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University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati. Photo: iStock

University of Cincinnati. Photo: iStock

Location: Cincinatti, Ohio, USA

Programs: Fashion Design (combined with Product Development)

Annual Tuition:
Undergraduate: $11,660 in-state, $26,994 out of state
Graduate: $14,468 in-state, $26,210 out of state

Famous Alumni:
Stan Herman (former CFDA president), David Meister, Jay Ott

New Partnerships and Programs of Note:

  • New Fashion Technology Center with labs equipped with innovative technology dedicated to computer-aided design, textile innovation and apparel production

Acceptance Rate: 59%

Graduation Rate: 68%

Job Placement Rate: 35.2%

What the Students Say:

"I have been able to do five internships throughout my five years of school. I feel very prepared to start working once I graduate. I have been able to make a lot of connections through our co-op program."

"The University of Cincinnati, school of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, is an amazing place to get your foot in the door of large fashion corporations. The school prepares you for your future in the industry by making internships mandatory, this has you finish school with five internships."

"Literally the only good thing is the co-op program." 

"An amazing design school and it's one of the best choices I have ever made. Bonus: public school tuition for private design school quality!"

The Bottom Line: While this isn't the most elite design school and its graduation and job placement rates are relatively low, it's famous for its unique co-op program that includes five semesters of work study, which means students have plenty of real-world experience before graduation. It was also one of the few public universities to make our list, and is one of the most affordable, especially if you're an Ohio resident.

More Info:

The 25 Best Fashion Schools in the World in 2019: See the full list.

Last updated December 2019.