Normal, IL (population: 53,432) has three fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Olivet Nazarene University, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 4,666. It is the 2203rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 77th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University).
Fashion Merchandising students from Normal 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.
Normal lies in McLean county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Bloomington-Normal area has 85,960 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 8% unemployment rate, $21/hr average worker wage, and a $44,280 average annual salary.
Of the 3 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Normal, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Westwood College-Dupage comes out as the most expensive ($21,954/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Joliet Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $4,130/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Normal|
|East Peoria||IL||-||2||21.1433||95||32.1 miles|
|Sugar Grove||IL||-||1||14.036||67||90.6 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||93.7 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||95.9 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||96.3 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||98.6 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||99.5 miles|