6/10/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Fashion Merchandising program has been ranked in the top 20 percent of the Fashion Merchandising programs in the United States by Fashion-Schools.org.
“We were informed that our program was listed as one of the top 75 fashion schools in the country,” said Dr. Nancy Morris, associate professor of fashion merchandising. “In the article, ‘Top 75 Fashion Merchandising Schools in the U.S.,’ Ashland University is referenced at No. 39 and is one of the few small private universities to make the list.”
Morris said this recognition puts Ashland’s program “on the map.”
“Ashland University’s Fashion Merchandising program is unique in that it provides students with a strong background in business as well as product knowledge in apparel and fashion,” Morris said. “Students may choose to participate in affiliate programs with the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and the Paris Fashion Institute.
“In addition, students complete fashion industry internships, which prepare them for future careers,” she said.
In preparing this list, Fashion-Schools.org reviewed the program offerings of the more than 200 schools in the U.S. that offer fashion related programs.
“Their goal with this list is to give students who are interested in fashion merchandising a starting point by which they can identify the schools that offer fashion merchandising specific programs,” Morris said. “The criteria they used in making this list included academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, and geographic location.”
Ashland University’s program provides students with many opportunities to express creativity through fashion show presentations, service learning projects and hands-on class assignments such as working with a local entrepreneur to develop a line of tote bags or helping a local clothing boutique owner re-merchandise her store.
“Students at AU work closely with their professors and get to know them well,” Morris said. “Most Fashion Merchandising classes include no more than 18 students, so professors are well familiar with your career goals and interests.”
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.