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Global Fashion School Rankings 2016

Marist College

Poughkeepsie, United States

Marist College’s main campus is set on 180 acres alongside the Hudson River in New York, with a portal campus in Florence and partner study abroad locations in 26 countries. With close proximity to New York City, students have the opportunity to be involved and volunteer at New York Fashion Week, as well as take advantage of almost 500 internship partnerships in the city. Students in our survey rated their work placements above average compared to other schools in our survey. Noted areas for improvement include gender and international diversity, which students expressed they were dissatisfied with. According to the school, 97 percent of the student cohort is female. Students graded the school’s course offerings highly across the board and almost 80 percent of students surveyed found a job within 6 months of graduating. Our student and alumni comments identified the school’s strength in providing a comprehensive education across various different modes of the fashion industry, and reacted positively to their close connections to tutors and teachers.

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Undergraduate, Fashion Ranking 2016

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BA Fashion Design, BA Fashion Merchandising

Student & Alumni Comments

"I chose Marist for its incredible study abroad programme and I've been lucky enough to study abroad twice in Europe. The school is small enough that you really get to know your professors. They also have such great connections to the industry and I am very certain that without Marist I would not have been able to secure the internship that I have for this summer."


"I love the Fashion programme at Marist. The teachers are great, the tools that they use to teach us are great. I am learning so much from the fashion classes, especially ones like fashion show production where we get to produce our own fashion show and retail entrepreneurship where we get to run our own boutique."


"For such a small school and even smaller fashion programme, Marist College gives students the best possible opportunities that they can provide. The programme is constantly developing and changing, to provide better facilities, classes and opportunities."


"The fashion programme at Marist is unparalleled. It is immersive, giving students both knowledge and experience in business, marketing, design, product development, fashion history, accounting, economics, buying, mathematics, retail and digital programming."


"Marist offers a very rigorous curriculum that allows students to excel. The programme is small giving you a great deal of one-on-one time with the professor and alone time in the work rooms. Marist set me up to succeed by teaching me how to be a good designer and even better employee."


"Throughout my four years there, I've seen knowledgable professors be let go due to internal politics, even though they were the ones who encouraged their students to grow and expand. The department is more focused on making a name for themselves in this area than actually helping the students that are in the programme. They discourage people who want to specialise or even explore a certain design direction (menswear, childrenswear, intimate apparel etc), tossing it off as "pigeon-holing" yourself into a dead end."


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