully.

Essay Submission Guidelines

Essays can be submitted by uploading directly via the online application.

You can also submit your essay by mailing a hard copy to DigiPen’s Office of Admissions or emailing a copy to @email.

Other Materials

Optional Additional Essay

Use this optional essay to explain any unusual circumstances or situations that you think may have an impact on your application.

Optional Letters of Recommendation

All applicants (including international applicants) are strongly encouraged to submit two optional letters of recommendation. Letters must be from individuals familiar with your academic background or work ethic (e.g., an instructor, school counselor, or employer). Recommendation letters from family members will not be considered.

You may choose to enter the contact information for your references in the online application. In this case, our system will email each reference a link to an electronic recommendation form. You should ask your references for recommendations before including their names on your application and tell them to expect a reference request via email.

For hard copy submissions, each letter must be sealed, signed, and dated by the author and must contain a contact phone number. Recommenders should explain how long they have known you and in what capacity.

How Optional Materials Factor Into Your Application

Please note that your application will be sent for evaluation whether or not optional materials are expected to be received, as long as it meets all requirements.

Take the Next Step

Get connected with DigiPen and stay in the loop!

Sign up and we’ll keep you updated on our current program, the application process, and any upcoming events.

Request Information

Start Your Application

Ready to take your education further? Head to our secure application portal and submit an application for admission.

Apply Online