Charlottesville, VA (population: 41,429) has three fashion schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Virginia Commonwealth University, the highest ranked school in this group with a fashion 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 students from Charlottesville schools who go on to become fashion professionals, fashion merchandisers, marketers, fashion models, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 15,780 people working as fashion designers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $74,410. Also, Merchandise displayers and window trimmers make on average $28,480 per year and there are about 61,280 of them employed in the US today.
Charlottesville lies in Charlottesville county, which is one of the 61 counties in Virginia. Overall, the Charlottesville area has 93,180 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.9% unemployment rate, $20.99/hr average worker wage, and a $43,660 average annual salary.
Of the 3 fashion schools with a 100-mile radius of Charlottesville, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Marymount University comes out as the most expensive ($19,783/yr) for fashion 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 Charlottesville|
|Highland Springs||VA||-||1||3.25189||0||72.1 miles|
|Falls Church||VA||-||1||13.4471||18||92.2 miles|