Top School in Indianapolis for Merchandising Training

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The sole school in the Indianapolis, IN, area that offers a program in merchandising is a for-profit school. However, there is a high-ranking national public school located 50 miles from downtown Indianapolis that offers an undergraduate program in apparel merchandising.

  • Winner: Indiana University in Bloomington is the flagship school of the state university system. Through the university's College of Arts and Sciences, undergraduates can earn a bachelor's degree in apparel merchandising while acquiring the professional skills used in the clothing and retail industries.

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Category Indiana University - Bloomington
Rankings #76 among National Universities;
#30 among Top Public Schools (2015)*
Location Bloomington, IN
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $10,209 (in-state);
$32,350 (out-of-state)**
Merchandising Degrees Offered Bachelor's
Apparel and Merchandising Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 128**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 77%**

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.

Indiana University - Bloomington

  • Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design offers scholarships to eligible students
  • Apparel merchandising students can pursue supervised internships
  • Relevant extracurricular activities include the Retail Studies Student Organization (RSSO)
  • Annual Retail and Design Forum exposes students to industry issues and leaders

The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college within Indiana University and is home to the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design. All undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences must fulfill a 2-course cultural studies requirement; semester-long study abroad programs may serve as a substitute.

The Bachelor of Science in Apparel Merchandising curriculum focuses on merchandising and how it relates to retail environments. Students develop an understanding of the retail cycle through lecture, lab and studio courses in store and visual merchandising, customer profiling, sales strategies and sourcing. Individual course topics include analysis and planning, merchandising math and software, the relationship between merchandising and sustainability and retail product management. Undergraduates must also complete a minor in business or fashion design. In addition to the major in apparel merchandising, the department offers a 15-credit minor in the same field of study.

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