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2022 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

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2,545

Graduates Per Year

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$48K

Average Salary

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#125

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Popular

2,545

59% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

79

59% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

124

Construction Management

2,576

125

Fashion Merchandising

2,545

126

Legal Studies

2,481

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$26,840

16% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

252

Community Organization and Advocacy

$26,910

253

Fashion Merchandising

$26,840

254

Food Science

$26,823

Salary

Average Salary

$37,424

3% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

145

Hospitality Management

$37,518

146

Fashion Merchandising

$37,424

147

Global Studies

$37,163

Professors

Very Bad

3.8/5

5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

285

American Studies

286

Fashion Merchandising

287

Mathematics Teacher Education

Students

Average Diversity

3.8/5

5.45% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

176

Human Resources

177

Fashion Merchandising

178

Operations Management and Supervision

SUMMARY

Majoring in Fashion Merchandising is not only a valuable choice, but often a mandatory first step for scholars trying to begin a career as an internet retailer, a textile designer, or a fashion event coordinator. Interestingly, fashion merchandising is fairly popular coming in at the 125th most popular degree. Last academic year alone, there were 2,545 fashion merchandising diplomas received. In-state tuition for fashion merchandising at private institutions is, on average, 3.4 times more costly than their public peers.

With only 79 schools offering this degree you might have a smaller selection of institutions that will have an option for you. If you're hoping to surround yourself with other fashion merchandising majors, consider colleges in New York which have more undergraduates admitted to fashion merchandising than any other state. Zooming out, the top region to study fashion merchandising is in the Mid East region with Fashion Institute of Technology, LIM College, and Marist College best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick for the best conference to study fashion merchandising is the Mid-American Conference with Ball State University, Central Michigan University, and Kent State University at Kent representing the conference. Based on our comprehensive list of the best colleges, our selection for the best college for fashion merchandising is Texas Christian University.

The 'best' school might not actually be the best school for you. There might be lots of perspectives to think about when deciding on ​university. Features such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food might refashion one's thoughts of where to go to college. At authority.org, we weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which fashion merchandising school has the top campus, the answer is LIM College. If, for example, you are very interested in which college boasts the finest campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, government databases, student reviews, and more so we can evaluate each major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life and, from that list, our choice for the school with the best student life for fashion merchandising is Texas Christian University. Are you curious why? Continue scrolling to learn more about our top recommendations. Some of our decisions will probably shock you.

If cost is a primary influence in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Texas Christian University. Texas Christian University is the most expensive college for fashion merchandising, at least regarding out of state enrollment. We do have an entire page for the most expensive universities that might put the expense at Texas Christian University into perspective. You could also care to know that fashion merchandising is the 253rd most expensive program in the US, with an average associated cost of $26,800. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for fashion merchandising nationally is Washington demonstrated by a tuition of $44,604 at Seattle Pacific University. Even more broadly, the most expensive region for fashion merchandising is the Far West region which is best demonstrated with Academy of Art University with a cost of $23,112, and Seattle Pacific University with a cost of $44,604.

Our cheapest region for fashion merchandising is the Plains region which is represented by University of Central Missouri with a cost of $14,256, Lindenwood University with a cost of $18,000, and Stephens College with a cost of $22,500. More optimistically, the most affordable college for fashion merchandising is Fashion Institute of Technology. Our full list of the most affordable universities can be explored here.

In-state students can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $10,100 for a degree in fashion merchandising. The price balloons by a lot to a median of $18,700 for an out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our pick for the university constituting the best value for fashion merchandising: Thomas Jefferson University. Through this link you can find our comprehensive list on the colleges we believe to be the best value overall. Do know, this discussion is predicated on out-of-state tuition costs. The value proposition changes when it comes to in-state tuition, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for fashion merchandising students can differ, but within two-years of graduation graduates will often earn in the neighborhood of $48,100. While there is a lot of variation in earnings potential; top earners can experience pay up to $92,900. Right out of school, the lowest earning jobs within the fashion merchandising field earn $24,900, which isn't that bad. The top earning graduates for fashion merchandising have come from Marist College and if you want to find the universities with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The overall diversity of fashion merchandising ranks on the higher end, being in the 55th percentile of all programs. The college with the highest composite diversity for fashion merchandising is Academy of Art University and here you can find our comprehensive list of the schools with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Fashion Merchandising only is in the 84th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even less in the 74th percentile. White collegians compose the largest proportion, 54%, of students majoring in fashion merchandising. Additionally, 92% of students pursuing a fashion merchandising major are women.

