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Top 50 Fashion Merchandising Schools and Colleges in the US – 2015

Written by FS StaffJune 27, 2015

Our 2015 list of the Top 50 Fashion Merchandising School Programs in the US. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York (top 5% of schools considered)

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) was founded in 1944 and it is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) family. The school is home to 10,052 students enrolled in 37 majors and 12 certificate programs across five schools including the School of Art and Design, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, School of Liberal Arts, the School of Graduate Studies, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. The School of Business and Technology and the School of Art and Design offer several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers.

The School of Business and Technology is home to the “the largest and oldest degree program of its kind in the country, according to FIT. Degree options include AAS and BS degrees in Fashion Merchandising Management. The AAS program offers one-year and two-year options. The BS program offers specializations in Buying and Planning, Product Development, and of course, Fashion Management. The program also features an international program in Florence and New York that allows students to one year of the BS program at FIT and one year at the Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing in Florence, Italy. Other study abroad options include Australia, London, Hong Kong, Paris, and Rome.

The School of Art and Design offers AAS and BFA degrees in Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design, and an MA in Exhibition Design. Non-certificate programs include Fashion Styling. The Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design degree program is “the first and only one of its kind in the country,” according to FIT. Highlights include projects with industry partners such as Macy’s, Sony, Target, and Vespa, opportunities to work with Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Wildlife Conservation Society, New-York Historical Society, and many other nonprofit and corporate organizations, and the opportunity to display their work in major campus exhibitions.

All students have the opportunity to intern at local, national, or international companies, and participate in the Annual FIT Fashion Show. Companies such as American Express, Ann Taylor, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Coach, GAP, Liz Claiborne, Louis Vuitton, New York Hall of Science, Nieman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Victoria's Secret, and many others have hired FIT graduates.

2. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama (top 5% of schools considered)

Auburn University was established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College. Today, the school is home to a co-ed student population of 25,912 students enrolled in more than 140 degree options across 13 colleges and schools. The College of Human Sciences is home to the Department of Consumer & Design Sciences (CADS), which offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers.

Programs include a BS in Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management (BS-APDP) with an Apparel Merchandising option, an MS in Consumer and Design Sciences – Apparel and Interiors (MS-CAHS), and a PhD in Consumer Design Sciences (PhD – CADS). An accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s with a Merchandising option is also on the menu. The accelerated BS and MS programs may be completed in four terms.

Focus areas for the MS-CAHS and the PhD – CADS program include Consumer Behavior, Interior Design, Functional and Creative Apparel Design, Retail Management, Product Development, Sustainability, Creativity, Forecasting and Trend Analysis, Emerging Technologies, and Multicultural and Global Markets.

All students have the opportunity to intern at local retailers and design houses as well as study in New York (IQLA New York Study Tour) or abroad. Study abroad locations may include Italy, London, Fiji, Jordan, Peru, South Africa, and more.

3. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (top 5% of schools considered)

Iowa State University (ISU or Iowa State) was established in 1858 as Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm. It is home to 34,734 students enrolled in hundreds of programs across 10 colleges and schools. The College of Human Sciences is home to the Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management (AESHM) Department. The Department offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers.

Offerings include BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Apparel, Merchandising and Design (AMD). The MS program offers a non-thesis option with a specialization in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design and the PhD program is offered on campus and in distance hybrid format that requires just one or two short on-campus summer coursework sessions. A Minor in Apparel Merchandising and Design is also on the menu as well as a Certificate in Merchandising.

In addition to a variety of program offerings, Apparel, Merchandising, and Fashion merchandising students have access to The Historic Costume and Textile Collection, which features more than 9,000 historic and ethnic textile and dress items. They also have access to the Textiles and Clothing Museum, which houses The Mary Alice Gallery, the Donna Rae Danielson Textiles and Clothing Conservation Laboratory, and The Textiles and Clothing Collection Storage. The museum features more than 9,500 items.

Students also have the opportunity to study in “major market areas” such as New York or Chicago, they may assist in the production of the Department’s publication—TREND magazine, they may participate in a variety of international study programs in Europe, and all students have the opportunity to participate in ISU’s Annual Fashion Show.

4. Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon (top 5% of schools considered)

Oregon State University was founded in 1868. It is home to more than 30,000 students enrolled in more than 200 undergraduate and more than 80 graduate degree programs across 13 colleges and schools. The College of Business is home to the School of Design & Human Environment. The School offers a BS in Merchandising Management.

Fashion merchandising students will have the opportunity to learn from the DHE Historic and Cultural Textile and Apparel Collection, which includes approximately 2,000 Euro-American and ethnic apparel pieces and other textile products. In addition, all undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in the internship program. Students have interned with major designers, brands and retailers such as Anna Sui, Columbia Sportswear, Nordstrom, and Fred Meyer.

5. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado (top 5% of schools considered)

Colorado State University (CSU) was founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College. It is home to around 30,000 students enrolled in more than 150 degree programs across 14 colleges and schools. The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to the Design and Merchandising Program. Degree offerings for aspiring fashion merchandisers include a BS in Apparel and Merchandising - Merchandising, and an MS in Design and Merchandising - Apparel and Merchandising. A Minor in Merchandising is also available.

Fashion merchandising students have the opportunity to work with more than 18,000 artifacts and view collections at the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising (formerly the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection). Special collections include designer garments from Calvin Klein, James Galanos, Carolina Herrera, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, and Versace, as well as ethnographic holdings, and The Ruth Payne Hellmann Lace Collection, which features more than 1,500 pieces of historic lace and lacemaking tools.

