Fort Wayne, IN (population: 253,250) has three fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Bowling Green State University-Main Campus, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 17,309. It is the 254th highest ranked school in the USA and the 12th highest in the state of Ohio (#1 is Ohio State University-Main Campus).
Fashion Merchandising students from Fort Wayne 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.
Fort Wayne lies in Allen county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Fort Wayne area has 203,450 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $18.72/hr average worker wage, and a $38,930 average annual salary.
Of the 3 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Fort Wayne, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of Indianapolis comes out as the most expensive ($22,430/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Bowling Green State University-Main Campus as the lowest, reported at only $15,499/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Fort Wayne|
|North Manchester||IN||-||1||55.0629||70||33.1 miles|
|Notre Dame||IN||-||1||49.129||10||72.1 miles|
|South Bend||IN||103,173||4||21.2634||164||72.3 miles|
|Spring Arbor||MI||-||1||60.8655||91||84.2 miles|
|Battle Creek||MI||51,817||3||15.2077||137||85.2 miles|
|Concord Twp||OH||-||1||37.8234||22||92.5 miles|