The median rating of fashion merchandising professors is 3.8 stars, a rating which is 5% worse than the average score across all majors; which is a subpar score. If you are searching for the most popular fashion merchandising instructor in the country, look no further than Steven Stipelman from Fashion Institute of Technology. It may be shocking, but the best rated fashion merchandising instructors from student rankings are found at Fashion Institute of Technology. As we including information other than just rankings it becomes clear that the college possessing comprehensively the best professors for fashion merchandising is Texas Christian University. You will find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with some of the finest professors nationwide.

Finally, the most difficult college to get into for fashion merchandising is University of Georgia. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we have a detailed list for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we hope you believe that looking at the education process through a lens primarily built on superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental problems. We encourage you to explore our other pages on different topics and read some of our insightful background pages on beneficial details to look for as your university search continues.

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Fashion Institute of Technology

#1 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Fashion Institute of Technology is a mid-sized public college located in New York, NY ranked 196th in the United States. It has a total of 9,832 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 53.89% of applicants. Fashion Institute of Technology offers 49 different majors and is best known for its Fashion Merchandising, Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, and Advertising programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $5,190 for in-state students and $15,570 for those from out-of-state, Fashion Institute of Technology is moderately priced. 68.35% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make roughly $48,900 per year, which is 18% over the national median.

New York, NY

www.fitnyc.edu

A

Rating

54%

Acceptance

10,065

Students

#196

Ranking

$15,570

Tuition

Marist College

#2 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Marist College is a mid-sized private institution located in Poughkeepsie, NY ranked 184th in the US. It has a total of 6,184 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 49.23% of applicants. Marist College offers 79 different majors and is best known for its Fashion Merchandising, Multimedia Art, and History Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,800 per year, Marist College is rather expensive. 78.36% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in approximately $56,900 per year, which is 37% greater than the national median.

Poughkeepsie, NY

www.Marist.edu

A

Rating

49%

Acceptance

7,462

Students

#184

Ranking

$41,800

Tuition

Texas Christian University

#3 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Texas Christian University is a large private university located in Fort Worth, TX ranked 119th in America. It has a total of 9,780 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 47.12% of applicants. Texas Christian University offers 199 different majors and is best known for its Computer Systems Analysis, Entrepreneurship, and Fashion Merchandising programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $49,160 per year, Texas Christian University is very pricey. 77.26% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home approximately $52,800 per year, which is 27% greater than the national median.

Fort Worth, TX

www.tcu.edu/

A

Rating

47%

Acceptance

11,499

Students

#119

Ranking

$49,160

Tuition

Thomas Jefferson University

#4 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Thomas Jefferson University is a mid-sized private medical school located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 187th in the US. It has a total of 3,980 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 65.88% of applicants. Thomas Jefferson University offers 125 different majors and is best known for its Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Ultrasound Technology, Interior Architecture, and Fashion Merchandising programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $40,680 per year, Thomas Jefferson University is rather expensive. 73.57% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in about $80,300 per year, which is 93% greater than the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

www.jefferson.edu

A

Rating

66%

Acceptance

8,773

Students

#187

Ranking

$40,680

Tuition

University of Georgia

#5 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

University of Georgia is a very large public university located in Athens, GA ranked 127th in the United States. It has a total of 32,548 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 45.3% acceptance rate. University of Georgia offers 419 different majors and is best known for its Insurance, Landscape Architecture, and Mathematics Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,790 for students from Georgia and $28,830 for those from out-of-state, University of Georgia is reasonably costly. 74.72% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home about $50,500 per year, which is 22% above the national median.

Athens, GA

www.uga.edu

A

Rating

45%

Acceptance

42,708

Students

#127

Ranking

$28,830

Tuition

Baylor University

#6 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Baylor University is a large private university located in Waco, TX ranked 140th in the nation. It has a total of 14,751 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 45.33% acceptance rate. Baylor University offers 209 different majors and is best known for its Religious Music, Entrepreneurship, and Management Information Systems programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $42,842 per year, Baylor University is rather expensive. 71.81% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home near $51,600 per year, which is 24% greater than the national median.

Waco, TX

www.baylor.edu

A

Rating

45%

Acceptance

18,956

Students

#140

Ranking

$42,842

Tuition

University of North Texas

#7 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

University of North Texas is a very large public university located in Denton, TX ranked 24th in Texas. It has a total of 35,111 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 73.61% acceptance rate. University of North Texas offers 243 different majors and is best known for its General Studies, Jazz, and Fashion Merchandising programs (nationally ranked 1st, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,295 for students from Texas and $18,423 for those from out-of-state, University of North Texas is reasonably priced. 55.16% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take in near $45,000 per year, which is 8% greater than the national median.

