Our 2017 rankings of the top 10 fashion merchandising programs on the East Coast.

We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island: Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design; Textile Marketing
Kingston, Rhode Island
Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design

The Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design program at University of Rhode Island features a broad curriculum that exposes students to all facets of the textile and fashion industries.  Coursework combines textile knowledge with instruction in design and merchandising to prepare students for careers in the industry.  Internships and study abroad opportunities are available for students to gain real-world experience in fashion.

Rhode Island


From Rhode Island Fashion Week to the Rhode Island Fashion Concert, this tiny state makes big things happen in the fashion world. Not only this, but several schools here offer some of the nations top fashion programs. Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence and the University of Rhode Island in Kingston are considered the best.