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Global Fashion School Rankings 2017

Cornell University, College of Human Ecology

Ithaca, United States

Cornell University's College of Human Ecology offers fashion design, management and fibre science courses at its Ithaca campus in New York. Additionally, students at the Ivy League school are able to take advantage of the wide variety of courses across media, law and advertising to supplement their fashion studies. Overall, Cornell students were some of the most satisfied in our survey in regards to the student body. Students were generally satisfied with the quality of marketing, business and sustainability curriculum and 89 percent of survey respondents said they were satisfied with the technical skills courses. Resources available to them were also highly regarded - receiving over 95 percent satisfaction across the board. However, despite the university's international status, the fashion school lacks the global reputation to draw high levels of HR recruitment. Only 52 percent of students were satisfied with the quality of recruiters at the school, and 71 percent believed they were prepared to enter the industry after completing their studies.


Undergraduate, Fashion Ranking 2017

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BS Fashion Design Management - Fashion Design; BS Fashion Design Management - Management

Student & Alumni Comments

"At Cornell, I have the benefit of not only pursuing my love of fashion, but also of taking advantage of the opportunities an Ivy League university provides. I've been able to take courses in management, hospitality, media and communications, and even law; all of these courses have enhanced my studies and have made me aware of the opportunities in fashion beyond traditional marketing or PR."


"Cornell is a great school with vast resources. The Human Ecology building is a dream-come-true workspace for any fashion student complete with high-quality equipment and advanced technologies. The small classes guarantee a close relationship between professor and students. "


"I left my school with a very strong base in terms of technical skills, where concept-based work was more self-driven, but strongly supported. Studio classes coupled with rigorous academic courses only lent so much time to spend on studio projects within four years. Though this was challenging, I know I have received a very well rounded education and can bring a unique perspective to the industry."


"The programme is not in sync enough with the industry when compared to FIT/Parsons/RISD. However, the quality of the student body is unbelievable and this is the true value of the university, including alumni network. Breadth of curriculum offers diverse opportunities and the ability to supplement design education with business knowledge and historical background."


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