Alberta, VA has three fashion merchandising schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Commonwealth University, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion merchandising program, has a total student population of 32,172. It is the 222nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Virginia (#1 is Washington and Lee University).
Fashion Merchandising students from Alberta 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.
Alberta lies in Brunswick county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area has 68,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.5% unemployment rate, $15.53/hr average worker wage, and a $32,290 average annual salary.
Of the 3 fashion merchandising schools with a 100-mile radius of Alberta, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Meredith College comes out as the most expensive ($21,466/yr) for fashion merchandising students, with Virginia Commonwealth University as the lowest, reported at only $15,907/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Alberta|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||56.2 miles|
|Rocky Mount||NC||57,428||2||10.9274||84||62.8 miles|
|Newport News||VA||182,057||4||29.3064||58||77.5 miles|
|Chapel Hill||NC||53,800||1||88.0971||148||91.2 miles|