Illinois contains thirteen schools that offer fashion merchandising programs. Dominican University, the highest-ranking fashion merchandising school in IL, has a total student population of 3,909 and is the 263rd highest ranked school in America.
Of the 13 fashion merchandising schools in Illinois, only 4 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, School of the Art Institute of Chicago comes out as the most expensive ($38,965/yr), with Joliet Junior College as the lowest recorded at only $4,130/yr.
Fashion Merchandising students from Illinois schools who go on to become fashion merchandisers, fashion designers, fashion models, fashion marketers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 61,280 people working as merchandise displayers and window trimmers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $28,480. Also, Commercial and industrial designers make on average $61,400 per year and there are about 29,170 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Illinois alone, there are 1,280 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average yearly salary of $51,740. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this state earn $28,340/yr and there are 1,920 employed.
Also, within the fashion merchandising schools in Illinois, the average student population is 3,360 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1. Aside from fashion merchandising, there are 7983 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 2,830 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $7,282, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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