Fashion merchandising students also have the opportunity to participate in the annual fashion show, internship programs, the study abroad program, and domestic and international study tours of New York, Hong Kong, Thailand, India, and England. Past students have studied abroad in Italy, France, Peru, Ghana, and Australia and some have participated in Semester at Sea. Students have completed internships with major companies and brands such as Betsy Johnson, Crocs, BornFit, Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren, Sierra Designs, Target, Icelandic Design, Pearl Izumi, and many others.

6. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (top 5% of schools considered)

Founded in 1910, Kent State University (KSU or Kent State) is home to 27,500 students with access to more than 300 degree programs across dozens of colleges, schools, and departments. The College of the Arts is home to The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising (the Fashion School). The Fashion School offers a BS in Fashion Merchandising.

All fashion merchandising students are eligible to participate in the Fashion School's Annual Fashion Show—FS2 Visionnaire, as well as New York Fashion Week and a variety of international programs. According to the school, “study tours to Europe and Asia are offered on a regular basis.” Fashion capitals such as Florence, Paris, London and Hong Kong are often on the menu.

7. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida (top 5% of schools considered)

Florida State University was founded in 1851. It is home to more than 40,000 students enrolled in over 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs through 16 colleges. The College of Human Sciences is home to the Retail, Merchandising and Product Development Department (RMPD). The Department offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers including a BS in Retail Merchandising and Product Development, an MS Clothing, Textiles and Merchandising with a major in Global Merchandising and Product Development, and a Graduate Certificate in Retail Merchandising.

Program highlights include internship opportunities with more than 250 companies such as American Eagle, Macy’s, Burberry, and Escada; study opportunities in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, New York City, Orlando, Miami, or London, and participation in the annual fashion show.

8. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma (top 10% of schools considered)

Oklahoma State University was established in 1890. It is home to more than 35,000 students across five campuses and 10 colleges. The College of Human Sciences’ Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include a BS in Human Sciences with a Major in Design, Housing & Merchandising – Option: Merchandising (BS DHM), an MS in Design, Housing and Merchandising (MS DHM) with a Merchandising Research Option, and a PhD in Human Sciences with a Specialization in Design, Housing and Merchandising (PhD – DHM).

Fashion merchandising students have the opportunity to complete an internship with designers and brands such as BCBG, Lands’ End, Max Azria, Vera Wang, Liz Claiborne, and Victoria’s Secret. In addition, travel-study programs allow students to explore the fashion scenes in places such as New York, Dallas, Mexico, Paris, Berlin, and many others.

9. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul), Minnesota (top 10% of schools considered)

The University of Minnesota (U of M) was established in 1851. It is home to 69,221 students enrolled in more than 400 degree programs across 17 colleges and schools. The College of Design is home to the Department of Design, Housing and Apparel, which offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Degree offerings include a BS and a Minor in Retail Merchandising. A Degree in 3 program is also on the menu. The program allows students to complete the Retail Merchandising program in three years. The program offers a General Track and an Apparel Track.

Fashion merchandising students have access to The Wearable Product Design Center (WPDC), the Wearable Technology Lab, and the Human Dimensioning Lab, as well as the opportunity to participate in the College of Design Annual Apparel Design Fashion Show. In addition, all students have the option to study abroad. Study abroad opportunities are available in Sydney, Australia; Florence, Italy; Amsterdam; Istanbul, Turkey; London, England, and Northern Ireland. 

10. University of North Texas, Denton, Texas (top 10% of schools considered)

University of North Texas was founded in 1890 as Texas Normal College and Teachers’ Training Institute. It is home to more than 36,000 students enrolled in 99 bachelors, 83 masters and 36 doctoral degree programs across 11 colleges and schools. The College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include BS, MS, and dual MBA/MS degrees in Merchandising and a Graduate Academic Certificate in Merchandising. A BS in Home Furnishings Merchandising is also on the menu.

Program highlights include participation in the internship program, which allows students to work at fashion houses in Dallas and Fort Worth as well as apparel companies in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and London. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the annual ArtWear Fashion Show as well as national and international events such as Fashion Group International of Dallas’ Career Day, and The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and Gap Inc.’s Design Your Future competition.

Graduates of the Fashion Merchandising program at UNT have been hired by major companies such as Fossil, J.C. Penney, Havertys, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Target, Tuesday Morning, Zale Corp, and more.

11. University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia (top 10% of schools considered)

The University of Georgia (UGA) was chartered in 1785, making Georgia the first state in the U.S. to charter a state-supported university. The school is home to more than 34,000 students enrolled in 170 majors and academic programs across 17 colleges and schools. The College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) is home the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors. The Department offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include Fashion Merchandising (BS FCS), an MS in Merchandising & International Trade, and a PhD with an Emphasis in International Merchandising. A Fashion Merchandising Minor is also on the menu.

Program highlights include the London Study Abroad Program and opportunities to study in China, Tokyo, Ghana and more; optional membership in the student organizations such as the Student Merchandising Association or the Fashion Design Student Association, and possible internship opportunities at companies such as Macy’s, Nicole Miller, Nordstrom, Nieman Marcus, Escada, Marc Jacobs, Armani Exchange, Target and many others. Students may also participate in the annual UGA Fashion Week. 

Graduates of the Merchandising programs at UGA have been hired by companies such as Atlanta Apparel Mart, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Boxercraft Inc., Diane Von Furstenberg, DDI Magazine, Macy's, Oxford Industries, Ralph Lauren, Nordstrom, Warby Parker, and WWD & W Magazine.

