AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University is ranked among the best fashion design, merchandising and management schools in the region and country in 2014, according to a website devoted to researching fashion schools for students seeking information about programs and careers.
Nationally, www.fashion-schools.org lists Auburn as the fifth best school for fashion management, sixth for fashion merchandising and 12th for fashion design. In the South – which the website defines as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas – Auburn is the number one school for fashion merchandising and the number two school for fashion design.
No university in the Southeastern Conference is ranked higher than Auburn nationally or regionally. The University of Georgia is the only conference rival that comes close, finishing second in the list of Top 15 fashion merchandising schools in the South.
The writers, designers and researchers behind the website began publishing regional and national rankings in 2013 at the request of aspiring fashion designers and merchandisers asking about the best schools in the country, a given state or a particular region. The result also provides students access to ample information so they can make an informed decision about the school and program that best fits their needs.
Auburn’s Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management program in the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences in the College of Human Sciences improved in every national ranking from 2013 to 2014. The most significant improvement was in the list of the country’s top 75 fashion design schools. Auburn rose from 20th in 2013 to 12th in 2014.
Carol Warfield, head of the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences, attributed the progress to a dedicated commitment to highly qualified faculty, talented and motivated students, and partnerships with firms throughout the fashion industry.
To prepare its rankings, the website team examined more than 200 schools across the country with fashion programs on the basis of academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, value and geographic location. School surveys were an added factor in 2014.
(Written by Amy Weaver.)