Indianapolis, IN (population: 803,930) has two fashion merchandising schools within its city limits. Harrison College-Indianapolis, the highest ranked school in the city with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 2,424. It is the 4926th highest ranked school in the USA and the 102nd highest in the state of Indiana (#1 is Indiana University-Bloomington).
Fashion Merchandising students from Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis-Carmel area alone, there are 330 employed commercial and industrial designers earning an average salary of $49,860. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers in this area earn $26,560/yr and there are 410 employed.
Indianapolis lies in Marion county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Indianapolis-Carmel area has 870,660 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.5% unemployment rate, $20.15/hr average worker wage, and a $41,900 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.475 out of every 1000 jobs in Indianapolis are held by merchandise displayers and window trimmers, and 0.378/1000 are held by commercial and industrial designers.
Of the 2 fashion merchandising schools in Indianapolis, none have 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 Harrison College-Indianapolis as the lowest, reported at only $15,076/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Indianapolis|
|West Lafayette||IN||-||1||78.6553||122||60.0 miles|
|Terre Haute||IN||60,269||5||28.5376||204||68.9 miles|
|North Manchester||IN||-||1||55.0629||70||86.8 miles|
|Crestview Hills||KY||-||1||24.073||65||98.5 miles|