North Dakota is another cold state offering just one fashion school with a 4-year bachelor’s degree in fashion design & merchandising. That would be at the North Dakota State University - a public 4-year school.
North Dakota State University has a reciprocity agreement for Minnesota residents. This means Minnesota residents can pay lower fees like North Dakota residents. Similarly, lower fees are also available to Montana, South Dakota, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan Residents.
Now let’s take a look at the school.
First things first. Let's start with a treat...
Who better to tell us about NDSU that someone who has actually graduated from there and created a successful career?
Let’s meet our graduate.
Graduated: Class of 1990
Degree: Apparel, Retail Merchandising & Design
Current: Director at Creative Capital Design and Founder & Chief Editor at InsideFashionDesign.net
North Dakota State University - NDSU for short - has a mid-size campus in an urban setting.
In the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Interior Design, and Hospitality Management, NDSU offers the
The program splits into two options of apparel and merchandising.
The good: 93% of reviews were positive simply calling the school a great place to study.
The bad: The cold, that the school was football oriented – and that left non-sport students feeling a little neglected - and no financial aid for out of state or out of neighboring state students.
But when I reached out to NDSU directly and asked about financial aid, I was told in an email by Admission Counselor Cory Schlack “Financial aid is available to out-of-state students. (Students) may receive Federal Financial Aid through FAFSA and/or scholarships from NDSU directly.”
In addition, North Dakota State University has a reciprocity agreement for Minnesota residents. This means Minnesota residents can pay lower fees like North Dakota residents. Similarly, lower fees are also available to Montana, South Dakota, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan Residents.
One thing that I did find cool on the NDSU website was that they did mention out of state study and ties to the Fashion Institute of Technology - FIT- in New York. You can read my review of FIT here.
Last but not least, especially for Fashion students NDSU has the FASHION, APPAREL & BUSINESS ORGANIZATION (FABO). They do a really big runway show each year featuring a lot of apparel designed by NDSU students and local retailers. Check out their 2018 RUNWAY SHOW here.
Let’s take a look at your budget...
I appreciate that the NDSU cost of attendance page is very clear. For the fashion course, look at the very top row - Base Tuition. There you can see the tuition costs for the different groups.
Here are some screen shots below.
Fees, Housing, Meal Plan & Books
On the same cost of attendance page, scroll down to see the fees. Also very clearly presented.
For international student fees there is a pdf download available. But everything is basically the same except for tuition.
NDSU doesn’t seem to have a student policy. They just suggest some providers but do encourage you to research more. You will need to have your own health insurance so that in the event that you use the student health service, they will submit claims to your health insurance. So, make sure that whatever you have can cover these visits or otherwise get stuck with the bill.
I think the North Dakota State University offers a great opportunity for people looking for fashion schools in and around North Dakota. Even though North Dakota is by no means a fashion capital, I like that NDSU has ties to FIT – the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. That makes sense for fashion students.
On the website they also point out how graduates of their course have branched out into different areas of fashion. That’s helpful when it comes to picking what to study now in view of what you might want to do later.
Lastly, this might have nothing to do with anything, but I prefer this school to the South Dakota State University. Read my South Dakota State University review here. Just on first impressions alone, how they represented their school and fashion course, I prefer NDSU. Just saying.
But what do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.
As for living in North Dakota? Here are screenshots of the cost of accommodation...
“The weather is bipolar,” one reviewer said swinging from cold to warm then rainy. So, it would be best to have a car to get around, even with a comparatively low cost of living.
And of course, food…
That's it for this fashion school review. I hope it helps!