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2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

There are about 13,110 students enrolled in Fashion Design in the USA.

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popularity

Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

3,423

Vs. National Avg.

-78%

popularity Rank

#183

cost

Somewhat Affordable

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$24K

Vs. National Avg.

-3%

cost Rank

#275

salary

Low Paying

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$38K

Vs. National Avg.

-5%

salary Rank

#318

professors

Not Very Good

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

-3%

professors Rank

#305

students

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

8%

students Rank

#101

SUMMARY

Studying Fashion Design is not only a valuable choice, but commonly a critical first step for scholars wanting to enter a career as a runway designer, a male fashion editor, or a runway process engineer. In fact, fashion design is a ​unique degree coming in at the 153rd most popular area of study. In the last year, there were 1,917 fashion design graduates. In-state tuition for fashion design at private schools is, on average, 3.3 times more spendy than their public fellows.

With only 80 colleges offering this degree you could have limited options as to the institutions that will have an option for you. If you are looking to surround yourself with other fashion design undergraduates, consider colleges in New York which have more undergraduates admitted to fashion design than any other state. More generally, the top region to study fashion design is in the Mid East region with Montclair State University, The New School, and Fashion Institute of Technology best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the best conference to major in fashion design is the Mid-American Conference with Bowling Green State University-Main Campus, Kent State University at Kent, and Miami University-Oxford representing the conference. Based on our list on the best colleges, our choice for the best university for fashion design is Syracuse University.

The objectively best school does not mean it is the best school for every student. There can be a bunch more perspectives to weigh when selecting school. Things like campus amenities, transportation services, and food could impact your feelings of which college to attend. Here at authority.org, we have examined the pros and cons for you. If, as an example, you are intrigued by which fashion design school has the best campus, the answer is Michigan State University. If you are very interested in which college boasts the finest campus, then we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more to evaluate every major in the United States in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life&nbspand from that list, our selection for the school with the best student life for fashion design is Syracuse University. Curious why? Keep reading to learn more about our top selections. Many of our picks might shock you.

If cost is a significant factor in your choice of where you attend college, you might consider avoiding Syracuse University. Syracuse University&nbspis our most expensive school for fashion design, at least regarding out of state enrollment. We do have an entire page for the most expensive&nbspschools that might put the cost of Syracuse University&nbspinto perspective. You may also care to know that fashion design is the 212th most expensive degree in the nation, with an average expense of $29,400. On a broader scale, the most costly state for fashion design in the nation is Washington with expenses at the main school, Seattle Pacific University, of $44,604. Even more broadly, the most expensive region for fashion design is the Far West region which is best demonstrated with California College of the Arts with a cost of $50,592, Otis College of Art and Design with a cost of $45,200, and Seattle Pacific University with a cost of $44,604.

Our cheapest region for fashion design is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design with a cost of $17,670. More optimistically, the most affordable school for fashion design is Fashion Institute of Technology. Authority's comprehensive list of the most affordable universities can be explored here.

In-state students can anticipate paying around $11,200 for a degree in fashion design. The cost inflates substantially to an average of $24,600 for an out-of-state public-school student. As such, you might be interested in our choice for the college constituting the best value for fashion design: Thomas Jefferson University. Through this link you can see our comprehensive list for the universities we see as being the best value&nbspoverall. With that said, this list is predicated on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, but as we do not know what state(s) you might qualify for in-state tuition, we are approaching this discussion through out-of-state tuition costs.

Earnings for fashion design students vary a lot, but two years after graduation graduates will typically earn around $51,100. There is a lot of variation in earnings; top positions can experience pay up to $94,800. Right out of college, the lowest earning positions within the fashion design space earn $28,000, which could be worse. The highest earning grads for fashion design come from Drexel University&nbspand if you are looking for colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The prevailing diversity of fashion design ranks quite high, ranking in the 85th percentile of majors nationally. The school with the most composite diversity for fashion design is The New School&nbspand here you can find our general list for the universities which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Fashion Design is only in the 49th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, ranking in the 99th percentile. White collegians make up the largest proportion, 38%, of those majoring in fashion design. Additionally, 88% of scholars seeking a fashion design major are women.

