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Stephens fashion program is in Top 5 in U.S., according to Business of Fashion

August 23, 2015

The Stephens College fashion program is among the Top 5 in the U.S., according to new international rankings from The Business of Fashion, London.

The news website is a respected leader in the fashion industry and includes a network of writers and fashion insiders from style capitals around the world.

Stephens' program also ranked No. 1 for long-term value across B.A. programs and is the 13th best in the world.

BoF’s first-ever rankings, released Sunday evening U.S. time, include 21 schools with Central Saint Martins in London topping the list; Parsons The New School for Design, Fashion Institute of Technology and London College of Fashion coming in the top 10, and other well-known schools such as Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology falling behind Stephens at 15th and 18th respectively.

“The company in which we find ourselves in this list is truly staggering,” said Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Design. “We know we have a strong, industry-focused fashion program here at Stephens, and it’s wonderful to be acknowledged and recognized by such a prestigious entity.”

The ranking comes on the heels of another major achievement for the fashion program. This summer, Stephens officially became a member school within the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

CFDA is a 400-plus member trade organization that offers scholarship and networking opportunities to students from a highly selective pool of colleges.

CFDA invited Stephens to participate in scholarship contests two years ago; then, representatives from the organization visited campus to get a better feel for the program. Additionally, Stephens faculty have been part of the CFDA Educational Symposiums for the past couple of years.

Currently, 18 other colleges, including SCAD, Parsons and FIT, are participating CFDA schools. This past school year, the fashion program also was included on’s list of Top 50 Fashion Schools in the World.

Learn about Stephens' fashion degrees here.


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