Jefferson Fashion Programs Named Among the World’s Best by Business of Fashion

Jefferson’s undergraduate and graduate fashion programs ranked in the top 10 in the United States, according to the latest Global Fashion School Rankings.

Jefferson’s undergraduate and graduate fashion programs both ranked in the top 10 in the United States, according to the latest Global Fashion School Rankings.

The highly regarded Business of Fashion has ranked the fashion programs at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) among the best in the world.

In the Global Fashion School Rankings 2017, Jefferson’s graduate fashion business program—which includes Global Fashion Enterprise, Strategic Design MBA and Fashion Design Management—ranked No. 3 in the United States and No. 6 internationally; the graduate fashion program—which includes Surface Imaging, Textile Design and Textile Engineering—ranked No. 3 in the United States and No. 23 internationally; and the undergraduate fashion program—which includes Fashion Design, Textile Design, Fashion Merchandising and Management, and Textile Materials Technology—ranked No. 9 in the United States and No. 31 internationally.

“This is the most prestigious fashion ranking in the world,” said Fashion Design program director Sheila Connelly. “Our newly launched MS in Fashion Design Management, in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano, has helped to propel our business-focused graduate programs in the rankings. Our combined collaborative initiatives of design, textiles and commerce are what set us apart as a world-class program.”

Students surveyed praised the quality of the campus buildings and work facilities.

Students surveyed praised the quality of the campus buildings and work facilities.

The Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Rankings aim to provide an objective assessment of the top undergraduate and graduate fashion programs around the world, based on 30 different data points gathered from 73 participating institutions, surveys completed by more than 11,000 students and alumni, feedback from more than 75 human resources professionals, 73 fashion school academics and its own analysis. The rankings are based on three major indicators of quality: global influence, learning experience and long-term value.

Business of Fashion commended the University’s interdisciplinary approach, which includes a strong grounding in business and marketing, as well as sustainability. Students praised Jefferson’s teaching staff highly, citing their accessibility and commitment to student development. Students also were highly content with campus buildings and work facilities, including state-of-the-art weave, knit and print facilities. Ninety-six percent of the undergraduate student body completed internships during their studies.

Jefferson consistently has been named a top fashion program by Business of Fashion and in other prominent rankings. Earlier this fall, Fashionista named the University the seventh best fashion program in the U.S, and in May, CEO World ranked Jefferson as the eighth best fashion program in the U.S. and 28th best globally.

Last fall, the University opened its state-of-the-art $3 million Fashion and Textiles Futures Center to advance its innovative fashion and textiles curricula and enhance partnerships with industry leaders to more closely connect students to current and future jobs in a global and evolving marketplace.

And each year, Jefferson hosts an Annual Fashion Show that features the best of each year’s student designs, many of them collaborations between fashion and textile designers. More than 1,000 students, family members, industry leaders and fashion media representatives attended the April 2017 show. (Save the date for the next Fashion Show on April 26, 2018.)

Read Business of Fashion’s full report on Jefferson here.

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