Drexel University

Drexel University building interior. Photo: Courtesy of Drexel University

Drexel University building interior. Photo: Courtesy of Drexel University

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


Undergraduate: Fashion Design; Design and Merchandising

Graduate: Fashion Design; Retail and Merchandising

Annual Tuition: 

Undergraduate: $50,874

Graduate: $1,265 per credit hour

Famous Alumni: Carole Hochman (CEO, Naked Brands), Adriana Galijasevic (denim and sustainability expert, G Star Raw) Gail Onorato (divisional president and global brand leader at Ralph Lauren)

Companies that recruit from this school, according to the school: Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Urbn, Macy's, TJX Companies, Lilly Pulitzer, Abercrombie & Fitch, J.Crew, Under Armour, Komar Brands/Carole Hochman Division

New programs and partnerships of note:

  • Master of Science dual degree in Design Research and Fashion Design
  • Online Master of Science in Retail and Merchandising Fashion Design
  • Research and Curriculum Partnership with Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea
  • Intensive study abroad in Seoul, Korea
  • Shima Seiki knit studio with two Shimatronic Computerized Knitting Machines and multiple Apex Design Systems for Knit Digital Design, Woven Digital Design & Digital Patternmaking
  • SOLEcial Studies: an integrated study of athletic footwear design and retail industry with Sean Williams

Enrollment: 382

Growth in Enrollment Since 2017: 7.7%

Graduation Rate: 79%

Class Size: 20 students

Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1

Classes are Taught in: English

Percentage of International Students: 10%

What the Students Say:

"Drexel provides you the opportunity to work six months in the fashion industry mid-college career, which helps you figure out which career path is the best for you. The fast, 10-week quarter system really shapes you to get into the mindset of the real-life pace of the industry. Professors come from a variety of backgrounds and are extremely encouraging and supporting."

"The best thing Drexel taught me was how to succeed in a fast-pace environment. Ten-week quarters are not easy, but not impossible; adjusting to the industry pace while on co-op was easy because of it."

"The co-op program will help you as long as you take it seriously and you go after what you want and you work hard and have an open attitude about it."

"It's a great program, but the quarter system can make things intense sometimes."

Xiaohe Peng's 2018 Grad Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Drexel University

Xiaohe Peng's 2018 Grad Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Drexel University

The Bottom Line: Many students here have won national and international awards, and gone on to study at the Chambre Syndicale and nab huge jobs jobs internationally. Though tuition is expensive, the proximity to New York City means that school-year internships aren't out of the question; in fact, they're encouraged. The school's co-op program means you can take six months out of school to do a paid internship. There's also a study-abroad partnership with London College of Fashion, as well as a new one in Seoul with Sungkyunkwan University.

More Info: www.drexel.edu 

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Last updated December 2018.