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Global Fashion School Rankings 2015

Philadelphia University

Philadelphia, United States

Philadelphia is a classical liberal arts university offering fashion-related curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Echoing shifts within the industry, students from related artistic disciplines are required to work together during their studies. The college’s interdisciplinary approach includes a strong grounding in business and marketing, as well as sustainability; in all three categories BA students at Philadelphia were the most satisfied in BoF’s entire student satisfaction survey. Students praised the school’s teaching staff highly, citing their accessibility and commitment to student development. Students were also highly content with campus buildings and work facilities, including state-of-the-art weave, knit and print facilities. 90 percent of the student body complete internships during their studies, according to statistics provided by the school.

Select Year

16th

Undergraduate, Fashion Ranking 2015

Full-time fashion students

706

International students

9%

Student : Teacher ratio

15:1

Tuition: Domestic/intl

$36k/$36k

Acceptance rate

63%

50% for Fashion Design, 72% for Fashion Merchandising

Graduation Rate

71%

Courses Offered

Undergraduate:
Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising and Management, Textile Design, Textile Materials Technology

10th

Graduate, Fashion Ranking 2015

Full-time fashion students

137

International students

29%

Student : Teacher ratio

14:1

Tuition: Domestic/intl

$34k/$34k

Acceptance rate

80%

Graduation Rate

71%

Courses Offered

Graduate:
M.S. in Global Fashion Enterprise, M.S. in Textile Design, M.S. in Textile Engineering, Ph.D. in Textile Engineering and Sciences

Student & Alumni Comments

"Philadelphia University is a great school that has opened so many doors for my future career in the fashion industry. It has given me the chance to intern at fashion week, get hands-on experience in the industry, and make connections with people who could one day be my employers."

Alumni

"I do wish I had more experience in the real world. I wish there were more classes dealing with start-up companies and guidance for internships. I did not feel that I was fully prepared for the real world after my undergraduate degree, so I am currently getting my MBA at Philadelphia University, where I am hoping to get more out of my classes."

Alumni

"Very engaging and interactive classes with professors. Classes are small in number with a diverse student body, creating a positive learning environment. Sustainability is extremely important in all courses."

Alumni

"I am having an incredible experience at Philadelphia University. I am excited that my programme allows me to choose my specialisations based on my intended career path. I am also very impressed with the career services, as I have already had three internships as a rising junior. I am excited about our study abroad programme; I can't wait to study in Rome next semester. I think the balance of business and fashion classes is crucial to becoming a successful professional in the fashion industry."

Alumni

"Philadelphia University has an incredibly talented and helpful fashion design faculty that listens to your vision and helps you improve upon it. I'm a much more confident and forwards driven individual because of this school."

Alumni

"Philadelphia University prepared me well for all areas of textile design: surface design, woven technology, knit technology, dyeing, and testing. It also helped me prepare an extremely strong portfolio and develop interviewing skills."

Alumni

Full Undergraduate, Fashion Ranking

The Business of Fashion's global fashion school rankings aim to provide an objective assessment of the top undergraduate and graduate fashion programmes around the world.

Full Graduate, Fashion Ranking

The Business of Fashion's global fashion school rankings aim to provide an objective assessment of the top undergraduate and graduate fashion programmes around the world.