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Stephens Fashion program ranks 14th in the world, according to The Business of Fashion

August 23, 2016

The Stephens College Fashion program is ranked 14th in the world, according to the 2016 edition of the Global Fashion Schools Ranking from The Business of Fashion, London. Stephens’ program also has the only program in the world that ranked in the Top 2 of two of the three BoF survey’s methodology categories: global influence, learning experience and long-term value. The College tied for second in the world for both learning experience and long-term value across B.A. programs.

In its second year, the BoF’s 2016 rankings, released Sunday evening U.S. time, have expanded to include 54 institutions from 17 countries around the world, with more than 10,000 current students and alumni participating in the annual fashion education survey.

Stephens finds itself in the company of other well-known schools, including Central Saint Martins in London, which topped the list; Parsons School of Design in New York; Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology; and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), which ranked 18th in the world behind Stephens College.

“We are honored to once again find ourselves in such prestigious company,” said Dr. Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Design. “Our stellar faculty teach our students in such a way to give them their ‘first job while in college.’ Through our vigorous coursework, students learn to solve human-centered problems to make a difference in the world and tackle creative challenges with real-world implications for success.”

Each year, the Stephens College School of Design brings in over 60 guest speakers from the fashion industry to work alongside, critique and mentor students in fashion. The school also offers students the opportunity to study areas such as apparel studies, communication, events management and marketing.

"After being in the fashion industry for two years, I have realized how well Stephens College prepared me for the industry,” wrote one recent Stephens graduate who was surveyed. “I am qualified for all aspects of the industry, especially design, and feel comfortable competing for top jobs against other design students."

The College is one of only 20 schools nationwide—and the only women’s college—that is a participant in the highly selective Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Education and Professional Development Program, established to assist fashion design students in their academic efforts. The CFDA is the premier, invitation only, association of the top U.S. fashion designers that aims to “strengthen American Fashion in the Global Economy.” Additionally, Stephens is a partner school of the YMA-Fashion Scholarship Fund, a U.S. educational fashion nonprofit that seeks to identify and create career opportunities for young people worldwide. YMA awards $5,000-30,000 scholarships to talented students.

This spring, the Stephens Fashion program was recognized as the #15 Private Fashion Design School or College in the nation, according to Fashion-Schools.org. Stephens’ fashion design program also is ranked #31 program nationally and recognized as #8 in the Midwest by the national website.

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