Fashion Merchandising Top Rank

Fashion merchandising program puts Texas A&M-Kingsville in top rankings

KINGSVILLE - June 11, 2013

Contact: Julie Navejar or 361-593-2590

The website has awarded the fashion merchandising concentration within the human sciences major at Texas A&M University-Kingsville an honor by ranking them in the top 10 fashion schools in the Southwest. The program contained in the human sciences department ranked 10th out of schools considered from Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Nevada.

“I am very proud of all our students and faculty for their hard work and dedication. They are a large part of the reason we earned this honor,” said Dr. Kathleen Rees, Regents Professor and chair of the human sciences department.

“This will give some quality assurance to prospective students who are considering coming to Texas A&M-Kingsville as they make their choice. They can make their choice knowing an outside organization thinks highly of us,” Rees said. “It is an honor for us to be ranked in the same category as University of Texas and Baylor University, who were ranked first and second.”

“This shows the dedication of our faculty and students in our fashion merchandising program,” said Dr. Allen Rasmussen, dean of the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences. “This is a small program, but they have a big impact. Our students and faculty do a tremendous job looking beyond their horizons. They go to distant areas like Spain, London, Shanghai, New York and Los Angeles to gather new ideas that they bring back to Kingsville to make our program better.”

In addition to the regional ranking, Texas A&M-Kingsville ranked in the top 75 fashion merchandising schools in the United States, alongside internationally known schools like the top-ranked Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Kent State University, Drexel University, Oregon State University and University of Delaware.

The criteria considered in ranking the fashion merchandising programs included academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of program and faculty and geographic location.

The fashion merchandising program is growing, Rees said, and she hopes this ranking, along with the exposure the students get during their internships and competition sponsored by Fashion Group International in Dallas, will make it grow more.

For more information on the fashion merchandising program, call 361-593-2211 or visit           

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