Denton, TX

www.unt.edu

C+

Rating

74%

Acceptance

43,963

Students

#668

Ranking

$18,423

Tuition

Texas Tech University

#8 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Texas Tech University is a very large public university located in Lubbock, TX ranked 18th in Texas. It has a total of 33,618 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting something like 7/10ths of applicants. Texas Tech University offers 215 different majors and is best known for its Agricultural Public Services, Human Sciences, and Rhetoric and Composition programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,744 for students from Texas and $16,704 for those from out-of-state, Texas Tech University is moderately priced. 58.48% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home near $51,400 per year, which is 24% greater than the national median.

Lubbock, TX

www.ttu.edu

B

Rating

69%

Acceptance

41,153

Students

#431

Ranking

$16,704

Tuition

Johnson & Wales University-Providence

#9 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Johnson & Wales University-Providence is a mid-sized private institution located in Providence, RI ranked 9th in Rhode Island. It has a total of 7,399 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 92.72% acceptance rate. Johnson & Wales University-Providence offers 62 different majors and is best known for its Culinary Arts, Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, and Counseling Psychology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $33,054 per year, Johnson & Wales University-Providence is somewhat moderately high-priced. 54.78% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home around $38,800 per year, which is 7% less than the national median.

Providence, RI

www.jwu.edu/campuses/providence/index.html

C+

Rating

93%

Acceptance

8,227

Students

#732

Ranking

$33,054

Tuition

Belmont University

#10 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Belmont University is a mid-sized private college located in Nashville, TN ranked 6th in Tennessee. It has a total of 6,991 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 83.8% acceptance rate. Belmont University offers 115 different majors and is best known for its Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management, Music Management, and Recording Arts Technology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $34,000 per year, Belmont University is somewhat moderately costly. 67.4% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn roughly $44,100 per year, which is 6% over the national median.

Nashville, TN

www.belmont.edu

B+

Rating

84%

Acceptance

8,733

Students

#407

Ranking

$34,000

Tuition

Lipscomb University

#11 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Lipscomb University is a small private college located in Nashville, TN ranked 8th in Tennessee. It has a total of 3,622 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 63.11% acceptance rate. Lipscomb University offers 181 different majors and is best known for its Writing, Family Systems, and Molecular Biology programs (nationally ranked 4th, 4th, and 10th respectively). With an annual tuition of $30,860 per year, Lipscomb University is reasonably expensive. 57.89% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, entering the workforce. After college, alumni go on to make about $43,200 per year, which is 4% greater than the national median.

Nashville, TN

www.lipscomb.edu

B

Rating

63%

Acceptance

5,980

Students

#499

Ranking

$30,860

Tuition

Meredith College

#12 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Meredith College is a small private institution located in Raleigh, NC ranked 12th in North Carolina. It has a total of 1,683 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 64.72% acceptance rate. Meredith College offers 64 different majors and is best known for its Human Sciences, Fashion Merchandising, and Child Development programs (nationally ranked 9th, 12th, and 14th respectively). With an annual tuition of $38,520 per year, Meredith College is rather pricey. 60% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to make approximately $39,500 per year, which is 5% below the national median.

Raleigh, NC

www.meredith.edu

B-

Rating

65%

Acceptance

2,048

Students

#591

Ranking

$38,520

Tuition

Harding University

#13 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Harding University is a small private college located in Searcy, AR ranked 5th in Arkansas. It has a total of 4,323 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 61.34% acceptance rate. Harding University offers 129 different majors and is best known for its Middle School Education and Teaching, Bible Studies, and Health Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 6th, 7th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $20,010 per year, Harding University is moderately priced. 52.69% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn near $40,900 per year, which is 2% less than the national median.

Searcy, AR

www.harding.edu

B-

Rating

61%

Acceptance

5,717

Students

#547

Ranking

$20,010

Tuition

Seattle Pacific University

#14 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Seattle Pacific University is a small private college located in Seattle, WA ranked 14th in Washington. It has a total of 3,098 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 90.61% of applicants. Seattle Pacific University offers 111 different majors and is best known for its Physiology, Fashion Merchandising, and Ecology programs (nationally ranked 12th, 14th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $44,604 per year, Seattle Pacific University is rather costly. 59.29% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to make about $49,100 per year, which is 18% greater than the national median.

Seattle, WA

https://spu.edu

B-

Rating

91%

Acceptance

4,071

Students

#625

Ranking

$44,604

Tuition

Ball State University

#15 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Ball State University is a very large public university located in Muncie, IN ranked 20th in Indiana. It has a total of 17,845 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 76.71% of applicants. Ball State University offers 316 different majors and is best known for its Family Systems, Pre-Dentistry Studies, and Pre-Law Studies programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,358 for students from Indiana and $26,138 for those from out-of-state, Ball State University is somewhat moderately pricey. 57.65% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate approximately $41,100 per year, which is 1% under the national median.

