UNCG’s Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies (CARS) has been ranked among the best programs to study fashion in the South and recognized as having one of the best fashion merchandising programs in the nation, according to the website Fashion-Schools.org.  

CARS ranked fifth among fashion schools located in the South and received the website’s best ranking among programs in the state of North Carolina.

CARS placed No. 23 out of the top 75 highlighted schools nationwide for fashion merchandising.  Programs were judged on their academic reputation, admission selectivity, location, and depth and breadth of the program and faculty.

“We are proud to have an independent organization recognize what we already know: That we have a top program with top faculty, consisting of breadth and depth in the field,” said Gwen O’Neal, chair of the department. “The ranking speaks to the fact that the desired reputation is spreading and people recognize our ability to produce exceptional problem solvers who are assets to their communities and organizations. Our great faculty, staff and students are to be commended.”

CARS, one of five departments in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate. The undergraduate degree is available in three concentrations: Apparel Product Design, which preps students for careers in apparel and textile products design and production; Retailing and Consumer Studies, which prepares students for careers in apparel marketing, distribution and retailing; and Global Apparel and Related Industry Studies, which prepares students for apparel and related industry careers in the global arena.

The Bryan School of Business and Economics helps students develop the knowledge and experience to become exceptional problem solvers that organizations and communities need. One of the largest business schools in North Carolina, the Bryan School boasts an AACSB International accreditation in business and accounting that puts it among the top 3 percent of business schools in the world.  Our students and alumni carry forward their Bryan School experience to make meaningful contributions where they work, live and lead.