Kent State School of Fashion Ranked Top 25 World by Fashionista

The renowned fashion news source, Fashionista, has ranked the Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising as one of the top 25 fashion schools in the world in 2019 according to their recently published rankings.

This year marks a change in the ranking system. In previous years, schools were given numerical rankings from one to 25. In 2018, the School of Fashion was ranked as #5 in the U.S. and #15 in the world. Because each school has their own set of strengths and weaknesses, Fashionista decided to do away with numerical rankings for 2019, and instead listed their top 25 in alphabetical order.

Getting rid of numerical rankings has become a popular trend over the past year. The international fashion publication, Business of Fashion, also did away with numerical rankings and instead awarded various badges of excellence to schools with strong programs. The KSU School of Fashion received seven badges overall for its design and merchandising programs in 2019.

Currently, the School of Fashion is composed of students from 23 countries (including the U.S) who are studying in the design and merchandising programs.  Emma Lyons, a freshman fashion design student from the United Kingdom (U.K), heard about Kent State’s fashion program through one of the international ranking systems.

“I heard about Kent State’s program when I was looking at top-ranked schools around the world. I knew I wanted to study abroad for my degree and the U.S. was my top choice,” said Lyons. “I feel very pleased and proud that I am attending a well-regarded fashion school. I loved the fact that it’s perfectly balanced with the feel of a top dedicated fashion school, while still maintaining the full-college experience. That was what really drew me to Kent over other schools.”

Van Cao, a senior fashion merchandising student from Vietnam, shared a similar sentiment regarding her experience in the program. Said Cao, “I feel proud of my choice to come to Kent. Not only does the program really bring out the strengths in our creativities and teach us how to overcome weaknesses, the school is also a playground for us to express ourselves in every aspect of arts and knowledge.”


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 nearly 2,000 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-away experiences in Paris, Germany, London, South Korea, China 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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POSTED: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 7:01pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 5:23pm