School and Ranking Info
Aspiring fashionistas in the Austin, TX, area have few education and training options. However, there is one high-ranking, public school located 30 miles away that offers an undergraduate program in a fashion area that includes field experiences and internship options.
- Winner: Texas State University in San Marcos enrolls more than 35,500 students a year and is ranked among the top public schools in the West. Its School of Family and Consumer Sciences offers an undergraduate degree program in fashion merchandising.
School Info Chart
|Category||Texas State University - San Marcos|
|Rankings||#50 among Regional Universities in the West;
#12 among Top Public Schools in the West (2015)*
|Location||San Marcos, TX|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $8,060 (in-state), $17,264 (out-of-state)**|
|Fashion Degrees Offered||Bachelor's|
|Fashion Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||77**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class||57%**|
|Noteworthy||School of Family and Consumer Sciences offers annual scholarships for academically eligible undergraduates in need with specific majors or career goals|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.
Texas State University - San Marcos
- Fashion merchandising majors have the chance to study with industry academics and professionals
- Special program features include field experiences, internships, guest speakers and studies abroad
- Fashion Merchandising Development Board provides the undergraduate program with industry support
Texas State University opened its doors in 1903 and offers nearly 200 degree programs through its 12 colleges. The College of Applied Arts is home to the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, which offers fashion-related programs.
The 120-credit Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising features 42 credits of classes directly related to fashion merchandising and marketing, as well as general education courses in accounting, finance and English. Required courses include topics in fashion history, buying principles, consumer behavior and fashion-related economics. In order to understand the financial and managerial side of the field, fashion merchandising majors complete a minor in business administration. Along with the undergraduate fashion merchandising program, the university offers a Master of Science in Merchandising and Consumer Studies.