12. Baylor University, Waco, Texas (top 10% of schools considered)

Baylor University was chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas. It is home to more than 16,000 students enrolled in more than 250 degree programs across nine colleges and schools. The Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences houses the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences. The Department offers six different majors including one for aspiring fashion merchandisers—the BS in Apparel Merchandising.

The BS program features access to the Parker Design & Technology Center which “provides students with the latest state-of-the-art software, equipment, and technology,” summer study tours, and internship opportunities at home and overseas. Students have interned at Betsey Johnson – NY, Anna Sui - NY, Quick Silver – Los Angeles, XOXO and Rampage – Los Angeles, and Haggar - Dallas. Internships abroad have included Ann-Louise Roswald - London, UK, Amanda Wakeley - London, UK, Christopher & La Lou - Paris, France, and others.

The program also offers the opportunity for fashion students to show their collections at the Annual Baylor Fashion Show, which takes place at the end of spring semester each year. Field experiences are on the menu as well and may include trips to Dallas Market, Studios of Apparel Designers, Apparel Manufacturing Firms, and Fashion Group International (FGI) Dallas Career Day, which takes place at the Apparel Mart.

13. University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware (top 10% of schools considered)

The University of Delaware (UD) was chartered by the State of Delaware in 1833. It is home to 22,680 students enrolled in more than 300 degree programs through seven colleges and dozens of schools and departments. The College of Arts & Sciences is home to the Department of Fashion & Apparel Studies (FASH). The Department offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include a BS in Fashion Merchandising, an Honors BS in Fashion Merchandising, and a 4+1 program that allows undergraduate Fashion Merchandising majors interested in graduate study to complete the MS in Fashion and Apparel Studies in half the time.  

Fashion merchandising program highlights include participation in the annual fashion show and the opportunity to complete an internship at home, overseas, or both. Past students have completed internships in New York, Hong Kong, and other fashion capitals. In addition, the University of Delaware has a Visiting Student Program. This “cooperative arrangement between the University of Delaware (UD) and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)” allows students to attend FIT for one year and apply coursework towards the BS program at UD.

14. Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (top 15% of schools considered)

Drexel University was established in 1891 and it is home to 26,359 students enrolled in 200 degree programs across 15 colleges and schools. The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design is home to the Department of Fashion, Product and Design & Merchandising. The Department offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include a BS in Design & Merchandising with concentrations in Retail Buying & Merchandising, Fashion Product Development, Fashion Promotion & Special Events, Merchandising Technologies, and Design Management for Design & Merchandising.

Program highlights include access to “studios and specialized labs” in the school’s URBN Center, access to the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC), study abroad opportunities in fashion capitals such as London, Prague, Greece, and Australia, and participation in the Annual Drexel Fashion Show. Students also have the opportunity to contribute to d&m Magazine, blogs and the recently launched online d&mShop.

15. University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina (top 15% of schools considered)

The University of South Carolina was founded in 1801 as South Carolina College. It is home to nearly 32,000 students enrolled in more than 250 academic degree programs through 16 colleges and schools. The College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) offers serval programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include a BS in Fashion Retailing with a Concentration in Fashion Merchandising and a Master of Retailing. An accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program is also on the menu.

Program highlights include the opportunity to complete two internships, participation in USC Fashion Week, access to organizations such as Retail and Fashion Merchandising Graduate Student Organization (RFMGSO), the National Retail Federation, and Fashion Board at USC. Students have the opportunity to attend Fashion Week in New York City and they have access to a wide variety of study abroad opportunities. For example, the College of HRSM has a global exchange program with the University of Aruba (UA), which allows students to study at UA for an entire semester. Other study abroad opportunities include Paris, Italy, London, Macao-China, Punta Cana-Dominican Republic, China, Switzerland, and Germany.

16. University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri (top 15% of schools considered)

Founded in 1839, the University of Missouri is home to nearly 35,000 students enrolled in more than 280 degree programs through 15 colleges and schools. The College of Human and Environmental Sciences (HES) is home to the Department of Textile & Apparel Management (TAM). The Department offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include a BS in Textile & Apparel Management with several Tracks for merchandisers including Apparel and Merchandising, and International Apparel Marketing and Merchandising. A Minor in TAM is also on the menu.

Program highlights include access to the Missouri Historic Costume and textile Collection (MHCTC), which features more than 5,500 artifacts, the New York Study Tour, participation in the Annual Fashion Show, internship opportunities, and study abroad experiences. Study abroad locations have included India and El Salvador, and TAM has a partnership with Study Abroad Italy (SAI), which offers fashion-based programs in Florence, Milan and London.

17. Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California (top 15% of schools considered)

Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is home to more than 18,000 students enrolled in dozens of art and design programs. The School of Fashion offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include AA, BFA, and MFA degrees in Fashion Merchandising, and AA and BFA degrees in Visual Merchandising.

According to the Academy, all fashion students have access to facilities that feature “the same leading-edge equipment and resources that top fashion houses enjoy.” Internship opportunities are also available as well as the opportunity to participate in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York City and the Annual Graduation Fashion Show in San Francisco.

According to the Academy, “the show has been heralded as the "Fashion Week of San Francisco" by both local and national members of the fashion industry.

Graduates of the Academy of Art University have been hired by major companies such as Adidas, Chanel, Gap, Kate Spade, Levi Strauss & Co., Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, and many others.

