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2023 Fashion Design Rankings

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




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, 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.

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