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Top 75 Fashion Merchandising Schools in the US
In preparing this list, we reviewed the program offerings of over 200 schools in the US that offer fashion related programs. Our goal with this list is to give students who are interested in fashion merchandising a starting point by which they can identify the schools that offer fashion merchandising specific programs. The criteria we used in making this list consists of the following, in no particular order: academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, and geographic location. More info on our criteria.
1. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York Top 1% of schools reviewed
The Fashion Institute of Technology says, “Our campus is Manhattan.” Current students and alums agree. The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, which offers access to everything a fashion student could ask for—boutiques, fabric stores, art galleries, cafes, and more. Described as “a nexus of art and architecture” by Travel + Leisure, FIT’s Chelsea location is just one reason fashion students flock here.
Established in 1944, Fashion Institute of Technology offers a wide variety of academic programs that will prepare students for more than 30 career fields. Depending on the program, graduates will receive an Associate’s, Bachelors, or Master’s degree. Fashion programs include Fabric Styling, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising and Management, Marketing for the Fashion Industries, Jewelry Design, Menswear, Fashion and Related Industries, Textile Development and Marketing, and Textile/Surface Design.
FIT’s Fashion Merchandising program is the largest degree program of its kind in the country. In addition to AAS and BS options, students may enroll in a five-week summer internship in London or a Study Abroad program in Australia, London, Hong Kong, Paris, Rome, or Florence. All Fashion Merchandising students are eligible to join the Merchandising Society, which enhances “members college experience by exposing them to all facets of the fashion industry.”
2. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio Top 1% of schools reviewed
Kent State University (KSU) celebrated its 100th birthday in 2010. Over the past 100+ years, the school has grown from a small teacher-training college called "The Kent State Normal School" to an eight-campus system, with more than 27,500 students. KSU campuses include Kent, Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Trumbull.
Kent State University is third largest university in Ohio and the 27th largest regional campus system in the nation. The school ranks among the top 90 public universities in the country and Times Higher Education (a London-based higher education magazine), ranked Kent State University as one of world’s top universities in its annual World University Rankings (2010-2011).
KSU offers 40 Associate degree programs at seven campuses, and 236 Bachelor degree programs at all eight campuses. The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, College of Arts, offers a BS in Fashion Merchandising. The program covers development and marketing of fashion goods, fashion forecasting and promotion, fashion theory, management and buying, merchandising for apparel manufacturing, and retail operations. Kent State also offers a BA in Fashion Design with a focus in Conceptual Design or Technical Design and Production.
3. Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Top 5% of schools reviewed
Drexel University was established in 1891 by financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel. It is a private, research university with four campuses—Center City, Queen Lane in East Falls, Philadelphia, Drexel at BCC in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, and Drexel Sacramento in Sacramento, California. Just a short 10-minute walk away is Philadelphia’s downtown neighborhood, the Center City District, where students will find an abundance of art, retail, and entertainment opportunities.
Like many New York art and design schools, Drexel University is located in the center of it all. Like many art and design schools across the country, Drexel University also has several excellent Fashion program leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS). The school also offers 70 other Bachelor's programs, over 75 Master’s programs, over 30 Doctoral programs, more than 45 Graduate-Level Certificate programs, and one Associate's program.
Fashion students may choose between the Design & Merchandising BS and the Fashion Design BS. Drexel offers a Study Abroad program at the London College of Fashion during students’ sophomore year as well as the opportunity to complete an internship at popular retailers, brands, and corporate offices throughout the region. For students interested in exploring the program prior to applying, Drexel invites potential students to live on campus for two and “explore the fields of Fashion Design or Design & Merchandising, hands-on.”
4. Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon Top 5% of schools reviewed
Oregon State University (OSU) is Oregon’s top public research university. It is the only university in the state to hold Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions as well as the Foundation’s Community Engagement classification. Established in 1868, OSU is home to 12 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport, and OSU-Cascades in Bend, OR.
Located just 90 miles from Portland, Oregon State University is home to more than 26,000 students from all 50 states and 89 countries. The school offers 200+ undergraduate programs and more than 80 graduate programs. The School of Design and Human Environment offers BS degrees in Merchandising Management, Apparel Design, and Interior Design. The School also offers an MA, MAIS (Master of Arts in International Studies), and a PhD in Design and Human Environment.
The Merchandising Management program prepares students for careers in Retail Management, Visual Merchandising, Fashion Editing, Buying/Merchandising, Market Trends, Market Research, and Product Development. The program also prepares students to become Entrepreneurs.
5. University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware Top 5% of schools reviewed
The University of Delaware (UD) has thousands of successful alumni, but among the most successful are Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden. Other notable alumni include Suzanne Thomassen-Krauss, senior textile conservator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (Ms. Thomassen-Krauss led the 14-year project to conserve the Star-Spangled Banner), Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Established in 1743, the University of Delaware (UD) is home to more than 21,000 students. UD offers 147 Bachelor degree programs, 119 Master degree programs, 54 Doctoral programs, 15 Dual Graduate programs, and three Associate programs. The University of Delaware Department of Fashion & Apparel Studies offers an AAS in Fashion Merchandise Management and a BS in Fashion Merchandising.
UD Fashion Merchandising students may also consider the 4+1 Program, which allows undergraduate Fashion Merchandising majors to complete the master's degree in Fashion and Apparel Studies in half the time. Other fashion programs include a Graduate Certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business, an MS in Fashion and Apparel Studies, a BS in Apparel Design, and a Minor in Fashion History and Culture.
6. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa Top 5% of schools reviewed
Ames, Iowa is the nations 2nd Best College Town (under 250,000 residents) by the American Institute for Economic Research, it is ranked among the 10 Best Places to Live in America (Money Magazine), and Forbes Magazine places Ames at number 30 on the list of Best Small Places for Business and Careers. Not only is Ames a great place to live, it is also home to one of the nation's best universities—Iowa State University (ISU).
Iowa State University is among the top 50 public national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 “America’s Best Colleges” rankings. LSU tied for 46th among 173 best national public universities and 101st overall in the “Best National Universities” category. The category includes 281 American universities.
Established as Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm in 1858, Iowa State University started with a farmhouse, which sat on 648 acres, and several dozen students—two were women. Today, ISU has a co-ed student body of around 27,000 students and the campus is made up of more than 100 buildings. The school has 8 colleges, two schools, 57 academic departments, and 20 extension regions. ISU grants Bachelor’s, First Professional, and Master’s degrees as well as Ph.D. and Honorary Doctorate degrees.
The College of Human Sciences offers a BS in Apparel Merchandising and Design. The Graduate College offers an MS and Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design. All fashion students will have the opportunity to study abroad in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou, or Wuhan, China.
7. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama Top 5% of schools reviewed
Auburn University, (formerly East Alabama Male College) was established in 1856. It was renamed Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama in 1872, when it became the South’s first land-grant college. The name was changed again in 1899 to Alabama Polytechnic Institute, and finally to Auburn University in 1960. Auburn University is now home to 25,134 students and it is still one of the nation’s few land, sea, and space grant universities. The school offers more than 140 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs, across 13 schools.
Auburn’s College of Consumer and Design Sciences offers a BS in Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production Management (BS-AMDP). Two options are available including Apparel Merchandising and Apparel Design and Production Management. Both options offer access to a ten-week professional internship during the final year of study.
8. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska Top 5% of schools reviewed
The University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL) is a land-grant university, chartered in 1869. The school’s City Campus “anchors” Lincoln’s downtown area on the north and it is home to more than 19,000 students. In 2012, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln was among the top 50 public universities listed in U.S. News & World Report's annual evaluation of America's Best Colleges.
University of Nebraska, Lincoln is made up of 10 colleges offering more than 150 majors. The College of Education and Human Sciences, Department of Textiles, has an elaborate Textile Program that features several challenging programs for Fashion students. The Department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Textile Science, Textile and Apparel Design, Fashion Merchandising, and Textiles & Fashion Communications.
In addition to BS degrees in four specialization areas, the Department offers on-campus MA, MS, and Ph.D. programs in Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design with focuses in Merchandising, Textiles and Apparel Design, Textile Science, and Textile History and Quilt Studies. Merchandising students may also be interested in the Departments hybrid MA program (on-campus and online) in Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design with a focus in Textiles History/Quilt Studies.
Depending on the program, fashion students may be eligible to enroll in a variety of Study Abroad programs. UNL offers Study Abroad experiences in Africa, South America, Europe, Central America, Australia/Pacific Islands, Asia, North America, Middle East, and the West Indies.