The median rating for fashion design professors is 4 stars, a score which is surprisingly the median score for every major; this is a fine. If you want the most popular fashion design instructor in the country, look no further than William Perrine from Kent State University at Kent. This might be surprising, but the best ranked professors of fashion design according to students are at Fashion Institute of Technology. If we consider data other than simply rankings we find that the college possessing the overall best instructors for fashion design is University of Delaware. You can find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, as well as some of the finest instructors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult school to get into for fashion design is Syracuse University. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we have a detailed list of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we hope you believe that considering the education process with a lens mainly informed by superlatives can cause issues. We at Authority hope you explore our other pages on different schools and explore a couple of our background pages on important details to look for as your school search develops.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

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A+

Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Purdue University-Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN | https://www.purdue.edu/

67%

Acceptance

49,027

Students

#129

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

University of Maryland-College Park

College Park, MD | www.umd.edu/

51%

Acceptance

44,404

Students

#98

Ranking

$37K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO | www.wustl.edu/

16%

Acceptance

17,893

Students

#18

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI | https://www.msu.edu/

76%

Acceptance

55,406

Students

#178

Ranking

$40K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Cincinnati, OH | www.uc.edu/

76%

Acceptance

46,140

Students

#632

Ranking

$27K

Tuition

A

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Arizona State University Campus Immersion

Tempe, AZ | www.asu.edu/

88%

Acceptance

82,880

Students

#332

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN | https://www.lipscomb.edu/

62%

Acceptance

5,876

Students

#408

Ranking

$35K

Tuition

A

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Iowa State University

Ames, IA | www.iastate.edu/

88%

Acceptance

35,319

Students

#375

Ranking

$25K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

University of Delaware

Newark, DE | www.udel.edu/

66%

Acceptance

26,527

Students

#142

Ranking

$36K

Tuition

A

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Indiana University-Bloomington

Bloomington, IN | www.indiana.edu/

80%

Acceptance

46,441

Students

#265

Ranking

$38K

Tuition

A

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Baylor University

Waco, TX | www.baylor.edu/

68%

Acceptance

19,632

Students

#225

Ranking

$49K

Tuition

F

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA | www.ccsf.edu/

0%

Acceptance

35,153

Students

#2832

Ranking

$8K

Tuition

A

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, NY | www.fitnyc.edu/

59%

Acceptance

9,869

Students

#219

Ranking

$16K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX | www.ttu.edu/

70%

Acceptance

41,909

Students

#406

Ranking

$24K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY | https://www.syracuse.edu/

69%

Acceptance

38,868

Students

#140

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA | https://www.vcu.edu/

91%

Acceptance

32,628

Students

#606

Ranking

$36K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Bob Jones University

Greenville, SC | www.bju.edu/

0%

Acceptance

3,750

Students

#680

Ranking

$21K

Tuition

F

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Mt San Antonio College

Walnut, CA | www.mtsac.edu/

0%

Acceptance

40,068

Students

#2791

Ranking

$11K

Tuition

B

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN | https://www.stkate.edu/

76%

Acceptance

5,295

Students

#947

Ranking

$43K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA | https://drexel.edu/

77%

Acceptance

27,720

Students

#161

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA | www.jefferson.edu/

70%

Acceptance

9,785

Students

#235

Ranking

$42K

Tuition

B

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, WA | https://spu.edu/

91%

Acceptance

3,920

Students

#734

Ranking

$47K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Miami University-Oxford

Oxford, OH | miamioh.edu/

92%

Acceptance

21,667

Students

#536

Ranking

$37K

Tuition

F

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Cuesta College

San Luis Obispo, CA | https://www.cuesta.edu/

0%

Acceptance

15,810

Students

#2828

Ranking

$9K

Tuition

F

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Fashion Design

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA | www.santarosa.edu/

0%

Acceptance

27,223

Students

#2508

Ranking

$8K

Tuition

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