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Stephens School of Design rises in national Fashion-Schools rankings

June 20, 2017


The Stephens College School of Design has risen three places in the ranks to become the #12 Private Fashion Design School or College in the nation, according to, which released its fifth annual list.

Stephen’s fashion design program also rose nine places to be named #22 nationally and up two places to be recognized as #6 in the Midwest by the national website.

“The newly released rankings show the fashion program at Stephens College continues to increase its global footprint as a fashion school of choice to learn from the best and brightest faculty and practicing professionals,” said Dr. Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Design. “Fashion-Schools looks at curriculum, faculty, staff, facilities, outreach and industry contacts or partnerships and job success rate. Being in the top 20 percent is an honor as each of the schools were to rank who they considered to be the best of the best.”

Among the reasons for the high rankings were study trips to international fashion capitals and opportunities to intern at places such as Escada, Cosmopolitan, Baby Phat and WWD as well as participation in The Collections juried fashion show. 

“I believe the Stephens College fashion program shines because of our involvement or rankings with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund and The Business of Fashion, London,” McMurry said. “Students gain an international perspective of the quickly changing fashion landscape by being part of these organizations and having a diverse faculty with members who are doing international research/projects.

McMurry added that students are also given the opportunity to work one-on-one with industry professionals and faculty who have all worked in the fashion industry.

“Our new Jeannene Booher Fashion Lecture series is providing students and the community a chance to hear from major players, such as Dame Zandra Rhodes, in the world of fashion,” she said.   

Stephens was also recognized by Fashion-Schools for student access to the Historic Costume Museum and Research Library with its 13,000-piece collection.

“The collaboration of fashion programing within the School of Design’s other programs in strategic communication and event and convention management make for a truly real-world, team, collegial experience additionally realized through new initiatives in design thinking embedded in our students’ course of study,” McMurry said. “Our increased rankings, in each of the measured areas, is due to our outstanding faculty who stay abreast of best practices and the global context to train the next generation of fashion leaders.” 

The Stephens College School of Design and its fashion program have also been recognized by The Business of Fashion, London, and The College is considered a Top 381 College by The Princeton Review. 

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