In the GDUSA February 2017 magazine, which kicked off our 54th year of publishing, we released our annual Students To Watch selections. Now we’ve compiled a list of our favorite institutions that excel in preparing students to work successfully and effectively in a professional graphic design setting. The list is based on a mix of objective and subjective factors, including our own decades long relationships with designers, students, recruiters, educators. The names are alphabetical. The reach is national. The theme is timely: design education is more important than ever as the lines between studio and classroom, office and academy, university and society, continue to blur. And as designers play an increasingly influential role in shaping commerce and culture.