9. University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri Top 5% of schools reviewed
The University of Missouri has a diverse student body of more than 33,000 students, it is one of only 34 public U.S. universities invited to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), and the historic campus (which is also a botanic garden) houses an impressive 42,000 plants and trees. Commonly called MU or Mizzou, the University of Missouri also ranks 14th in the world among universities for plant science research and the 2012 issue of Hospitals & Health Networks lists MU as one of the top 200 most wired health systems in the U.S.
Established in 1839, MU was the first public university west of the Mississippi River. Besides a long list of accomplishments, the school offers more than 280 degree programs and more than 75 online degrees. Just a few popular majors for artists and designers include Fibers, Painting, Graphics, Film Studies, Technical Design, and more.
Students interested in Fashion Merchandising have several options. MU offers a BS in Apparel Marketing and Merchandising or a BS in International Apparel Marketing and Merchandising. Both programs offer the opportunity to study abroad in Belgium, Florence, Italy, or the Netherlands. Fashion students also have access to MU’s Kellwood Apparel Technology Laboratory and the Kitty Dickerson Technology Laboratory, the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection (MHCTC), which has over 5,500 artifacts, and internship opportunities at modeling agencies, design houses, magazines, and more.
10. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia Top 5% of schools reviewed
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) was founded in 1838 as the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) and as part of the medical department of Hampden-Sydney College. The school has two Richmond campuses (Monroe Park and MCV) and it is home to more than 31,000 students. Virginia Commonwealth University offers 222 certificate and degree programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts has a number of high-ranking programs by U.S. News & World Report. The school’s Sculpture Program ranks number one in the nation and the Master of Fine Arts and Fiber Arts rank number four in the nation. VCU’s Fashion Program is also among the best in the nation. The program offers a BA in Fashion Merchandising and a BFA in Fashion Design.
The Fashion Program at VCU is home to 300 students and hundreds of alumni that currently work in the industry at places such as Harpers Bazaar, Macy’s, Nordstrom, William Sonoma, Cotton Incorporated, Perry Ellis and more. Students have the opportunity to take field trips to New York and the MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas as well as international field trips to Paris, London, Florence, Rome, Hong Kong, and Australia. Fashion students also have the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy or Guinea, West Africa.
11. University of Texas, Austin, Texas Top 10% of schools reviewed
The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) was established in 1883 with just one building, 221 students, eight teachers, and two departments. Today, the school sits on 350 acres, it has 17 colleges and schools, and it is home to more than 50,000 students making one of the largest public universities in the U.S. and the largest school in the University of Texas system. When it comes to rankings, UT Austin is listed at number 25 in the 2012-13 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
University of Texas offers more than 170 undergraduate fields of study, 154 Master's programs, and 86 Doctoral programs. Fashion students have several options through UT Austin’s School of Human Ecology. The school offers a BS in Textiles and Apparel with options in Retail Merchandising, Apparel Design, and Apparel Design & Conservation. UT Austin offers 400 programs abroad in places such as Paris, Sydney, and Botswana, South Africa.
12. Baylor University, Waco, Texas Top 10% of schools reviewed
Baylor University was chartered by the Republic of Texas in 1845, making it the oldest continually operating university in the State of Texas. The Christian University opened with a small student body in Independence, Texas. Today Baylor University sits on a sprawling 1,000-acre campus on the Brazos River in Waco, Texas. The school welcomes more than 15,000 students each year from the U.S. and more than 80 other countries.
Baylor University, which ranks number 77 on U.S. News & World Report’s annual review of college and universities, offers 144 undergraduate programs, 77 Master’s programs, and 32 Doctoral programs. The Family & Consumer Sciences Department of the College of Arts and Sciences offers a wide variety of undergraduate programs including a BA of BSFCS Degree in several areas of fashion.
Fashion students may choose the BA or BSFCS in Apparel Merchandising or Apparel Design & Product Management. Included in the program are a number of summer tour opportunities. Students have the option to spend 11 days touring designer showrooms, trend forecasting agencies, and apparel manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada or 21 days touring the fashion capitals of Europe. Study abroad programs are also on the menu and include summer, semester, or year-long experiences in England, Paris, or Florence.
13. Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, California Top 10% of schools reviewed
The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) is a pioneer in fashion education. It is the first school of it’s kind on the West Coast and it has partnerships with major companies such Cotton, Inc. and Disney. Established in 1969, FIDM has grown to four beautiful California campuses including, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Orange County (Irvine, CA).
FIDM’s more than 7,500 students have access to a wide variety of fashion programs. Just a few include Advanced Fashion Design, Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing, Footwear and Jewelry Design, Textile Design, and Theater Costume Design. Fashion merchandising students have several programs to choose from including Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing (AA), Merchandise Marketing (AA), and Merchandise Product Development (AA). Many students begin working in the field after graduating with an AA, while others continue their education by enrolling in an FIDM BS program such as Business Management or another AA program such as Advanced Fashion Design.
14. Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California Top 10% of schools reviewed
Established in 1929, The Academy of Art University is a private art school that began in a rented loft with just 50 students. In the many decades to follow, The Academy of Art University was granted authority to offer a Bachelor of Fine Art (approved in 1966) and graduate degrees (approved in 1983). Today, The Academy is home to more than 18,000 students, making it the largest private school of art and design in the U.S.
In addition to the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the school now offers a Bachelor of Arts, Associate of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Architecture, Certificate Programs and Continuing Art Education courses, with more than 30 areas of academic emphasis. Academy of Art majors run the gamut from Acting to Animation & Visual Effects to Industrial Design, Photography, and Web Design & New Media.
The School of Fashion at the Academy has an extensive list of program offerings for fashion students. Offerings include an AA, BFA, and MFA in Merchandising, an AA and BFA in Visual Merchandising, and an AA, BFA, and MFA in Design. Other programs include Knitwear (AA, BFA, MFA), Textiles (AA, BFA, MFA), and Menswear (AA).
Students interested in earning a degree online have several options as well. Options include an AA, BFA, or MFA in Fashion. Online Awards of Completion (OAC) in Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Design are also available.
15. LIM College, New York, New York Top 10% of schools reviewed
If you’re interested in the business side of fashion, LIM College is a top choice. The school’s tagline “Where Business Meets Fashion” says it all. LIM College, which is located in midtown Manhattan—the fashion capital of the world, offers several competitive programs for fashion students leading to a BBA or MPS degree.
Established in 1939 and home to more than 1,400 students, LIM College offers an AAS, AOS, BBA, and BPS in Fashion Merchandising, a BBA in Visual Merchandising, and an MPS degree in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management (beginning Fall 2013). LIM College will also offer an MBA with tracks in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship. Other fashion degrees include a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Fashion Marketing, and a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Fashion Marketing.
16. Lasell College, Newton, Massachusetts Top 10% of schools reviewed
Lasell College was established in 1851 as the Auburndale Female Seminary. Today, Lasell College is one of the top private, coeducational colleges in the country. The school, which is located across 53 acres just eight miles from downtown Boston, ranked 25th in U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Regional Colleges" for 2013.
Lasell College offers 40+ degree programs to more than 1,800 students. Fashion students have a variety of options to choose from including a BS in Fashion and Retail Merchandising, a BA in Fashion Communication and Promotion, a BA in Fashion Design and Production, and a BS in Marketing.
All fashion students have the opportunity to enroll on one of many internship programs. Past internships include Gucci, Puma North America, Lord & Taylor, MAC Cosmetics, Ann Taylor, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Kenneth Cole, and Nieman Marcus. Students in academic good standing will also have the opportunity to enroll in the school’s Study Abroad program in Paris.
17. University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia Top 10% of schools reviewed
The University of Georgia (UGA) was incorporated in 1785, which made Georgia the first state to charter a state-supported university. Located on 633 acres on the banks of the Oconee River, UGA was actually established in 1801 and graduated its first class in 1804. Today, the school is home to 34,475 students enrolled in seventeen colleges and schools. In addition, The University of Georgia, which ranks 21st among public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 “Best Colleges” edition, is home to the Peabody Awards and the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. UGA also houses Georgia’s State Museum of Art.
The University of Georgia offers Bachelor’s degrees in 140 fields, Master’s degrees in 137 fields, and more than 170 Study Abroad & exchange programs. Fashion students have the opportunity to study abroad in China, Ghana, London, Japan, or Australia. The Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors (TMI) program offers majors leading to a BS in Fashion Merchandising or Furnishings and Interiors. The program also offers Master’s degrees in Merchandising, International Trade, Historic Dress, Textile Science, and Sustainable Interior Environments. Fashion Merchandising students may also earn a Ph.D. in International Trading and Textile Sciences.