18. LIM College, New York, New York (top 15% of schools considered)

LIM College was established in 1939. It is home to more than 1,700 students enrolled in associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs. The Departments of Fashion Merchandising and Visual Merchandising offer a variety of programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers.

Offerings include AAS, AOS, BBA, and BPS degrees in Fashion Merchandising and a BBA in Visual Merchandising. The BBA degree in Fashion Merchandising will have an option for a Retail Buying & Planning track beginning in Fall 2015.

Program highlights include required internships and optional participation in the annual Fashion Show, as well as membership in the Fashion Show Production Club, Fashion Styling Club, and many other student organizations. There are also many opportunities to travel or study abroad, including in London, Paris, China, Australia, Spain and Italy.

19. Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, California (top 15% of schools considered)

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) was founded in 1969. It is home to 7,000 students, 500 faculty members, and an advisory board that includes “industry giants” such as Fred Segal, Diane von Furstenberg, Tim Gunn (of Project Runway, Filmed at FIDM), and Emanuel Ungaro. The school consists of four campuses with locations in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Irvine and it offers 26 creative majors leading to an AA, BA or BS degree.

Degree programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers include AA and AA, Professional Designation degrees in Merchandise Marketing, Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing.

Program highlights include the opportunity to participate in the annual DEBUT Runway Show, which is streamed online and televised, annual study tours of fashion capitals such as New York, Paris, London, Rome, Milan, and internship opportunities. Students have completed internships with Anthropologie, Giorgio Armani, Warner Bros., Cartier, Chloé, Van Cleef & Arpels, and other major companies.  

20. Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York (top 15% of schools considered)

Marist College was founded in 1929. It is home to 6,365 students enrolled in 77 programs through seven schools. The School of Communication and the Arts offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include a BS in Fashion Merchandising with a Concentration in Fashion Promotion, Product Development, or Business. A Minor in Fashion Merchandising is also on the menu.

Fashion merchandising students may participate in the School’s internship program, which offers the opportunity to work at companies such as Armani A/X, Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein, Chanel, DKNY, Escada, MTV, Nordstrom, Polo and many others. Students may also participate in Marist in Manhattan (NYC Internship Experience), Fashion Inc. (club), Marist Fashion Magazine, and the Silver Needle Runway Show.

The School of Communication and the Arts encourages all students to complete two internships, which will give them a strong advantage when it comes to job opportunities. Fashion Program alumni have been hired by companies such as Ann Taylor, BCBG, Chanel, Donna Karan, GAP, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, MTV, Perry Ellis, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tahari, Tory Burch, and many more.

21. Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (top 20% of schools considered)

Philadelphia University (PhilaU) was founded in 1884 as Philadelphia Textile School. It is home to 3,200 students enrolled in more than 60 areas of study leading to the bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees. PhilaU houses the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

The Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce houses two schools—the School of Design and Engineering and the School of Business. The School of Business offers a BS in Fashion Merchandising and Management (FMM). Students choose two specializations from the following options: Buying & Merchandising, Fashion Apparel Production, Fashion Entrepreneurship, Fashion Material Insight & Innovation, Fashion Product Management, Fashion Retail Experience, Fashion Technology, Global Brand Marketing, and Integrated Fashion Communication.

Program highlights include internships with major companies such as Coach, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Tommy Hilfiger, Macy’s, Under Armour, The Limited brands, and QVC; study abroad experiences in China, Paris, London, Milan, Rome and India, and collaborative projects for companies such as Cotton Inc., Maidenform, Toys R Us, and Target. Students may also participate in the Annual Philadelphia University Fashion Show.

22. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California (top 20% of schools considered)

California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona) was founded in 1938. It is home to nearly 24,000 students enrolled in hundreds of programs through eight academic colleges. The College of Agriculture, Department of Apparel Merchandising and Management offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include a BS in Apparel Merchandising and Management (AMM) with an option in Fashion Retailing or Apparel Production. A Minor or Certificate in AMM are also on the menu. 

Program highlights include hands-on lab activities, industry tradeshows and visits, industry internships and field and study abroad opportunities. Students have completed internships at major companies such as BCBG, GUESS, Nordstrom, Bebe, Forever 21, Quicksilver, Lucky Brand jeans, Disney, Hurley, True Religion, and many others. New York, London, Paris, Milan, Rome, and Florence are just a few of the places past AMM students have studied.

AMM students also have the opportunity to participate in industry competitions, the Annual Fashion Show, AM2—the product line developed by Apparel Production students, and ApparelScapes—AMM’s retail microbusiness established in 2001. According to Cal Poly, ApparelScapes “retails AM2 and BLDG45 branded clothing through its own retail venues on the campus.

23. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (top 20% of schools considered)

The Ohio State University (OSU) was established in 1870. It has a student population of nearly 65,000 enrolled in more than 350 programs across more than a dozen schools and colleges. Within OSU’s College of Education and Human Ecology, the Department of Human Sciences offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers.

The Department offers a BS in Human Ecology, Fashion and Retail Studies with a Specialization in Merchandising or Product Development, an MS in Consumer Sciences with a Specialization in  Fashion and Retail Studies, and a PhD in Consumer Sciences with a Concentration in Fashion and Retail Studies.

Program highlights include participation in the Fashion Production Association, the opportunity to volunteer at the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection, internship opportunities, and study abroad experiences from China to Thailand. Students will also benefit from the Fashion and Retail Studies Speaker Series with past guests such as Ed Razek, executive producer of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and chief marketing officer of Limited Brands, and Terry Lundgren, CEO of Macy's Inc.

