For the fifth consecutive year, UNCG’s Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS) ranks among the nation’s top fashion programs according to

CARS ranks No. 4 among fashion programs at public and private universities in the South and is one of the top 15 programs at public universities across the nation for both fashion merchandising and fashion design. The rankings are based on academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and value of program and geographic location.

“Our rankings this year reflect the hard work and commitment of the faculty, students and staff in CARS, as well as the support of our industry partners,” said Dr. Nancy Nelson Hodges, CARS professor and department head. “The fact that we have maintained notable rankings for five years confirms that CARS is a rigorous and relevant academic program that prepares students for success in the global apparel industry.”

CARS offers students a wide variety of hands-on learning opportunities, including study trips to fashion meccas – such as New York, London and Italy – across the globe, an annual student-run fashion show that draws hundreds of attendees and internships with top fashion companies such as VF Corporation, Polo Ralph Lauren and Saks, Inc.

Undergraduates in the department focus on one of three concentrations: apparel design, retailing and consumer studies, and global apparel and related industry studies. In addition to the undergraduate program, CARS offers a post-baccalaureate certificate, a master’s degree and a PhD program. Alumni are employed at apparel and retail companies across the country, as well as local companies such as VF Corporation in Greensboro and HanesBrands in Winston-Salem.

For more information about CARS, visit To view the full rankings, click here.


Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations
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