Muncie, IN

www.bsu.edu

C+

Rating

77%

Acceptance

25,199

Students

#795

Ranking

$26,138

Tuition

Marymount University

#16 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Marymount University is a small private institution located in Arlington, VA ranked 24th in Virginia. It has a total of 2,666 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 81.01% of applicants. Marymount University offers 63 different majors and is best known for its Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Design, and Interior Design programs (nationally ranked 16th, 27th, and 36th respectively). With an annual tuition of $32,100 per year, Marymount University is reasonably pricey. 51.75% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home near $53,600 per year, which is 29% above the national median.

Arlington, VA

https://www.marymount.edu

C+

Rating

81%

Acceptance

4,055

Students

#754

Ranking

$32,100

Tuition

Dominican University

#17 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Dominican University is a small private institution located in River Forest, IL ranked 30th in Illinois. It has a total of 2,263 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 64.34% acceptance rate. Dominican University offers 95 different majors and is best known for its Natural Sciences, Pre-Medical Studies, and Commercial and Advertising Art programs (nationally ranked 8th, 11th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $33,950 per year, Dominican University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 58.15% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home around $47,100 per year, which is 13% greater than the national median.

River Forest, IL

www.dom.edu/

C+

Rating

64%

Acceptance

3,506

Students

#721

Ranking

$33,950

Tuition

Northwood University

#18 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Northwood University is a small private business school located in Midland, MI ranked 16th in Michigan. It has a total of 3,546 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting nearly 7/9ths of applicants. Northwood University offers 31 different majors and is best known for its Fashion Merchandising, Business Administration and Management, and Advertising programs (nationally ranked 18th, 31st, and 40th respectively). With an annual tuition of $26,690 per year, Northwood University is somewhat moderately costly. 51.9% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate about $48,900 per year, which is 18% over the national median.

Midland, MI

www.northwood.edu

C+

Rating

79%

Acceptance

4,080

Students

#774

Ranking

$26,690

Tuition

Long Island University

#19 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Long Island University is a large private institution located in Brookville, NY ranked 84th in New York. It has a total of 11,530 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 80.09% of applicants. Long Island University offers 323 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Occupational Therapy programs (nationally ranked 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $36,452 per year, Long Island University is rather pricey. 40.15% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home close to $49,000 per year, which is 18% over the national median.

Brookville, NY

www.liu.edu

C+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

17,703

Students

#758

Ranking

$36,452

Tuition

Kent State University at Kent

#22 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Kent State University at Kent is a very large public university located in Kent, OH ranked 68th in Ohio. It has a total of 25,878 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 85.54% acceptance rate. Kent State University at Kent offers 330 different majors and is best known for its Teaching English as a Second Language, Commercial and Advertising Art, and Science Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 14th, 19th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,602 for students from Ohio and $19,478 for those from out-of-state, Kent State University at Kent is moderately priced. 40.06% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn roughly $38,000 per year, which is 9% below the national median.

Kent, OH

www.kent.edu

C

Rating

86%

Acceptance

33,013

Students

#1485

Ranking

$19,478

Tuition

Texas State University

#23 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Texas State University is a very large public college located in San Marcos, TX ranked 31st in Texas. It has a total of 37,378 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 81.13% acceptance rate. Texas State University offers 204 different majors and is best known for its Manufacturing Engineering, Family and Consumer Economics, and Recording Arts Technology programs (nationally ranked 15th, 18th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,052 for students from Texas and $19,868 for those from out-of-state, Texas State University is moderately priced. 57.03% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to draw near $45,700 per year, which is 10% greater than the national median.

San Marcos, TX

www.txstate.edu

C+

Rating

81%

Acceptance

42,780

Students

#814

Ranking

$19,868

Tuition

Lasell University

#25 Best Colleges for Fashion Merchandising

Lasell University is a small private institution located in Newton, MA ranked 51st in Massachusetts. It has a total of 1,732 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 83.65% of applicants. Lasell University offers 50 different majors and is best known for its Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Design, and Legal Studies programs (nationally ranked 25th, 34th, and 47th respectively). With an annual tuition of $35,700 per year, Lasell University is somewhat moderately expensive. 57.5% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, entering the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to make more or less $43,000 per year, which is 4% over the national median.

Newton, MA

www.lasell.edu/

C+

Rating

84%

Acceptance

2,353

Students

#946

Ranking

$35,700

Tuition