18. University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island Top 10% of schools reviewed
Founded in 1892, the University of Rhode Island (URI) is a public research university that sits on 1,245 acres in the Village of Kingston, Rhode Island. The school has three other campuses including the Feinstein Providence Campus, the 153-acre Narragansett Bay Campus, and the 2,300-acre W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich. URI is home to around 16,000 students.
Potential University of Rhode Island students have more 80 majors in all areas of study to choose from. Fashion majors include a BS in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, an MS in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, a Minor in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, and a Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion Merchandising. URI also offers a BS in Textile Marketing,
Each year in early January, the University of Rhode Island produces a winter fashion study tour of London and Paris. The tour is open to all fashion students and it is led by a member of the faculty. In addition, fashion students have the opportunity to study abroad. Popular options include Australia, Barcelona, France, London, and Paris.
19. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado Top 10% of schools reviewed
Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University (CSU) is the state’s Land-Grant University and it is home to 29,500 students. The school, which sits on 5,000 acres at the base of the Rocky Mountains, is ranked as a top tier university in U.S. News and World Report's rankings of "America's Best Colleges and Universities," and Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine ranks CUS as one of the top public universities in the United States for educational quality and affordability.
Colorado State University offers more than 150 programs in eight colleges. The school offers Bachelor’s degrees in 65 fields of study, Master’s degrees in 55 fields of study, and Doctoral degrees in 40 fields of study. Among these programs are several competitive fashion programs offered through CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences. The College offers BS degrees in Merchandising, Apparel Design & Production, and Interior Design and MS degrees in Apparel and Merchandising and Interior Design.
20. Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan Top 10% of schools reviewed
Central Michigan University (CMU) was established in 1892 as a school for teacher and business education. Today, the school is a public doctoral research university and one of the largest public universities in the country. CMU is the fourth largest university in the State of Michigan.
Central Michigan University is made up of eight colleges including The College of Business Administration, Communication and Fine Arts, Education and Human Services, and mote. CSU offers more than 200 academic programs at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate levels. In addition, since 1971, the school has operated a network of CMU Learning Centers in more than 50 locations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. More than 70,000 students have received undergraduate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees as well as non-degree certifications.
The College of Education and Human Services offers a number of comprehensive programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers and designers. The College offers BA, BAA, and BS degrees in Apparel Merchandising and Design, a Master of Science Degree in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology, and the Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology (APDMT) accelerated Master’s degree. The accelerated program takes just five years to complete.
Other Fashion degrees include a BA, BAA, and BS in Apparel Design and Study Abroad programs are available in London, Paris, and Hong Kong.
21. University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky Top 10% of schools reviewed
The University of Kentucky (UK) established in 1865 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of the Kentucky University. The school was renamed the University of Kentucky in 1916. Today, UK houses The Martin School of Public Policy & Administration and the Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce, along with 16 colleges, a graduate school, and more than 28,000 students.
The University of Kentucky offers more than 200 academic programs across its 16 colleges and professional schools. Fashion students have several programs to choose from through UK’s College of Agriculture. The College offers a BS in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles. The graduate program offers an MS in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles as well.
Merchandising majors have the opportunity to complete a summer internship at end of their junior or senior year. Participating companies include Anthropologie, Guess (corporate), Tommy Hilfiger, Nordstrom, Gap, The Limited, Dillards, Talbots, Victoria’s Secret, and White House Black Market, to name a few.
22. Washington State University, Pullman, Washington Top 15% of schools reviewed
Washington State University (WSU) is home to 26,0000 students and it has campuses in Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver. The school, which ranks among the top 60 public universities by U.S. News & World Report, was established in 1890 in Pullman and it is the state’s original land-grant university.
Washington State University offers 200+ fields of study for undergraduates, 66 for graduates, and 47 for Doctoral students. Fashion students have several programs to choose from. The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences’ Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles offers the only state-supported 4-year Apparel and Textiles program. Students can choose the Merchandising or Apparel option leading to a BS or MA degree.
The Department offers study tours in New York, Europe, and China. Study abroad programs are offered in 70 countries.
23. University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina Top 15% of schools reviewed
The University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG) is one of the 17 institutions of the University of North Carolina system. When UNCG opened its doors on October 5, 1892, the campus sat on 10 acres and the student body was 198, with a faculty of 15. Today, the campus sits on 210 acres and it is home to more than 18,600 students and 2,500 faculty and staff. UNCG is now the largest state university in the Piedmont Triad.
UNCG’s College of Arts & Sciences and seven professional schools offer 85 undergraduate majors, 61 Master's programs, and 26 Doctoral programs. The Bryan School of Business and Economics is home to UNCG’s Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS). The Department offers BS and MS degrees, PhD’s and Post-Baccalaureate Certificates (PBC). Undergraduate concentrations include Retailing and Consumer Studies, Apparel Product Design, and Global Apparel and related Industry Studies. Graduate and PhD programs include the Master of Science in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies and a PhD degree Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies.
The Department offers internship opportunities through corporate partnerships with large industry brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Hanesbrands, VF, the International Textile Group, and Kayser Roth. Study abroad opportunities are offered in Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, and Europe.
24. California State University, Long Beach, California Top 15% of schools reviewed
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB or Cal State Long Beach) is part of the 23-campus California State University System. Established in 1949 as Los Angeles-Orange County State College, Cal State Long Beach went through three of name changes before becoming California State University, Long Beach (1972). Today, a portion of the 322-acre campus sits on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and the School is home to nearly 30,000 students, eighty permanent buildings, 63 academic departments, 24 centers, four clinics, and four institutes.
Among Cal State’s 63 academic departments is the Fashion Merchandising and Design Department of the College of Health and Human Services. The Department offers a BA in Family and Consumer Sciences with an option in Fashion Merchandising and Textiles and Clothing. A minor in Fashion Merchandising is also available. Fashion students have the opportunity to study abroad in exciting countries such as New Zealand.
25. Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia Top 15% of schools reviewed
Virginia Tech University was founded in 1872. It is a public land-grant university offering more than 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students. Virginia Tech sits on a 2,600-acre campus and it has a study-abroad site in Switzerland, an 1,800-acre agricultural research farm, and off-campus educational facilities in six regions.
Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Services is home to the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management. The Department is home to one of the top Fashion programs in the U.S. The program offers a BS with an Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Management option (APDM). Internship opportunities are available with companies such as Seventeen Magazine, Kenneth Cole, and many specialty retailers. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad. Virginia Tech has more than 200 options in over 60 countries around the world.
26. North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota Top 15% of schools reviewed
North Dakota State University is home to more than 14,000 students. Established in 1890, NDSU is ranked among the top 108 public and private universities in the country by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education and several NDSU programs rank in the Top 100 by the National Science Foundation. NDSU offers more than 100 programs from Architecture to Interior Design.
North Dakota State University’s Department of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management offers two programs for Fashion majors. Students may major in Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design with a focus in Retail Merchandising or Apparel Studies. Both programs lead to a Bachelor of Science (BS). Students in each program may participate in a number of Study tours to national and international destinations such as New York City, Europe, and more.
27. East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina Top 15% of schools reviewed
Established in 1907, East Carolina University (ECU) is part of the University of North Carolina system. The system consists of 17 institutions. The East Carolina school is home to more than 28,000 students and it offers 103 Bachelor's degree programs, one educational specialist degree program, one certificate of advanced study program, 72 Master's degree programs, 18 Doctoral degree programs, 71 departmental certificates, and First-professional degree programs in medicine and dentistry.
ECU has three campuses—a 530-acre Main Campus (Greenville), the 206-acre Health Sciences Campus, and the 650-acre West Research Campus. In addition to an extensive collection of offerings and campuses, East Carolina University (ECU) has an impressive list of alums. Just a few include Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock, three-time Pulitzer Prize Winner Rick Atkinson, Emily Proctor (Actor, CSI Miami), and former NYT Photo Editor and two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner, Margaret O’Connor.
East Carolina University’s College of Human Ecology offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Merchandising. This unique program requires a minor in Business Administration, Communication, Hospitality Management or Art. Like UNC Greensboro, East Carolina at Polo Ralph Lauren, Hanesbrands, VF, the International Textile Group, and Kayser Roth. Study abroad opportunities are available in Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, and Europe.
28. Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana Top 15% of schools reviewed
Founded in 1918, Ball State University welcomes around 21,000 undergraduates and graduates each year. The school ranked eighth among “up-and-coming" colleges and universities in 2011 by U.S. News & World Report, it is featured on The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition, and BSU was named one of the best universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review for eight years.