Finally, all students have the opportunity to travel to New York City to attend the National Retail Federation's annual student event, which offers networking opportunities with retail professionals and the chance to meet with recruiters that do not recruit at OSU.

24. University of Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island (top 20% of schools considered)

The University of Rhode Island (URI) was chartered as the state's agricultural school in 1888. It is home to 16,571 undergraduate and graduate students (Fall 2014) enrolled in more than 80 majors across nine colleges and The Graduate School of Oceanography. The College of Human Science and Services’ Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers.

Offerings include an MS, BS and a Minor in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design (TMD). A Certificate in Fashion Merchandising is also on the menu as well as a double major in TMD and a “fashion” language — either French or Italian.

Program highlights include internships with major companies and brands such as Gucci (New York), Nordstrom (Providence, RI), Donna Karan (New York), Marc Jacobs (New York), Rhode Island Design Center (Warwick, RI) and Green Envy (Newport, RI). Students also have the opportunity to study abroad in London, Paris (at Mod’Spe), Firenze, Italy (at Accademia Italiana), Barcelona, or other fashion capitals.

Summer Study at the Universite de la Mode in Lyon, France is also on the menu as well the New York Experience, the Winter Fashion Study Tour of London and Paris, access to the Historic Textile and Costume Collection and participation in the Annual Fashion Show.

25. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (top 20% of schools considered)

The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) opened in 1883. It is home to more than 51,000 students enrolled in more 300 academic programs across 13 colleges and schools. The Division of Textiles and Apparel of the School of Human Ecology offers a BS in Textiles and Apparel (TXA) with an Option in Retail Merchandising and Consumer Sciences.

Fashion merchandising students have access to study abroad opportunities in places such as India and China as well as internship opportunities with major companies such as Anne Klein, Betsey Johnson, Coach, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Zac Posen, and more. All UT students with upper-division standing are eligible for the UT in NYC Program, which “brings apparel design, conservation and merchandising students together for a broad look at the apparel industry with an entrepreneurial focus,” says the school. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Annual UT Fashion Show.

26. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia (top 20% of schools considered)

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) was established in 1838. It is home to 31,163 students enrolled in around 226 certificate and degree programs across 13 schools and one college. The School of the Arts is home to the Department of Fashion, which has more than 300 students enrolled in two tracks: Fashion Merchandising (BA) or Fashion Design (BFA).

Program highlights include optional membership in The VCU Stiletto Club, internship opportunities in the U.S. and overseas, and study abroad opportunities including Fashion in Florence, VCU Qatar, and options in Paris, London, Scotland, and more. Fashion students also have the opportunity to participate in the VCU Annual Fashion Show.

27. Washington State University, Pullman, Washington (top 20% of schools considered)

Washington State University (WSU) was founded in 1890. The school’s main campus is located in Pullman, Washington, and it has regional campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and West Richland), Vancouver, and Everett. Washington State is home to nearly 29,000 students enrolled in 200+ undergraduate fields of study, 66 masters and 47 doctoral programs, and a variety of professional programs across 11 colleges.

The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) is home to the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles (AMDT). The Department offers a BA in Apparel, Merchandising, and Textiles with a Merchandising option. The Department and WSU’s Graduate School offer an MA in Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles.

In addition to study abroad opportunities in more than 70 countries around the world, students have access to the third largest apparel and textile industry in the country and student chapters of two major industry associations—the International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA) and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC). Students also have the opportunity to participate in several campus events including exhibitions, design and merchandising competitions, and the popular Mom’s Weekend Fashion Show.

28. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (top 25% of schools considered)

Louisiana State University (LSU) was founded in 1860. The school is home to more than 29,000 students enrolled in more than 200 programs across 11 colleges and schools. The College of Agriculture, Department of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising (TAM) offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include a BS in Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising (BS TAM) with a Concentration in Merchandising, and MS and PhD Degrees in Human Ecology with a Concentration in Merchandising.

Program highlights include optional membership in the Fashion Association at LSU (FALSU), access to state-of-the art facilities such as an apparel production lab, textiles testing and processing lab, and body scanning lab, and access to the LSU Textile & Costume Museum and Historic & Archaeological Textile and Apparel Research Laboratory. Students also have the opportunity to complete an internship and participate in the Annual Fashion Show.

29. Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia (top 25% of schools considered)

Virginia Tech University (Virginia Tech) was founded in 1872 as Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. It is home to 31,000 students enrolled in 240 degree programs through eight colleges and a graduate school. The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences’ Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management (AHRM) offers a BS in Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management with a Fashion Merchandising and Design (FMD) major.

Program highlights include internship opportunities with past companies such as Nordstrom and Anna Sui, the New York Fashion Study Tour, and the European Study Abroad program featuring stops in London, Paris, Rome, Florence, and other European fashion capitals. Students also have access to the Oris Glisson Historic Costume Collection and Textile Collection, which features 5,000 items of historic significance dating from 1840 to the present, they may join the Fashion Merchandising and Design Society, and students may participate the Annual FMDS Fashion Show.

Virginia Tech Fashion Merchandising alums work at a variety of major companies such as Oscar de la Renta, rue21, Lord and Taylor’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Michael Kors, and Jimmy Choo, HomeGoods, Haute Look, Victoria’s Secret, Target, and more.

30. Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas (top 25% of schools considered)

Kansas State University (Kansas State or K-State) was founded in 1863. It is home to more than 24,300 students enrolled in over 250 undergraduate majors and options, and more than 150 graduate study programs (including graduate certificates). Kansas State houses nine colleges and a graduate school. The College of Human Ecology is home to the Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design.

The Department (in conjunction with Great Plains IDEA) offers a distance MS in Merchandising. Program highlights include mandatory internships, faculty-led study tours in the U.S. and abroad, and an annual public exhibition of student work.

31. San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California (top 25% of schools considered)

San Francisco State University (SFSU) was founded in 1899 as San Francisco State Normal School. It is home to 30,500 students enrolled in more than 140 undergraduate and graduate programs, 17 credential programs and 38 certificate programs across seven colleges. The College of Health and Social Sciences is home to the Department of Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics. The Department offers one program for aspiring fashion merchandisers—a BS in Apparel Design and Merchandising with a Fashion Merchandising Emphasis.

Program highlights include internship opportunities, participation in the Annual Fashion Show, and study abroad opportunities in Italy, London, and Sydney.

32. Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas (top 25% of schools considered)

Texas Woman's University (TWU) was founded in 1901 as The Girls Industrial College. It is home to more than 15,000 students enrolled in more than 150 programs across four colleges and a graduate school. The College of Arts & Sciences is home to the School of Management. The School offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include BS and Post-Baccalaureate degrees in Fashion Merchandising with several Emphasis options including Planning and Management.

Dual degree programs include a BA in Fashion Design/BS Fashion Merchandising, BS Fashion Merchandising/BBA Marketing, BS Fashion Merchandising/BBA Management, and a BS Fashion Merchandising/BBA Entrepreneurship. A Fashion Merchandising Minor is also on the menu.

In addition to a variety of programs for fashion merchandisers, the School of Management offers internship opportunities at companies such as Aldo, BCBG Max Azria, Coach, Express, Michael Kors, and Nordstrom. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Annual Montage Senior Fashion Show and the Global Fashion Study Tour of Paris.

33. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska (top 25% of schools considered)

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) was chartered in 1869. It is home to nearly 25,000 students enrolled in dozens of programs across 10 colleges. The College of Education and Human Sciences (CHES) houses the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design (TMFD), which offers a wide variety of programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers.

Undergraduate offerings include BS degrees in Merchandising and Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design/Communications. Graduate offerings include MA, MS, and PhD degrees in Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design. A Graduate Certificate in Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design is also on the menu.

Program highlights include biennial juried student exhibitions, study tours and international experiences in New York, Paris/Milan, London/Paris, Paris/Prague, Shanghai, Beijing, and more, and internship opportunities with major companies such as Vera Wang, Tahari, Nicole Miller, and InStyle Magazine. Students also have the opportunity to display their creations at the Biennial Student Runway Show.

34. Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia (top 30% of schools considered)

Marymount University was founded in 1950. It is home to 3,441 students enrolled in more than 60 programs through four schools including the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Education & Human Services, the School of Business Administration, and the Malek School of Health Professions. The School of Arts & Sciences offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include a BA and a Minor in Fashion Merchandising.

Program highlights include study abroad experiences in places such as France, Italy, Japan, China, Australia, optional membership in Fashion Club, participation in the Annual Portfolio In Motion fashion show, and the opportunity to work on “Real World Projects” that allow students to complete projects for major companies such as Cotton Inc., Top Shop, and Nordstrom. Internship opportunities are also on the menu as well as the chance to compete in both national and international design competitions. 

35. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (top 30% of schools considered)

Ohio University was founded in 1804. It is home to 38,857 students enrolled in more than 250 programs through 11 colleges. The Patton College of Education is home to the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences (HCS). The Department offers several options for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include a B.S.H.C.S. and a Minor in Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development.

Program highlights include internship opportunities, study tours to New York City and abroad, access to learning tools such as the historic costume collection, and participation in Ohio University Fashion Associates: Annual Mom’s Weekend Fashion Show.

Graduates of the Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development program have secured positions with major corporations, manufacturers and design companies such as The Limited, Inc., Gap, Federated Department Stores, Mercantile Stores, Walmart, Kohl’s, Target, Ann Taylor, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, J.C. Penney, Bugle Boy, Halston, Betsey, Johnson, and many others.

36. University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii (top 30% of schools considered)

The University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH Manoa) was founded in 1907. The school is home to more than 19,500 students enrolled in more than 230 programs across 14 colleges and schools.

The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) is home to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. The Department houses the Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) Program.

The FDM Program prepares students for careers such as Textile and Fashion Designer, Technical Designer, Visual Merchandiser, Costume Designer, Curator, Fashion Forecaster, and more.

Program highlights include optional membership in the Fashion Club and participation in the Annual Fashion Show. The FDM Program leads to a BS in Fashion Design and Merchandising with a Fashion Design or Merchandising Emphasis. A Minor in Merchandising is also on the menu.

37. Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas (top 30% of schools considered)

Texas Christian University was founded in 1873 as AddRan Male and Female College. It is home to more than 10,000 students enrolled in more than 200 programs through eight colleges and schools. The College of Fine Arts is home to the Department of Interior Design & Fashion Merchandising. The Department offers a BS in Fashion Merchandising.

