Meridian, ID (population: 73,202) has two game design schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northwest Nazarene University, the highest ranked school in this group with a game design program, has a total student population of 1,950. It is the 3337th highest ranked school in the USA and the 17th highest in the state of Idaho (#1 is University of Idaho). To learn more about game design programs in Meridian, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of game design professors at Northwest Nazarene University such as Jon Bouw, and Debbie Brown.
Game Design students from Meridian schools who go on to become video game engineers, game designers, video game designers, game developers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 495,500 people working as computer software engineers, applications alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $90,170. Also, Computer software engineers, systems software make on average $96,620 per year and there are about 385,200 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Boise City-Nampa area alone, there are 970 employed computer software engineers, systems software earning an average salary of $84,650. Computer software engineers, applications in this area earn $78,640/yr and there are 640 employed.
Meridian lies in Ada county, which is one of the 33 counties in Idaho. Overall, the Boise City-Nampa area has 264,010 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $39,600 average annual salary. Thus, about 2 out of every 1000 jobs in Meridian are held by computer software engineers, applications, and 4/1000 are held by computer software engineers, systems software.
Of the 2 game design schools with a 100-mile radius of Meridian, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, ITT Technical Institute-Boise comes out as the most expensive ($22,237/yr) for game design students, with Northwest Nazarene University as the lowest, reported at only $18,806/yr.