Rankings and Affiliations

National and International Rankings

The Kent State University School of Fashion is consistently rated among the best fashion institutions in the U.S. and worldwide. We have compiled a range of fashion-specific surveys that rank us alongside our national and international peer institutions. Follow each link to learn more about the survey and its methodology:


  • #1 Fashion Design School in the Midwest
  • #3 Fashion Merchandising School in the Midwest
  • #10 Fashion Design School in the U.S. 
  • #14 Fashion Merchandising School in the U.S.
  • #9 Fashion Design and Merchandising Public School in the U.S.

Business of Fashion 


  • Ranked Top 25 in the world

CEO World

  • #6 in the U.S.
  • #21 in the world

College Choice

  • #5 Best Fashion Graduate Program in U.S. 

Additionally, Kent State University ranks in the top tier of American universities according to U.S. News and World Report, and received the highest possible rankings as an LGTBQ-friendly campus.

Institutional Affiliations

The Kent State University School of Fashion has been designated an Ohio Center of Excellence by the state Board of Regents 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).