Program highlights include off-campus study programs in Paris, New York, and Dallas, access to the TCU Costume Collection featuring more than 2,500 items, and participation in the Annual Fashion Show. In addition, students will complete 10-week supervised internship with companies such as Bergdorf Goodman, Chanel, Donna Karan, Escada, Fossil, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren, and Zales;

38. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana (top 30% of schools considered)

Indiana University (IU) was founded in 1820. It houses 114,370 students, eight campuses, and more than 20,000 faculty and staff. Students have access to more than 180 majors, 330 degree programs, and more than 190 master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs through 15 colleges and schools. The Kelley School of Business and the College of Arts & Sciences’ Department of Apparel Merchandising & Interior Design offer several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers.

Department offerings include a BS and a Minor in Apparel Merchandising. Kelly School offers a Business Minor for Apparel Merchandising Majors. Program highlights include internship opportunities, optional membership in the Retail Studies Organization (RSO) and access to the Sage Collection, which features more than 20,000 pieces. Students also have the opportunity to take upper-level courses at The Indiana University Center for Art and Design Columbus (IUCA+D Columbus) and they may participate in a variety of IU fashion show events.

39. Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania (top 30% of schools considered)

Albright College dates its beginning to the founding of Union Seminary in 1856. The school is home to more than 2,000 students enrolled in more than 60 academic majors and programs. The Fashion Department offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers including a BA in Fashion with Tracks in Fashion Merchandising and Design and Merchandising. A Fashion Merchandising Combined Major is also on the menu.

Program highlights include study abroad opportunities in Italy, France, the UK and South Korea as well as internship opportunities at companies such as Donna Karan, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Tiffany’s, and more. Fashion merchandising students also have the opportunity to participate in the Department’s Annual Fashion Showcase & Runway Show.

Graduates of the Fashion and Costume programs at Albright have been hired by companies such as DKNY, Macy’s, Berkshire Theater Festival, David’s Bridal, Anthropologie, and many others.

40. Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas (top 30% of schools considered)

Texas State University opened its doors in 1903 as Southwest Texas State Normal School. The school is home to 36,739 students enrolled in nearly 200 undergraduate and post-graduate degree programs through 10 colleges. The College of Applied Arts’ School of Family and Consumer Sciences offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers.

Options include a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences (BSFCS)/Fashion Merchandising with a Minor in Business Administration, an MS in Merchandising and Consumer Studies (MS MCS), and a Minor in Fashion Merchandising. The Minor in Business is a required component of the BSFCS/Fashion Merchandising program.

Program highlights include a required internship with companies such as Dillard’s, Sak’s, and Nike; educational tours and trips such as Fashion Career Day in Dallas, and participation in The Market Center Fashion Study course that takes students to fashion capitals such as Paris, London, Milan or Florence as well as fashion centers in New York, Dallas, Las Vegas and others.  Students may also become members of The Fashion Merchandising Association and all students will have the opportunity to participate in the Annual Fashion Show.

41. California State University - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California (top 35% of schools considered)

California State University – Los Angeles (Cal State LA or CSU LA) was founded in 1947 as Los Angeles State College. The school is home to 21,000 students enrolled in more than 60 degree programs through eight colleges. The College of Arts & Letters is home to the Department of Art, which offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include a BA in Art with an Option in Fashion and Textiles/Specialization Fashion Merchandising, MA and MFA degrees in Art with an Option in Fashion and Textiles, and undergraduate Certificates in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Professional Development.

Program highlights include internship opportunities at the Getty Center, Alternative Apparel Los Angeles and more, participation in the Annual Senior Fashion Show, access to International Programs with more than 50 universities in 18 countries, and participation in the Fashion Association of Design Students.


42.
Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (top 35% of schools considered)

Founded in 1913, Mount Mary University is a women’s college with a student population of 1,475.  The school offers more than 30 undergraduate majors, nine graduate programs (co-ed), and a variety of certificate programs through four schools. Programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers are available through the School of Arts & Design.

Offerings include a BA and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion Merchandise Management. Some fashion merchandising students opt for a Minor in Entrepreneurship to enhance their degree or to prepare them to start their own fashion business. The Minor is available through the School of Business.

Program highlights include access to the latest industry technology in the classroom and labs, the opportunity to participate in the Annual Student Designer Fashion Show, and internship opportunities. Past fashion students have had the opportunity to compete in regional, national and international competitions, and workshops by global designers and retailers are also on the menu. In addition, all merchandising students have the opportunity to volunteer with Fashion BOOT Camp for high school students.

43. University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky (top 35% of schools considered)

The University of Kentucky was founded in 1865. It is home to more than 30,000 students enrolled in more than 200 academic programs through 16 colleges and professional schools.

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment houses the School of Human Environmental Sciences which offers six undergraduate degree programs, four master’s degree programs, and a Ph.D. in Family Studies.

Programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers are available through the School’s Department of Retailing and Tourism Management. Offerings include BS and MS degrees in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles. Graduate students may choose a thesis or non-thesis track.

Program highlights for BS students include the New York Study Tour, study abroad opportunities to places such as Paris, China, and the UK, and internship opportunities. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Annual Fashion Show and the Target Project. The Target Project allows students to conduct research on the company’s retailing needs.

Program highlights for MS students include access to assistantship and travel opportunities as well as the opportunity to submit articles for presentations at the ITAA yearly conference. Graduate students also have the opportunity to study abroad.

44.  California State University-Long Beach, Long Beach, California (top 35% of schools considered)

California State University Long Beach (CSULB) was established in 1949. The school is home to 35,592 students enrolled in more than 300 programs across eight colleges. The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), Department of Family & Consumer Sciences offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include a BA in Family and Consumer Sciences with an Option in Fashion Merchandising and a Minor in Fashion Merchandising.