Ball State University, called BSU or simply Ball State, offers around 180 majors—including 12 pre-professional programs, a large number of minors and certificates, and more than 300 study-abroad program options in 50 different cities. BSU also offers customized academic internships in Dublin, Ireland.
Ball State University’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Department offers BS degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Apparel Design, and Interior Design. Students may also earn a The Fashion Merchandising program “focuses on preparing students for the ever-changing retail industry as well as manufacturing, distribution, and other related fashion areas.” Fashion merchandising students must complete the FCS common core and a marketing minor.
29. Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas Top 15% of schools reviewed
Texas Christian University (TCU) was founded in 1873, making it one of Texas’s oldest universities. TCU is home to nearly 10,000 students enrolled in 131 undergraduate programs, 49 graduate programs, and 23 areas of Doctoral studies. The school is home to nine schools and colleges including the AddRan College of Liberal Arts, College of Fine Arts, and the College of Science & Engineering to name a few.
Fashion students will find a number of programs in the College of Fine Arts, Department of Interior Design & Merchandising. Programs include Interior Design, Merchandising, and Lighting. All programs lead to a BA.
Merchandising students have the opportunity to complete a 10-week internship with a number of heavy hitters in the fashion industry. Just a few options include Donna Karan, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, Henri Bendel, Escada, Zales, Neiman Marcus, Fossil, Nordstrom, and Bergdorf Goodman.
30. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota Top 15% of schools reviewed
Established in 1851, University of Minnesota (U of M) is home to more than 69,000 students. The school has five campuses (Twin Cities, Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester), with more than 180 programs offered at the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) campus alone. U of M has produced 20 Nobel Laureates and 86 Guggenheim Fellows, and it is currently home to two MacArthur “Geniuses.” The school also produced a former Vice President (Walter Mondale) and Super Bowl championship coach Tony Dungy.
The University of Minnesota has one of the top design programs in the country. The school’s College of Design offers seven undergraduate programs, 19 graduate programs, 10 centers, and the Goldstein Museum of Design. The College is home to 1,330 undergraduates, 338 graduates, and more than 240 faculty and staff.
Fashion students have a number of degree programs to choose from including a BS in Retail Merchandising and a BS in Apparel Design. The College also offers an MA, MS, and PhD in Design with an Apparel Studies Track. Students may also choose a Minor in Retail Merchandising or Fashion Studies.
31. West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia Top 15% of schools reviewed
Founded in 1867, West Virginia University (WVU) is located in the nation’s 7th best small place for business and careers, according to Forbes. The school sits on 1,456 acres in Morgantown, WV and it is home to a record 29,707 students. The school ranks among the Top 100 Public Universities by U.S. News & World Report and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching ranks WVU as a Research University (High Research Activity).
West Virginia University is more than a top research university. The school is home to many top art and design programs and one of a growing number of schools that offer programs in Sustainable Design. Aspiring fashion merchandisers have several programs to choose from. WVU offers BS and MS degrees in Fashion Design and Merchandising with a Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising track.
WVU’s Study Abroad program is required for the Interior Design program. Although not required for Fashion students, many choose to enroll in the program. Disegno Italia, is WVU’s signature four-week, six-credit, summer program in Tuscany and Milan. Through these experiences, “students embrace the philosophy of experiencing a different culture through design eyes.” The Fashion and Study Abroad programs are offered through West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Design.
32. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio Top 20% of schools reviewed
Established in 1910, Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is home to more than 20,000 students, enrolled in more than 200 undergraduate majors, across seven colleges. The school, which sits on a scenic 1,338-acre campus just 30 minutes south of Toledo, was named one of the top public universities nationwide by U.S. News and World Report. Famous alums include Shantanu Narayen, President and CEO of Adobe Systems, Jennifer Higdon, composer and Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner, and Steve Demos, founder of Silk Soymilk.
Among Bowling Green’s top academic programs is the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Apparel Merchandising & Product Development program (AMPD). The program, which leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS), requires the completion of a Marketing option or Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, NY. Students that choose the FIT option may focus on Advertising and Communications or Textile Development and Marketing.
33. University of Akron, Akron, Ohio Top 20% of schools reviewed
Ohio is home to more than 130 colleges and universities. Among them is the University of Akron—home to more than 28,000 students from 46 U.S. states and 68 foreign countries. Established in 1870 as Butchel College, the University of Akron (UA) stretches across 218 acres within metropolitan Akron and it offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate programs. The school also has an expanding list of online offerings from Art and English to Law and Technology.
University of Akron’s Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, School of Family and Consumer Sciences is home to one of the nation’s best Fashion Merchandising programs. The program offers three specialization tracks including Apparel, Home Furnishings, or Fiber Arts. Students may apply a two-year associate degree toward a Bachelor’s degree. Upon the completion of the program, students will receive a BA in Fashion Merchandising in their chosen specialization track.
34. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio Top 20% of schools reviewed
Established in 1804, Ohio University is the nation’s ninth oldest public university. The school is home to nearly 22,000 students enrolled in more than 250 programs across 11 colleges. Ohio University ranks 65th among public national universities by U.S. News & World Report (2012), and it holds 82 nationally and internationally competitive awards, awards including eight Fulbrights.
Among the school’s 250 programs is the Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development Program. Offered through Ohio University’s Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education, the Fashion program leads to a Bachelor of Science. Students may earn an advanced degree (MS) in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising. All students have the opportunity to work, volunteer, or intern abroad on just about every continent.
35. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Top 20% of schools reviewed
Founded in 1853 as Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy, Louisiana State University (LSU) is one of only 30 universities nationwide designated as a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant institution. The school, which was originally located near Pineville, Louisiana, relocated three times before moving to its current 2,000-acre campus in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana State University is home to more than 26,000 students, 10 senior colleges and schools, and more than 6,500 faculty and staff. Famous alumni and former students include Hubert Humphrey, Shaquille O’Neal and Harry J. Longwell (former Executive Vice President and Director of ExxonMobil). LSU also has its fair famous fashion alums, such as Suzanne Perron, whose designs have been featured on the cover of Vogue, Modern Bride, and Martha Stewart Weddings.
LSU offers Bachelor's degrees in 72 major fields, Master's degrees in 76 major fields, and Doctoral degrees are in 54 major fields. All degree levels are available to fashion students. LSU offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Textiles and Apparel with concentrations in Merchandising, Textile Science, and Apparel Design. LSU fashion students have the opportunity to complete an internship in New York or Los Angeles, and Study Abroad experiences are available in Spain, Ireland, Germany, China, Ecuador, and many other countries.
36. Virginia Marti College of Art and Design, Lakewood, Ohio Top 20% of schools reviewed
Ms. Virginia Marti Veith welcomed five students to her school—Virginia Marti College of Fashion and Art in April 1966. By 1970, her fashion courses had become an Associate Degree program. Ms. Marti Veith launched the Fashion Merchandising program in 1979, then Interior and Graphic Design in 1984 and 1985. The school, which is now Virginia Marti College of Art and Design (VMCAD) launched its Digital Media program in 2006.
Fashion Merchandising is the schools second oldest program. The Associate of Applied Business Degree in Fashion Merchandising features 110 credit hours that can be completed in 24 months. VMCAD also offers an Associate of Applied Business Degree in Fashion Design.
After graduating, VMCAD students have the skills needed to dive into a number of positions. Many open their own boutiques and other businesses, while others become regional retail managers and lead merchandisers, buyers, regional merchandising & marketing reps, and more. Virginia Marti College of Art and Design is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
37. Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York Top 20% of schools reviewed
Founded in 1929, Marist College is a private, liberal arts college recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review, Time, and U.S. News & World Report. The school is also listed as one of the top 25 Most Connected Campuses in the U.S. by Princeton Review. This means, the school has superior technological capabilities and is among a coveted collection of schools closest to the cutting edge.
Marist College sits on a 210-acre campus overlooking the Hudson River and it is just 80-82 miles from New York and Albany. The school is home to more than 6,000 students enrolled in more than 60 undergraduate programs, 13 graduate programs, and nearly 50 minors. The Marist School of Communication and the Arts is one of Marist College’s seven schools and it is home to the Fashion Program.
The Fashion Program offers several programs for students interested in the design side of fashion, the marketing side, and the merchandising side. The program offers a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Fashion Design and Merchandising with a concentration in Merchandising or Design and a Fashion Merchandising & Product Development Minor. Merchandising or design students may complete an internship in Art, Fashion or Media through the Marist in Manhattan Internship Program and they may study abroad in Florence, Italy.
38. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana Top 20% of schools reviewed
Indiana University, Bloomington (IU Bloomington) is the flagship campus of the eight-campus Indiana University System. The school’s 1,926-acre campus is home to more than 32,000 students enrolled in 180 majors, 330 undergraduate degree programs, and 190 Master’s, Doctoral, and Professional degree programs. Just about every program is available as a minor.
Established in 1820, UI Bloomington was named the “Hottest Big State School” in 2005 by Newsweek, America’s Hot Colleges. The school’s Fashion program ranks among the hottest as well. The College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Merchandising & Interior Design offers BS degrees in Apparel Merchandising, Fashion Design, and Interior Design. The school also offers a MS in Apparel Merchandising.
With 250 programs in 17 languages (including English) in 52 countries and in nearly every field of study, Indiana University's Study Abroad program is among the best in the country. In addition to Study Abroad experiences, fashion students have access to a number of internship opportunities throughout the State of Indiana, in nearby Chicago, and other areas.
39. Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio Top 20% of schools reviewed
Founded in 1878, Ashland University is one of the oldest colleges in the U.S. The 135-acre main campus is home to nearly 6,000 students enrolled in more than 70 majors. Ashland University also operates centers in Cleveland, Columbus, Elyria, Massillon, Mansfield, Medina, and Westlake. The school, located just 80 miles from the state’s largest city (Columbus) and 66 miles from Cleveland—the second largest, ranked in the Top 200 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report and in 2012, it launched a Four-year Graduation Guarantee.
Ashland University’s College of Business and Economics offers a BS in Fashion Merchandising. In addition to studying at the Ashland campus, students have the opportunity to study in New York City or Paris. Students can complete an associate of arts degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in their junior year and return to Ashland to finish the BS program or “spend a month in Paris at the Paris Fashion Institute earning credits that transfer to Ashland.”
All Fashion Merchandising students must complete an internship in the field. Past opportunities have been available at New York & Company in New York City, Nordstrom, Glamour Magazine, and Russell Athletic Corporation.
40. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California Top 20% of schools reviewed
Established in 1938, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is part of the renowned 23-campus California State University system. It is home to more than 21,000 undergraduate students and 2,100+ graduate students, as well as eight academic colleges, offering more than 130 degree programs. While the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits Cal Poly Pomona, individual programs and departments are also approved by other accreditation boards and councils.
Cal Poly Pomona’s departments and schools share 1,438 acres of space, around 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Besides having a top location for fashion students, which offers easy access to LA’s notorious fashion scene and its famous Fashion District, Cal Poly Pomona tied for 8th in the category of Top Public Schools in the West Region by U.S. News & World Report (All University).
Cal Poly’s Department of Apparel Merchandising and Management offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Apparel Merchandising and Management (AMM). Students may choose from two options including Fashion Retailing and Apparel Production. To enhance their Merchandising major, many fashion students also complete an Art, Business, or Communications minor.
Since 2009, the Apparel and Merchandising program has sent a group of students to study in London each year as part of the University’s Study Abroad Program. Students study and live in the heart of London for the spring quarter during their junior or senior year.
41. Framingham State University, Framingham, Massachusetts Top 20% of schools reviewed
Established in 1839 by Horace Mann, Framingham State University began as a public teacher school—America’s first. Today, Framingham State University (FSU) offers 26 undergraduate majors, 25 graduate programs, and 45 minors. With around 6,500 students and a 73-acre campus (just 20 miles west of Boston), FU offers small class sizes in an intimate setting.
Framingham State University’s Department of Consumer Sciences offers a BS degree in Fashion Design and Retailing. Students may choose a concentration in Merchandising or Apparel Design. The program offers internship (and upon graduation, job opportunities) with companies such as The American Textile History Museum, Bloomingdale’s, Express, Crate & Barrel, Gap. The Limited, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Rugby-Ralph Lauren.
42. Mount Ida College, Newton, Massachusetts Top 20% of schools reviewed
Mount Ida College was founded in 1899. This private, coeducational institution sits on a 72-acre campus, just eight miles from downtown Boston. Mount Ida College is home to 1,500 students from more than 25 states and 35 countries.
Mount Ida College offers more than 25 areas of study through five schools. Schools include Animal Science, Arts & Sciences, Business, Design, and the New England Institute (NEI). The School of Design has two programs for fashion majors—the bachelor Degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing and a Bachelors in Fashion Design. Internships opportunities are available at a number of prestigious retailers such as Ralph Lauren and many others.
43. Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia Top 25% of schools reviewed
Marymount University is a coeducational, Catholic university located in Arlington—just 4.7 miles from Washington D.C. The school is home to more than 3,700 students, representing 41 states and 67 countries. Marymount University offers more than 50 programs through the School of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Human Services, and the Malek School of Health Professions.
The Fashion Design and Merchandising Department of the School of Arts & Sciences offers the only Fashion Merchandising program in the Washington, DC-area. The Department also offers a Fashion Design program. Both programs lead to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. Fashion Merchandising students often choose a minor in Fashion Design, Communication or Business Administration to increase their employment options.
The Fashion Program at Marymount University offers a number of internship and Study Abroad opportunities. Internship sites have includes Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Theory, Burberry, Ltd.. Nordstrom, and Anthropologie. Study abroad destinations include, but are not limited to Chile, India, Italy, New Zealand, Japan, and Denmark. Finally, the Department highlight is an annual fashion show with guests such as Michael Kors or Carolina Herrera in attendance.
44. Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania Top 25% of schools reviewed
Albright College, a national liberal arts college, was founded in 1856. It sits on 118 acres, just 63 miles from Philadelphia. Albright College offers 50 programs of study, including accelerated programs at 10 locations throughout Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania.
The Albright College Department of Fashion offers several programs for fashion students. Major Tracks include Merchandising, Design & Merchandising, Fashion Design, and Costume Design. Co-Major Tracks include Merchandising, Fashion Design, and Costume Design. All programs lead to a Bachelor of Arts (BA).
Fashion students have access to a variety of Study Abroad programs through Albright's Experiential Learning & Career Development Center. Internship opportunities are also available.
45. Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina Top 25% of schools reviewed
Meredith College is one of the top ten Best Regional Colleges (south), by U.S. News & World Report. Raked number three in the region, Meredith College is also ranked 9th for "Best Value" among colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report and it is one of the “Best Colleges in the Southeast” according to Princeton Review.
Established in 1891 and home to more than 1,700 students, Meredith College offers 32 majors, 46 minors, and a variety of graduate programs. Fashion students have several programs to choose from. The Fashion Merchandising and Design Department offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Fashion Merchandising and Design with a concentration in Merchandising or Design. Student opportunities include Study Abroad experiences in Paris, the UK, Italy, East Asia, Africa, and South America.
46. Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Top 25% of schools reviewed
Established in 1913, Mount Mary College is a four-year Catholic women’s college located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The school sits on 80 acres, just 92 miles north of Chicago and it is home to more than 1,600 students. Mount Mary College offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and eight graduate programs throughout eight academic divisions.
Mount Mary’s Art and Design Division is home of the school’s Art, Art Therapy, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Music, and Fashion programs. The Fashion program offers two majors including Merchandise Management and Fashion Design. The Merchandise Management major includes a Business Administration major. The program leads to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. A Certificate in Fashion Management is also available.
Fashion students have access to internship opportunities and Study Abroad experiences. Students have interned at companies such as Gap, Target Corporation, Kohl’s Department Stores, and Federated Department Stores. Study abroad experiences are available in Peru, Spain, Italy, France, Scotland, Ireland, and more.
47. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan Top 25% of schools reviewed
Founded in 1903, Western Michigan University (WMU) is one of the top 100 public universities in the U.S. and U.S. News & World report has listed WMU as one of the country’s best universities for 21 years in a row. WMU is home to more than 25,000 students enrolled in more than 240 academic programs. The school sits on more than 1,200 acres near downtown Kalamazoo.
Western Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Development-Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is home to one of the regions top fashion programs. The Textiles and Apparel Studies program offers BS degrees in Textile and Apparel Studies with an Emphasis in Merchandising, Fashion Design, or Product Development. Internships consist of 300 hours of supervised field experience in apparel design and marketing firms.
Study abroad opportunities are available in London at Regent’s College Marylebone as well as China, France, Germany, Mexico, Russia and Spain. WMU also has partnerships with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and American Intercontinental University in London.
48. Centenary College, Hackettstown, New Jersey Top 25% of schools reviewed
Established in 1867, Centenary College is one of the nations oldest institutions. This small, private college offers 20 Bachelor's degree programs with 23 unique concentrations. Associate degree programs, accelerated programs, and a number of Master's degree programs are offered as well.
