West Lafayette, IN has five 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 West Lafayette 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.
West Lafayette lies in Tippecanoe county, which is one of the 39 counties in Indiana. Overall, the Lafayette area has 82,320 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.4% unemployment rate, $18.49/hr average worker wage, and a $38,460 average annual salary.
Of the 5 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of West Lafayette, 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 Joliet Junior College as the lowest, reported at only $4,130/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from West Lafayette|
|Terre Haute||IN||60,269||5||28.5376||204||70.7 miles|
|North Manchester||IN||-||1||55.0629||70||71.8 miles|
|University Park||IL||-||2||26.7847||216||81.0 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||83.8 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||88.5 miles|
|Michigan City||IN||-||1||15.3669||17||88.7 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||89.1 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||91.8 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||92.4 miles|
|South Bend||IN||103,173||4||21.2634||164||92.9 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||94.2 miles|