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Kent State University

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KSU was established in 1910 as a teacher-training school. Since that time, it has grown into one of the largest public universities in Ohio with nearly 30,000 students involved in over 300 degree programs offered on its main campus. Known nationally for its famous “Fashion School,” KSU offers one of only five Fashion Design majors in Ohio as well as a solid Fashion Merchandising program (see our prior blog on Fashion majors). Rockwell Hall is the home of  KSU’s Fashion Museum – check it out.  KSU also has one of the largest undergraduate Nursing programs in the country with a number of graduate Nursing program options including Nurse Practitioner. Other signature programs include Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Accounting (and other AACSB accredited business majors), Construction Management, Architecture, Computer Science, and others.

In May, 1970, students protesting the bombing of Cambodia by United States military forces clashed with the Ohio National Guard on the KSU campus. When the Guardsmembers shot and killed four students on May 4, the Kent State shootings became the focal point of a nation deeply divided by the Vietnam War. Today visitors to campus can tour a museum dedicated to this piece of our collective history. Students can even choose to major in their nationally recognized Applied Conflict Management program housed in the Center for Applied Conflict Management dedicated to the events of 1970.

Beyond academics, KSU offers students over 400 student organizations and a wide variety of activities across the academic year. KSU has a two-year residence requirement for entering freshmen (unless their families live close). Today over 80% of freshmen live on campus. There are over 20 dining options on campus and KSU is know for its great food! Division I NCAA athletics (the Golden Flashes you know) as well as plenty of Club Sports and Intramural sports are also available. If you haven’t seen KSU lately, it’s worth a visit – you’ll be impressed.

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 for only $10, click here: https://collegeboundadvantage.com/campus-field-report-access/

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/

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