The main campus sits on 42 acres in suburban Hackettstown, and it is home to around 1,915 students. In addition to the main campus, Centenary College has three centers including the Parsippany Center, Edison Center, and the Equestrian Center in Long Valley, NJ. The school's Communication and Fine Arts Department is home to the Fashion program. The Department offers BFA degrees in Merchandising and Design and Fashion Design.
Fashion students have access to a number of paid and unpaid internship opportunities. Just a few options include Anama (New York), Cosmopolitan (New York), DuJour Magazine (New York), Elle Magazine (New York), Flow Society (New York), Mary Kay (Teaneck, NJ), Mariechavez Jewelry (Montclair, NJ), Kal Rieman (New York), Roffe Accessories (New York), The Jones Group/Anne Klein (NY), and Toys R Us/Babies R Us.
49. Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia Top 25% of schools reviewed
Georgia Southern University (GSU) was established in 1906. The school sits on a 900-acre campus and it is home to more than 20,000 students. GSU offers 100+ programs throughout more than a dozen academic colleges.
Georgia Southern University’s School of Human Ecology of the College of Health and Human Sciences is home to the Fashion Merchandising & Apparel Design program. Students may choose the BS in Fashion Merchandising & Apparel with an Emphasis in Fashion Merchandising or an Emphasis in Apparel Design. Instruction includes “field experiences, internships, and study tours to the Atlanta and New York fashion markets.” Study abroad opportunities may also be available in London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, St. Petersburg Russia, Waterford, and Scotland.
50. Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pennsylvania Top 25% of schools reviewed
Established in 1926, Mercyhurst University is a private Catholic college with ties to the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland. The school began with just 75 acres of farmland and a few students. Today Mercyhurst University (MU) averages between 3,000 and 4,000 students annually, the school has added an 84-acre site—the 100-year-old Redemptorist Seminary in North East), and the school is set to add 405 additional acres as the future site of Mercyhurst West (now in operation in a temporary facility in Girard).
Mercyhurst University offers more than 50 majors with 67 concentrations and a wide variety of minors. The Walker School of Business & Communication is home to Mercyhurst University’s Fashion Merchandising program. The program offers the option to study, live, and learn in New York City through the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Visiting Student Program. Upon the completion of both programs, students will receive a Bachelor’s degree from Mercyhurst and an Associate degree from FIT.
In addition to the FIT program, students will have the opportunity to travel to New York City's Garment District every other year. Fashion Merchandising students may choose to study abroad when they are not touring NYC. Past locations have included London, Paris, Milan, Venice, Florence, and Rome.
51. Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Top 25% of schools reviewed
Philadelphia University was established in 1884 as the Philadelphia Textile School. The school opened with a donated classroom and five students. Now known as Philadelphia University or just PhilaU, the school sits on a 100-acre campus with more than 50 buildings and mansions and its home to more than 3,200 students from 38 states and 30 countries.
Located just minutes away from Center City, Philadelphia, PhilaU offers more than 60 areas of study leading to Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. The Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce at PhilaU offers a variety of degrees in a number of creative areas from Animation to Textiles Materials Technology. In addition to a BS in Textiles Materials Technology, fashion students may choose a BS in Fashion Merchandising with a Concentration in Buying and Merchandising or Fashion Apparel Production or a BS in Fashion Design or Textile Design.
The Kanbar College also offers an MS in Textile Engineering, Textile Design, and Global Fashion Enterprise. A PhD is also offered in Textile Engineering. To enhance any fashion degree, students may choose a Concentration in International Business, Marketing: Consumer Insight and Innovation, Finance, or Management: Leadership and Innovation in Organizations.
All students are eligible to study abroad in at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen, Denmark or in Italy, Hong Kong, Dominican Republic, Rome, London, Manchester, Seoul, Melbourne, and more.
52. University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii Top 30% of schools reviewed
Founded in 1907, University of Manoa (UH Manoa) is one of a select group of institutions nationwide designated as a land-, sea-, and space-grant research institution. The school, which sits on 320 acres just outside of downtown Honolulu, is also classified as having “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation and the Graduate School ranks among the best by U.S. News & World Report. UH Manoa is home to 20,426 students enrolled in Bachelor degree programs in 92 fields, Master’s programs in 84 fields, Doctoral programs in 51 fields, and Professional Degree programs in 5 fields.
A popular Bachelor degree program is the Apparel program offered by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Apparel Product Design and Merchandising (APDM) covers a variety of areas including Retail Buying and Merchandise Management, Fashion Trend Analysis, and Apparel Design and Construction. Merchandising and Design courses are taken by all majors, and upper class students focus on fashion merchandising or fashion design with a community internship.
53. University of North Texas, Denton, Texas Top 30% of schools reviewed
With more than 36,000 undergraduate students, the University of North Texas (UNT) is the nation’s 26th largest public university. Established in 1890, University of North Texas is listed as a “Best in the West” college by The Princeton Review and for 17 consecutive years, the school has been named one of America's 100 Best College Buys®.
The main campus at University of North Texas is 884-acres and it houses 168 buildings and 14 residence halls. The school also has a 290-acre Discovery Park (UNT’s research center). Throughout its campuses are 12 colleges and schools offering 97 Bachelor’s degrees, 81 Master’s degrees and 35 Doctoral degree programs.
The College of Visual Arts & Design is home to one of the regions top fashion programs. The College offers BS degrees in Merchandising and Home Furnishings Merchandising as well as a BFA and an MFA in Fashion Design. Fashion merchandising students may complete three credit hours of study through the Merchandising Study Tour. Destinations include New York City, Dallas, Hong Kong, Korea, and India.
Graduates of UNT’s Fashion program have worked as merchandisers for companies such as Nordstrom, Fossil, Neiman Marcus, Zale Corp., Target, J.C. Penney Co., Havertys, and Tuesday Morning.
54. Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois Top 30% of schools reviewed
Founded in 1901 as St. Clara College in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, Dominican University is a River Forest, Illinois-based private, not-for-profit coed university. The school, located just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, sits on a 33-acre campus that houses more than 3,500 students enrolled in more than 50 majors, fifteen graduate degree programs, and eight professional and pre-professional programs.
The Rosary College of Arts and Sciences, Apparel Design and Merchandising Department offers a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Apparel Merchandising. A Bachelor’s in Apparel Design is also offered with Concentrations in Fashion Development, Surface Design, and Dress and Textile Studies.
55. Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri Top 30% of schools reviewed
Located in Suburban St. Louis, Fontbonne University is a private, Catholic liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,293 students. Established in 1923, Fontbonne University sits on a 16-acre campus and the school is home to a dozen departments offering nearly 60 majors and minors as well as more than a dozen online graduate and undergraduate programs.
The Human Environmental Sciences Department at Fontbonne University is home to the Fashion Merchandising program. The major, which leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree allows students to participate in “local, regional, national and international fashion events — including Career Days sponsored by The Fashion Group International and travel study experiences” in places such as London and Paris, “that enhance classroom learning.”
Fashion Merchandising students typically minor in business administration, advertising, public relations, or graphic design to enhance their degree and job opportunities. Fashion Merchandising graduates work for a variety of major companies. Just a few include Build-a-Bear Workshop, Brown Shoe Company, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, and The Limited. Some graduates also work for smaller boutiques and specialty stores, while others have started their own boutiques and other businesses.
56. Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois Top 30% of schools reviewed
Founded in 1857, Illinois State University (ISU) is the oldest public university in the State of Illinois. The school sits on 490 acres, just 137 miles southwest of Chicago and 164 miles northeast of St. Louis. ISU is the former home of Theater alum Jane Lynch and the current home of the oldest collegiate circus in North America, and for seven straight years, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has ranked Illinois State in the top 100 public universities in the nation for quality and value.
Illinois State University offers more than 160 major/minor options and 41 Master's programs throughout seven schools. The College of Applied Science and Technology, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is home of the Apparel, Merchandising & Design program (AMD). The AMD program offers BS degrees in Merchandising and Apparel Design/Product Development. A Master’s degree program is also available with two Concentration areas: Apparel Merchandising and Apparel Product Design and Production.
In addition to internship opportunities, AMD students have the opportunity to enroll in a study tour in New York, Florence, London, or Paris. “The tours provide students the opportunity to learn about various firms within the textiles and apparel industry.”
57. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois Top 30% of schools reviewed
Southern Illinois University (SIU) was established in 1869, with around 143 students and a dozen academic departments. Today, SIU is home to 11 colleges and nearly 19,000 students enrolled in more than 200 majors, minors, and specifications. The School of Architecture is home to SIU’s popular Fashion Design and Merchandising program.
