Top 25 In the World
#5 Fashion Graduate Program in the USA
#1 Fashion Design and Merchandising School in the Midwest

See How KSU Fashion Ranks Worldwide!

At the Kent State University School of Fashion, we revel in the creativity and confidence of our students.

We believe you should be able to showcase your talent, which is why our fashion design and merchandising majors have the chance to apply their skills and innovation in real-world settings. This authentic experience has earned the school a consistent ranking among the best fashion programs in the world.

40th Anniversary Fashion


In 2023 we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Kent State University’s Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, the research-led teaching institution that fosters industry excellence and is grounded in real-world industry experience.


60+ scholarship opportunities available for current freshmen through senior-level students in design and merchandising. View our entire list of scholarships and criteria!

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  • Fashion/Tech Hackathon

    Fashion/Tech Hackathon

    The annual Fashion/Tech Hackathon is a dynamic, cross-circular event allowing teams of students from all across the U.S. and Canada, to learn new skills and create innovative technology that will help define the future of fashion.

  • Annual Fashion Show

    Annual Fashion Show

    The 2023 Kent State Annual Fashion Show, presented by Dillard's, will take place April 26 - 29, 2023 in the Student Center Ballroom on the Kent Campus of Kent State University. Join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the School of Fashion and highlight the extraordinary talent and creativity of our fashion design and merchandising students. 

  • School of Fashion Hall of Fame

    School of Fashion Hall of Fame

    Since 1989, this prestigious award celebrates the outstanding contribution to fashion made by an individual. The accolade honors the unique qualities of their leadership. It champions the aspiration and inspiration they and their business of fashion offer the next generation of fashion graduates at Kent State.