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Uncommon Majors offered at Ohio’s Colleges – Fashion Design

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Fashion Design Lab at CCAD

For students interested in “Fashion,” the first distinction to make is the difference between majors in “Fashion Design” and “Fashion Merchandising.” Fashion Design focuses on the nuts and bolts of designing and making clothing and accessories (we’re talking sewing machines, patterns, fabric, etc.). Students study fashion sketching and illustration, computer design, pattern making, and fabric selection. It is a very demanding and time consuming major and the Devil is always in the details. Fashion Merchandising, on the other hand, focuses on the skills aligned with the demands of a retail or wholesale fashion/clothing buyer. Students learn about the fashion industry and the attributes of fashion styles and products – their design, manufacture, and distribution. They also may take courses in the Business school such as Marketing and Retail Sales.

Ohio has only four colleges offering majors in Fashion Design: They include one of the best in the country at Kent State University’s “Fashion School” where they offer a BA and BFA in Fashion Design. Not far behind is Columbus College of Art & Design’s program in Fashion Design and University of Cincinnati’s major in Design – Fashion. Finally, Ursuline offers the only adult program in Fashion Design in the state.

Alternatively, there are many programs in Fashion Merchandising in Ohio, with offerings at Kent State University, Ashland University, Bowling Green State University, University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, Ohio State University, University of Akron, and Ursuline College.

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Uncommon Majors Offered at Ohio’s Colleges – Toxicology

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The Toxicology Greenhouse is behind that locked door! We’re dying to get in!

There are only 10 undergraduate Toxicology majors in the United States and one of them is in Ohio! So, what is Toxicology? It’s the study of the effects of poisons on living organisms. The curriculum includes extensive work in chemistry and biology as well as a course sequence specifically in Toxicology. Students ponder such questions as, “why some plants and animals are poisonous; why certain drugs have side effects; and how exposure to certain air pollutants impact human health?” The program is served by a special Greenhouse that grows toxic plants for use in the program. Needless to say, it is kept under lock and key.

Of course, most students majoring in Toxicology don’t plan on becoming toxicologists. Instead, they integrate the required courses for admission to medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, and others (most of those courses are already required) and go on to one or another health science graduate schools. How cool is that?

So, where is this unusual program offered? None other than at our very own Ashland University. It also might interest you that the median salary for a Toxicologist in 2016 was $74,000.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos taken during our last visit to Ashland University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P50KWJFR8v8

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

Trying to do it all: Small liberal arts colleges with professional programs: Ashland University

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Ashland University is a small (2,500 full-time undergraduates), private university located in Ashland, Ohio. Ashland was founded in 1878 and is affiliated with the Brethren Church although Ashland’s faculty and students hail from a wide variety of faiths.

Today, located on a beautiful 135 acre campus, the university offers nearly 70 undergraduate majors and nine pre-professional programs. With Colleges of Business & Economics, Nursing, and Education, Ashland is organized and resourced for strong professional programs in those areas. The education program, which offers pre-K through doctorate level courses/major, is one of the largest among independent and state institutions in Ohio. It is their signature program.

Of course Ashland has more than academics. They also offer 100 student organizations, vibrant athletics, an active Greek system, and plenty of things to do on campus. We liked Ashland and imagine you will too.

If you visit, don’t miss their Toxicology Greenhouse, Geology mineral collection, or learning about the Ashbrook Scholars Program.

Campus Video: Check out our video compilation of photos taken at our last visit to Ashland University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P50KWJFR8v8

About the Author: After touring 60 of the best colleges in Ohio, Dr. Jay, a prior faculty member and dean, founded College Bound Advantage (CBA); a Columbus Ohio college consulting firm. CBA specializes in helping families optimize college selection around 15 “fit factors.” College Bound Advantage serves all of Ohio including Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati metro areas.

In order to purchase a more extensive proprietary “Campus Field Report” on any Ohio college discussed, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

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