Program highlights include the Annual Spring Fashion Show (coordinated by Fashion  Merchandising Students), Fashion Study Tours of New York City and Paris, and seminars at a variety of apparel manufacturing companies, retailers, textile design companies, and apparel design businesses. Fashion merchandising students also have the opportunity to visit museums and other “culturally unique sites.”

45. Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington (top 35% of schools considered)

Seattle Pacific University was founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church of North America. The school is home to 4,217 students enrolled in more than 200 majors, minors, concentrations, certificate, and graduate programs through seven colleges and schools. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS): Division of Sciences is home to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS).

The Department offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers including a BA Merchandising or Interior Merchandising and/or Interior Design. A Minor in all areas is also on the menu. Students may also apply to the liaison program with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. FIT Specializations include Accessories Design, Advertising and Communication, Advertising Design, Manufacturing Management, Fashion Design, Fashion Buying and Merchandising, Jewelry Design, Textile/Surface Design, and Textile Development and Marketing.

Merchandising program highlights include travel abroad opportunities to places such as London, Paris, Florence, and Milan; possible internship opportunities at nearby companies such as Nordstrom Product Group, REI, Eddie Bauer, and Union Bay, and optional membership in Fashion Group. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Annual Fashion Show. 

46. Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia (top 35% of schools considered)

Old Dominion University (ODU) was founded in 1930 by the College of William and Mary. It is home to 24,670 students enrolled in more than 200 degree programs across eight colleges. The Darden College of Education is home to the Department of STEM Education and Professional Studies, which offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. Offerings include a BS and a Minor in Fashion Merchandising.

Program highlights include the summer or semester program at the American Intercontinental  University in London, England, Fashion Market Trips to Italy and MAGIC in Las Vegas, and the Fashion Internship.

47. Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio (top 40% of schools considered)

Ursuline College was founded in 1871 by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland. It is home to 1,496 students enrolled in more than 25 majors through the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional Studies, and Breen School of Nursing. The School of Professional Studies offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers including a BA, a Minor, and a Certificate in Fashion Merchandising.

The BA program offers a F.I.T. Option that allows students to spend their third year at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Other program highlights include access to the Historic Costume Study Collection, which features more than 3,500 pieces of 20th century American apparel and accessories, internship opportunities, and participation in the Annual Fashion Show.

48. Central Michigan University (CMU), Mt. Pleasant, Michigan (top 40% of schools considered)

Central Michigan University was founded in 1892 as the Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute. It is home to 26,902 students enrolled in more than 200+ programs across eight academic colleges. The College of Education & Human Services (CEHS) houses the Department of Human Environmental Studies, which offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers.

Offerings include a BA, BAA or BS in Fashion Merchandising and Design with a Concentration in Fashion Merchandising, an MS in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology (APDMT), and a Minor in Fashion Design and Merchandising. An accelerated BS/MS in APDMT is also on the menu.

Program highlights include study abroad opportunities in Paris, London, Italy, and Hong Kong, the New York City Professional Study Tour (summer), and access to The Center for Merchandising and Design Technology (CMDT). In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in the Threads Fashion Show and intern at companies such as Bloomingdale’s, Louis Vuitton, Jason Wu, Sears, and more.

Graduates of the Fashion Merchandising Program at Central Michigan University have been hired by companies such as Forever 21, Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom’s, Target, and many others.

49. Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia (top 40% of schools considered)

Georgia Southern University began as District Agricultural & Mechanical School. The School’s  inaugural academic year began in 1908 with 15 students and four faculty members. Today, the school is home to 20,517 students enrolled in more than 250 programs across eight colleges. The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to the School of Human Ecology (SHE). The School offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers.

Offerings include a BS in Fashion Merchandising & Apparel Design with an Emphasis in Merchandising and a Minor in Fashion Merchandising & Apparel Design. Program highlights include specialized training in areas such as Pattern Making, Draping Design, Manual and Computer Aided Design, and Fashion Illustration, field experiences, internships, and study tours to the New York and Atlanta fashion markets.

50. Buffalo State, Buffalo, New York (top 40% of schools considered)

Buffalo State was established in 1871 and it is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) family. The school is home to more than 10,500 students enrolled in more than 230 academic programs through five schools. The School of the Professions, Department of Fashion and Textile Technology (FTT) offers one program for aspiring fashion merchandisers—a BS in Fashion and Textile Technology with a Concentration in Fashion Merchandising. Merchandising students also have the option to take multiple concentrations. Other options include Apparel Design, Product Development, or Fashion/Textile Design.

Program highlights include access to the Historic Costume Textile Collection, which consists of more than 1500 historic garments, textiles, and accessories, and participation in Runway—FTT’s Annual Fashion Show. Internship opportunities are also on the menu through affiliations with American Apparel Footwear Association (AAFA), the American Association of Textiles Chemists and Colorists (AATC), the American Collegiate Retailing Association (ACRA), and the International Textiles Apparel Textile Association (ITAA).

Fashion and Textile Technology majors may also spend a year studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. FIT is a “three-one” program what allows students to earn a B.S. from Buffalo State and an associate’s degree from FIT. In addition, North Carolina State University and other institutions have exchange programs, and study abroad opportunities are available in several countries.

Companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, Dior, Ralph Lauren, Macy’s, GAP and GAP Kids, Hartmarx, Lord & Taylor, Limited, Tommy Hilfiger, Target, Dillards, Victoria’s Secret, and many others have hired graduates of the FTT Program.