Southern Illinois University is the only public university in the State of Illinois that offers specializations in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, and Fashion Stylist. The Fashion Merchandising program requires business courses (in addition to the Fashion Design and Merchandising core) and a number of courses leading to a minor marketing. All programs lead to a Bachelor of Science (BS).
58. St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota Top 30% of schools reviewed
St. Catherine University (St. Kate) is a private Catholic college located in St. Paul, Minnesota. The main campus is just five miles from downtown St. Paul and only seven miles from downtown Minneapolis. Established in 1905 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Catherine University sits on 110 wooded acres and it is home to more than 5,000 students enrolled in more than 100 programs throughout seven schools and colleges. More than 90 percent of St. Kate students are from Minnesota and the majority (96.8 percent) are women.
The School of Business and Professional Studies is home of St. Catherine’s Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program (AMD). Famous former students include Project Runway contestants Katherine Gerdes, Christopher Straub, Danielle Everine, and Ra'mon Lawrence-Coleman. AMD students may choose between several programs including a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) in Fashion Merchandising or a BA/BS in Apparel Design.
Many Merchandising students take Marketing/Management or Small Business/Entrepreneurship courses to enhance their degree. In addition, just about every student participates in the AMD internship program and the annual Katwalk Fashion Show, Second Runway, and the Little Red Dress shows. Students have landed internships with retailers and brands such as New Look retailers in London, American Girl, BCBG, Christopher and Banks, Kruger Farms (outdoor clothing company), Flirt Boutique, and Wedding Shoppe.
59. Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, North Carolina Top 30% of schools reviewed
Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is home to more than 17,000 from nearly 100 countries. JWU students are enrolled in more than 40 programs in the areas of Arts & Sciences, Business, Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Technology, and Education. Established in 1914, Johnson & Wales University has a main campus location in Providence, Rhode Island, with additional campuses in North Miami Florida, Denver Colorado, and Charlotte North Carolina. Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte is home of the school’s College of Business, Fashion Merchandising & Retail Marketing program. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Students can customize the degree program by choosing Concentrations in Advertising, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources Management, Marketing Communications, or Operations Management.
In addition to the option to customize the program, students are encouraged to participate in JWU’s internship and Study Abroad programs. Students may travel to places like New York, Paris, Asia, and other sites in Europe. Companies such as ABC Television, DKNY, Ann Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, Cox Communications Inc., Neiman Marcus, and more have hired JWU Fashion Merchandising and Retail Marketing graduates.
60. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee Top 30% of schools reviewed
Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) was established in 1911, with 100 acres of land, 125 students, and a faculty of 19. Today, Middle State Tennessee State University sits on more than 500 acres; it is home to a faculty of over 900, and it houses more than 26,000 students. The school’s size and date of establishment make it the oldest and largest public university in Middle Tennessee.
Middle Tennessee State University offers Bachelor degrees in eight areas. These include Arts, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Music, Science, Science in Nursing, Social Work, and University Studies. The College of Graduate Studies offers Master's degrees in ten areas, the Specialist in Education degree, the Doctor of Education degree, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Among MTSU’s nearly 200 listed majors is the BS degree program in Textiles, Merchandising & Design with Concentrations in Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design. The Department of Human Sciences at MTSU also offers a Minor in Textiles, Merchandising & Design with an option in either Fashion Merchandising or Apparel Design. Internship opportunities are available at many major brands and companies as well as Study Abroad experiences in places such as Paris, China, Italy, Egypt, and more.
61. Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri Top 30% of schools reviewed
Founded as the Fourth District Normal School in 1905, Missouri State University (MSU) is a public university that offers more than 85 undergraduate majors and 45+ graduate programs. Missouri State University has four physical campuses including the main camps in Springfield, Missouri, the West Plains, MO campus, Mountain Grove, MO and the booming metropolis, Dalian China. The school is home to 22,866 students, six academic colleges, one School of Agriculture, and the Graduate College.
Ranked among Best Colleges: Regional Universities (Midwest) by U.S. News & World Report, Missouri State University’s Department of Fashion & Interior Design (FID) has several degree programs for aspiring merchandisers and designers. The Department offers BS degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Design, Fashion Merchandising and Management, and Fashion Design and Product Development. Students may choose the accelerated three-year program or the traditional four-year program. The three-year option can be completed in six regular semesters and three summer semesters.
All Fashion Merchandising and Design students must complete an internship (a minimum of four credit hours) to satisfy their major degree requirements. In addition to internship opportunities, Fashion Merchandising students may join the student-run Association of Fashion and Design, participate in the Missouri State Fashion Show, and "study away." Study away locations include Paris, China, Italy, Greece and more.
62. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois Top 30% of schools reviewed
Chartered in 1895, with classes beginning in 1899, Northern Illinois University (NIU) began as the Northern Illinois State Normal School. At the time, the school was dedicated to training college-educated teachers. Today, NIU is has 39 academic departments offering more than 200 majors, minors, and graduate programs to more than 22,000 students.
The Northern Illinois University School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences offers a major in Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising (TAM) leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Students may also Minor in TAM or continue beyond the BS to earn an MS in Apparel Studies. The program requires seven semester hours of an internship or cooperative education. Although not required, NIU offers Study Abroad experiences to suit any major. The program offers experiences in 75 different countries ranging from 10 days to a full academic year.
63. San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California Top 30% of schools reviewed
San Francisco State University (SFSU) was founded in 1899 as San Francisco State Normal School. The school’s first graduating class consisted if 36 students—all women. The first man was admitted to SFSU in 1904 and the first Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree was offered in 1923. Today, SFSU sits on a 141-acre campus, just nine miles from downtown San Francisco and it is home to 30,500 students enrolled in more than 200 programs.
The College of Health and Social Sciences, Department of Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Apparel Design and Merchandising. Students may choose one of two Emphasis areas including Fashion Merchandising or Apparel Design. Both Emphases prepare students for a career in apparel design, manufacturing, and promotion, or for a position with a retail company.
64. South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota Top 35% of schools reviewed
Established in 1881, South Dakota State University (SDSU) is the state’s largest university. This public land-grant institution offers 175 fields of study and more than 200 student organizations. With a 272-acre central campus, and an additional 15,000 acres (including seven research farms), SDSU houses 166 buildings along with 12,725 students, including 1,362 graduate students.
The Department of Consumer Sciences at SDSU is home to the Apparel Merchandising program, which has a special feature. Merchandising students have the opportunity to study at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) for one year. FIT classes lead to an Associate Degree from FIT. In addition, classes are applied directly to the BS in Apparel Merchandising degree at SDSU.
65. Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas Top 35% of schools reviewed
The Girls Industrial College was founded in 1901 as a public institution in the State of Texas. The school became Texas State College for Women in 1934, and Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in 1957. TWU began admitting men in 1972. Today, the school is home to more than 15,000 students (more than 1,600 are men) and U.S. News & World Report ranks TWU among the top three in the state and the top 10 nationally among universities with the most diverse student populations.
In addition to the Denton Campus, Texas Woman’s University has campuses in Dallas and Houston. The Fashion Program is offered at the Denton Campus and includes a wide variety of degree plans. Fashion Merchandising degree plans include a BS in Fashion Merchandising with a Planning Emphasis or Management Emphasis and a BA and BBA dual degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, Fashion Merchandising and Management, or Fashion Merchandising and Entrepreneurship.
TWU also offers a BS in Fashion Merchandising with a Marketing Minor and Management Emphasis, a BS in Fashion Merchandising with a Marketing Minor and Planning Emphasis, a BA and BS Dual Degree in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising, and a BS in Fashion Merchandising with a Marketing Minor + BA in Fashion Design (double degree). TWU offers Minors in Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Marketing, and Fashion Design and internship opportunities are available at retailers ranging from BCBG and Burberry to O, The Oprah Magazine and Tuesday Morning.
66. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan Top 35% of schools reviewed
Eastern Michigan University (EMU) was established in 1849, just 12 short years after Michigan was admitted to the Union as the 26th state. When it opened, Eastern Michigan University became the 6th teacher education institution in the nation. Over the years, the school has grown from a four-acre plot with one building and two programs, into an 800- acre campus with more than 23,000 students enrolled in more than 300 programs.
Eastern Michigan University’s College of Technology is home to one of the regions most competitive fashion programs—the Apparel, Textiles, & Merchandising (ATM) Program Offerings include B.S. and M.S. degrees in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising and a PhD concentration in Textiles. In addition to completing an internship with a major retailer, brand, magazine, etc., students are encouraged to take advantage of EMU’s Study Abroad program. Past experiences include travel to Japan, France, South Korea, UK, Spain, Germany, and Turkey.
67. Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia Top 35% of schools reviewed
Established in 1878 as Georgia Baptist Female Seminary, Brenau University is a private, Non-sectarian Liberal Arts institution. The school sits on 43 acres and it has a student body of 2,777 students, enrolled in more than 100 academic programs. Brenau University ranks 30 in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges Regional Universities (South) by U.S. News & World Report.
Brenau University’s College of Fine Arts & Humanities offers a number of exciting Art & Design programs. Just a few include Art Education (BFA), Studio Art (BFA) and Fashion Design (BFA), and Fashion Merchandising (BA). The Fashion Merchandising BA includes courses such as The Fashion Industry, Digital Graphic Design, Marketing, Merchandise Buying, Apparel Development & Analysis, and more.
Fashion students must complete an internship as part of the program and Study Abroad experiences are optional. However, instructors recommend enrolling in a Study Abroad program, which can help enhance the program. Study Abroad experiences are offered in China, Belgium, France, Greece, Mexico, Spain, and the UK.
68. Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia Top 35% of schools reviewed
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) was founded in 1865 as Atlanta University. The school was the nation's oldest graduate institution serving a predominantly African-American student body before consolidating with other similar institutions in the 1900s. On July 1, 1988, Clark Atlanta University was created by consolidating Atlanta University and Clark College (founded in 1869). Today, Clark Atlanta University is home to nearly 4,000 students enrolled in 38 areas of study.
Clark Atlanta University’s Department of Art is home to one of the regions best Fashion programs. The Department offers BA Degrees in Fashion Merchandising with Concentrations in Merchandising and Fashion Design. The Department offers a unique Fashion Study Abroad Program for both degree paths. Participation in the program enhances students’ overall educational experience and it “creates unique opportunities for intellectual and personal growth.” Fashion students may spend their third year abroad in London, Paris, Provence, Milan, or Florence—to name a few.
69. Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas Top 35% of schools reviewed
Sam Houston State University (SHSU) was established in 1879 and it was named after General Sam Houston—the states “greatest hero.” Sam Houston State University is recognized as one of the “Best in the West” universities by Princeton Review, the Musical Theater ranked in the Top 10 by Broadway Theater Project, and it is one of Princeton Review’s and PC Magazine's “Most Wired” colleges in the nation.
Located on a 316-acre campus just 70 miles north of Houston, Sam Houston State University is home to more than 18,400 students enrolled in more than 136 on-campus programs. One of the school’s most popular programs is the Fashion Merchandising program offered through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Family and Consumer Science.
Fashion Merchandising students may choose the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, with a foreign language component, or the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, with additional math and science requirements. In addition to business, product, and visual merchandising/promotion coursework, students must complete a 300-hour internship "with a fashion-based business at the retail or manufacturing level." Past opportunities include Betsey Johnson, Abi Ferrin, Ralph Lauren Childrenswear, Dillard’s, Kohl’s, and Nordstrom.
Although not required, the Department recommends participation in Study Abroad programs at SHSU. Students have studied in Costa Rica, Spain, France, Australia, Italy, and more.
70. Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky Top 35% of schools reviewed
Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) was established in 1906 as the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School. Sixty years later, the school became Eastern Kentucky University and began awarding degrees in fields other than education. Today, EKU is home to nearly 16,000 students enrolled in more than 100 programs.
The Eastern Kentucky University Department of Family & Consumer Sciences offers a BS in Apparel Design & Merchandising (BS ADM). Program highlights include a Spring Fashion Show and Trash Fash Bash (which features sustainability inspired fashions). The University also offers Study Abroad options such as exchange opportunities, joint programs, and access to third party providers such as Global Semesters and Arcadia.
71. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania Top 35% of schools reviewed
Founded in 1875, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) has grown from just twelve acres and one building to more than 350 acres and 75 major buildings. The school is home to 15,379 students enrolled in more than 180 programs. In addition to the main campus, IUP has five other campuses and centers that welcome thousands of students each day.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania houses seven colleges. The College of Health and Human Services is home to IUP’s BS in Fashion Merchandising program. The curriculum consists of “university liberal studies requirements, fashion merchandising core courses and electives, and a specific business concentration.” Concentrations include Business Administration, Marketing, and Small Business Management. A Minor in Business Administration is also offered through the Eberly College of Business.
In addition to internships and Study Abroad opportunities, students can study in New York City, courtesy of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Visiting Student Program. If accepted into the program, students will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in addition to their IUP degree.
72. Texas A&M University, Kingsville, Texas Top 35% of schools reviewed
Chartered in 1917, and open for business in 1925, Texas A&M-Kingsville is the oldest continuously operating public institution of higher learning in South Texas. The school, which started as South Texas State Teachers College, then Texas College of Arts and Industries (1929), and Texas A&I University (1967), became a member of the Texas A&M University System in 1989. Texas A&I changed its name to Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) in 1993 to reflect the membership.
Being a member of the Texas A&M system has many benefits. For starters, Texas A&M is one of the nation’s top public universities. It ranked 19th in the nation among public universities by U.S. News & World Report (2011) and 2nd in the nation among public universities in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" category –also by U.S. News & World Report (2010). The system is home to more than 50,000 students, enrolled in more than 360 programs, across five campuses.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville is home to the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Human Sciences. The College offers a BS in Human Sciences with a Concentration in Fashion & Interiors Merchandising. The program prepares students for a career in Fashion Buying, Retail Management, Visual Merchandising, Product Development, Merchandise Coordinating, and more. In addition, the program offers a variety of internship opportunities with companies such as Ralph Lauren, Luna Luz (New York), ShowOne (Shanghai, China), and Javier Vicente/MAFE's (Salamanca, Spain).
73. Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pennsylvania Top 35% of schools reviewed
Immaculata University (IU) was founded in 1920 as Villa Maria College. This private, Catholic, coeducational university was established with 198 campus acres and two dormitory-classroom structures. Today, the school, located just 20 miles west of Philadelphia, consists of 375 acres and 13 principal buildings with a student body of more than 4,5000 enrolled in more than 60 programs.
IU offers a variety of programs for artists and designers, ranging from Graphic Design to Studio Art to Fashion. The Department of Fashion/Family and Consumer Sciences is home to the Fashion Merchandising Program. The customizable degree program offers eight minors and Students a required 180 hours of practical work experience. Past opportunities include stints at Anthropologie, Gap, Dorfman-Pacific Showroom in New York City, Macy's.com, QVC, and Nordstrom.
In addition to internship opportunities with top companies, Immaculate University has an impressive Study Abroad program, which allows students to study in a variety of locales during their junior year. IU co-sponsors Study Abroad programs at universities in Australia, Austria, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Scotland, Spain and Wales. Short-term Study Abroad courses (with 1-4 week travel) are available as well.
74. University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut Top 35% of schools reviewed
Established in 1927 as the Junior College of Connecticut, the University of Bridgeport (UB) is a private, four-year institution located just 62 miles from New York. The school sits on a 50-acre seaside campus that houses nearly 5,000 students enrolled in more than 125 programs.
University of Bridgeport offers two degree programs for Fashion majors. Students may choose between the Fashion Merchandising AA or BS degree. The AA in Fashion Merchandising prepares students for the BS program, which prepares student for a variety of careers in the world of fashion. Buying, E-tailing, Fashion Marketing (domestic, international), Retail Management, and Product Development are just a few.
UB Fashion students must complete a supervised industry internship. Students will work with a number of “prestigious” retail organizations in New York, and they have the opportunity to participate in fashion shows, resident buying workshops, trade shows, and many field trips to the New York market. Although not required, students are encouraged to study abroad for a semester. The affiliated Study Abroad Program features experiences at London College of Fashion, the University of Florence, Italy, and several universities in Australia. A couture study week in Paris is another option.
75. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico Top 35% of schools reviewed
New Mexico State University (NMSU) is a NASA Space Grant College and home to New Mexico’s first Honors College. The school ranks in the top tier among Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, and it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
New Mexico State University sits on a 3,500-acre main campus in Las Cruces just 45 miles from El Paso, Texas and 47 miles from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. NMSU has four other campuses including Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Dona Ana, and Grants. The main campus is home to more than 14,400 students enrolled in more than 140 academic programs.
One program—the Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion Merchandising program (CTFM) welcomes hundreds of students each year. Offered through the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, the program includes supporting coursework in accounting, business administration, communications, consumer science, journalism, marketing, management, and studio art. Retail and Design internships are available as well as Study Abroad experiences in China, the UK, Paris and more. The Fashion Merchandising program at NMSU prepares students to become Entrepreneurs, Fashion Buyers, Fashion Coordinators, Managers, and more.