Kent State's Fashion School Receives Top Badges of Excellence in New Business of Fashion International Report

The world-renowned fashion publication The Business of Fashion recently named Kent State University's School of Fashion Design and Merchandising as one of the best fashion schools in the world for 2019.


After taking a pause in 2018 to reevaluate their approach to fashion school rankings, The Business of Fashion decided to take a new approach in 2019, adopting a new methodology to calculate the top fashion institutions in the world. This year, it gathered a committee of 12 notable global fashion experts and collected data from dozens of fashion educators and students around the world to complete the assessment of the Best Fashion Schools in the World 2019.


In a change from previous years, The Business of Fashion no longer gives numerical rankings for schools but instead honors institutions with Badges of Excellence to recognize a school’s strength in four key areas: Best Overall, Best in Global Influence, Best in Learning Experience and Best in Long-Term Value. The top-performing programs in each category were awarded a Badge of Excellence for that particular section and were shortlisted for inclusion in its list. 


In the undergraduate fashion design category, Kent State's Fashion School was one of 37 schools in 14 countries honored with distinction and received badges in three categories: Best Overall, Best in Learning Experience and Best in Long-Term Value.


In the undergraduate fashion business and management category, the school’s fashion merchandising discipline was honored with badges in all four categories: Best Overall, Best in Global Influence, Best in Learning Experience and Best in Long-Term Value. The school’s merchandising degree was one of only 15 schools in four countries chosen to receive the distinction, and it was one of only three institutions in the world to receive all four badges of honor. 


In addition to the Business of Fashion honors, the school was most recently rated No. 15 in the world internationally and No. 5 in the nation by the fashion news site Fashionista in its 2018 rankings report, adding to the large list of international notoriety the school has received.


Visit The Business of Fashion website for the complete list of the top fashion institutions for 2019. 



Established in 1983 as the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University, the school was named an Ohio Center of Excellence by the state Board of Regents (now the Ohio Department of Higher Education) and is a member institution of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) and National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).


The Fashion School boasts a current enrollment of 1,800 students who are educated across three locations including Rockwell Hall on the Kent Campus, the university’s New York City Studio located in the Garment District and at Kent State Florence in Italy. Additionally, enrolled students have the opportunity to participate in study abroad experiences in Paris, Germany, London, South Korea, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. 


Approximately 90 percent of the school’s graduates find employment in their field in less than a year, and more than 3,000 alumni can be found throughout the industry working for the world’s most recognized brands.


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Media Contact: 
Brittani Peterson, Fashion School, marketing associate,

POSTED: Tuesday, June 04, 2019 03:00 PM
Updated: Monday, February 06, 2023 04:12 AM
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