CEOWORLD Names PhilaU a Top Fashion School in Latest Rankings

The annual PhilaU Fashion Show featured a record 420-plus head-to-toe collaborations.

The annual PhilaU Fashion Show featured a record 420-plus head-to-toe collaborations.

Philadelphia University has soared up the rankings in the latest list of Best Fashion Schools in the World by CEOWORLD Magazine.

The publication ranked PhilaU No. 28 globally, a jump of 17 spots, and No. 8 in the United States, a leap of 11 spots. The ranking is based on six performance indicators: academic experience, admission eligibility, placement rate, recruiter feedback, specialization and global reputation.

CEOWORLD developed the rankings using rigorous analytics and incorporating multiple data sources. The publication collected detailed surveys and information from 30,000 students, 32,000 industry professionals and 20,000 recruiters from 46 countries.

“We’re thrilled to see Philadelphia University’s fashion program continue to climb in the rankings,” said Sheila Connelly, director of the fashion design program. “Our industry-focused, real-world collaborative approach prepares our students to be professionals from day one. The feedback we consistently receive from our industry partners is that our students are exceptionally well prepared as they launch their careers. Our new graduate program, the M.S. in fashion design management in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy, is another step forward in our world-class curriculum here at PhilaU.”

Further showing the University’s international reputation in the fashion industry, the undergraduate and graduate fashion programs were recently ranked among the top worldwide, according to the Global Fashion School Rankings 2016 by the Business of Fashion. Overall, PhilaU undergraduate fashion programs ranked 24th and graduate fashion programs ranked 17th in the world.

PhilaU’s award-winning fashion programs include undergraduate programs in fashion design, fashion merchandising and management, textile design, and textile materials technology, and graduate programs in fashion design management, global fashion enterprise, textile design, textile engineering, and textile engineering and sciences.

The annual PhilaU Fashion Show just drew 1,100 people and featured a record 420-plus head-to-toe collaborations among fashion design, textile design, graphic design and industrial design students.

Last year, the University completed work on its $3 million Fashion and Textiles Futures Center, which will advance its innovative and highly regarded fashion and textiles curricula and enhance partnerships with industry leaders to more closely connect students to current and future jobs in an evolving marketplace.

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