Our 2016 rankings of the top 10 fashion merchandising schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

1. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Established in 1856, Auburn University is home to a population of 27,287 enrolled in more than 140 degree options across 13 colleges and schools. The College of Human Sciences is home to the Department of Consumer & Design Sciences (CADS), which offers several programs for aspiring fashion merchandisers. 

Our 2016 rankings of the top fashion design schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

1. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) was founded in 1978. The school, which is home to more than 12,000 students, offers 40 areas of study and 70-plus minors and certificate programs. With campuses in Savannah, Atlanta, and Hong Kong, SCAD offers a variety of programs for aspiring fashion designers. Offerings include BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in Accessory Design, Fashion, Fibers, and Jewelry. The Fashion BFA, MA and MFA are offered at both the Savannah and Atlanta campuses, and the BFA is also offered at SCAD’s Hong Kong campus. 

Our 2017 rankings of the top 10 fashion merchandising schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

Our 2017 rankings of the top fashion design schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2015 rankings of the top 10 fashion merchandising schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2015 rankings of the top fashion design schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2014 rankings of the top 15 fashion merchandising schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

Our 2014 list of the Top 75 Fashion Merchandising School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a leader in the worlds of art, design, business and technology. Accredited by the prestigious National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, FIT offers 43 majors leading to Associates, Bachelors, and Master’s degrees. Part of the popular State University of New York (SUNY), FIT was established in 1944 with just 100 students on the top two floors of the High School of Needle Trades.

Kentucky

Kentucky is home to dozens of neat college towns and big city campuses that welcome thousands of students each year. Many of the state’s college towns are home to some of the regions top schools. These schools made the cut based on factors such as affordability, convenience, student clubs and organizations, recreation, student population, job placement services, financial aid programs, and more. Fortunately, several of these top schools also offer top-tier fashion programs.

Kentucky

The state of Kentucky hosts a number of truly spectacular events each year. However, the most spectacular of them all is the Kentucky Derby. The Derby, which takes place in Louisville Kentucky at Churchill Downs, is about more than horseracing though. This event (and it’s sister event—the Kentucky Oaks) is also about highlighting high-end spring fashions.

Kentucky

A fashion school with a large student body does say a lot about the school. I mean, with so many students, the school has to be popular, right?  Sure. But for some, large class sizes can be a con when weighing the pros and cons of any given school. Many college ranking agencies consider class size or rather student-faculty ratio to help determine which schools are the best of the best. They might also consider student selectivity, program offerings, financial resources, graduation and retention rates, and peer assessment.

Each day we receive emails from aspiring fashion designers asking us for advice as to which fashion design schools are the “best” in the US, a given state, or in a particular area of the country.  As such advice is difficult to provide on an individual basis, we have instead created this list of the Top 15 Fashion School Programs in the South. For the record, we define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas. 

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.

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky: Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles.
Lexington, Kentucky
Department of Merchandising, Apparel, & Textiles

A main objective of the department of merchandising, apparel, and textiles is to prepare students for professional work in a highly technical and diverse global climate.University of Kentucky’s fashion program is committed to having a positive social and economic impact in all the fields in which fashion graduates serve. To help accomplish this, the department of merchandising, apparel and textiles has developed teaching, research, and services programs that support student success.

Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University: Textiles & Apparel Merchandising
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

The textiles and apparel merchandising curriculum at Western Kentucky University is designed to assist students in developing marketable problem solving skills in the textile and apparel fields, and to prepare graduates for professional work in the fashion industry as managers or merchandisers. To help accomplish this, the family and consumer sciences department provides 76 hours of instruction in the textiles & apparel merchandising program.