Fashion-Schools.org has ranked Colorado State University's Department of Design and Merchandising 30th in the country in the fashion merchandising category and 30th nationally for fashion design. CSU was ranked second in the Southwest region in both fields. Rankings are based on academic reputation; admission selectivity; geographic location; depth and breadth of the program and faculty; and value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness.
Program highlights include national and international Study Tours to New York City, Hong Kong, Thailand, India and England, special projects with the Denver Merchandise Mart—located just 65 miles away in the City of Denver, and participation in the Textile and International Apparel Association Fashion Show. Internship opportunities are also on the menu and may include work with Betsy Johnson, Diane Von Furstenberg, Miss Sixty, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Ralph Lauren are just a few.