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Stephens’ Fashion program rakes in more national recognition

June 15, 2016


The Stephens College School of Design has been recognized as the #15 Private Fashion Design School or College in the nation, according to, which released its fourth annual list this week. Stephens’ fashion design program was also named the #31 program nationally and recognized as #8 in the Midwest by the national website.

“Our talented faculty have worked hard to provide a quality curriculum that ensures our students have the strong technical skills, career preparedness, broad industry understanding and exposure to the industry—through an extensive list of guest speakers as well as trips to fashion capitals—that will lead to career success,” said Dr. Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Design. “We’re pleased to be honored among such impressive peer schools and to be recognized for the hard work and commitment we bring to our long-standing Fashion Design program.

Industry field trips are one reason Stephens ranks high among fashion schools nationally, McMurry said.

“Our faculty are also a huge part of why we rank so highly,” she added. “They provide industry-based projects and boast industry work experience and educational training.”

Stephens was specifically recognized for trips to international fashion capitals, the range of quality internships students pursue, the opportunity to participate in the The Collections juried fashion show, and access to the Historic Costume Museum and Research Library with its 13,000-piece collection.

The Stephens College School of Design and its Fashion programs have also been recognized by the Business of Fashion, London, and The College is considered a Top 380 College by The Princeton Review. 

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