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Global Fashion School Rankings 2015

Stephens College

Columbia, United States

Established in 1833, Stephens College is a liberal arts university located in Columbia, Missouri. A women’s college, its school of design offers undergraduate courses in design, product, communications, marketing and management. Both the teaching staff and student body were held in high regard by current students. The majority of students receive some type of financial aid, and the college’s courses in marketing and business scored the highest in our student survey, while its teaching on sustainability was ranked third. All students are required to complete an internship during their studies; in addition, fashion design undergraduates receive mentorship from a working fashion designer. Careers services scored above average and, even though the alumni network may not be global, it is active and accessible. 89 percent of graduates surveyed had found employment within the industry within six months.

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Undergraduate, Fashion Ranking 2015

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Bachelor of Arts in Apparel Studies, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Communication, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Product Development, Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing and Management

Student & Alumni Comments

"It gave me wonderful, real-world experience and fully prepared me for a career in buying in the fashion industry. As a women's college, it also gave me confidence and excellent communication and public speaking skills."


"Stephens College was definitely a campus that never slept; late nights in labs and studios are what it takes to succeed there. Faculty and alumni connections are strong. I never thought I could learn so much about fashion & other creative industries without having to leave the Midwest!"


"I think that we have not seen the big names come from Stephens in comparison to larger schools because instead of fostering the intensely creative, and releasing them into that environment, it prepares women for reasonable tech and design jobs at corporations."


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