Auburn University’s fashion program earns top regional, national rankings

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Auburn University remains among the best fashion merchandising and fashion design schools in the region and country, according to a website devoted to researching fashion schools for students seeking information about programs and careers.

The website,, considers Auburn in 2016 to be the best fashion merchandising school in the South, which includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.

By earning a top regional ranking and placing fourth in the nation among fashion merchandising schools, Auburn bested regional powerhouse, the Savannah College of Art and Design, twice.

Auburn also ranked fourth among public schools for fashion merchandising.

For fashion design, Auburn placed second for the third straight year, behind the Savannah College of Art and Design. Among the top 50 schools in the country, Auburn ranked 12th and fifth among public schools.

At Auburn, the Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management program is offered by the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences in the College of Human Sciences.

Department Head Carol Warfield said Auburn continues to earn high rankings for its fashion program because of “our talented students, dedicated faculty, industry partnerships, internship experiences and the global orientation of our program curriculum.”

No university in the Southeastern Conference is ranked higher than Auburn nationally or regionally in fashion design or fashion merchandising. The University of Georgia was the closest to Auburn’s achievements, finishing third among fashion merchandising schools in the South. Louisiana State University nabbed the number five spot among fashion design schools in the region.

The writers, designers and researchers behind the website began publishing regional and national rankings in 2013 at the request of aspiring fashion designers and merchandisers asking about the best schools in the country, a given state or a particular region. The result also provided students access to ample information so they can make an informed decision about the school and program that best fits their needs.

To prepare its rankings, the website team examined hundreds of schools across the country with fashion design and fashion merchandising on the basis of academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness and geographic location. School surveys were an added factor in 2014.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.