Columbia has a general population of 84,531 and an overall student population of 48,122. Approximately 1,231 of Columbia's students are enrolled in schools that offer fashion programs.
Columbia's largest fashion school is Stephens College. In 2010, approximately 26 students graduated from the Fashion program at Stephens College.
A total of 38 students graduated with credentials in fashion from fashion schools in Columbia in 2010. In 2009 tuition at fashion schools in Columbia was $24,150 per year, on average.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,400 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a fashion program in Columbia. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $8,700 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
Many fashion graduates choose to work as fashion professionals after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Columbia, your job prospects are not very good. There were 83,720 fashion professionals working in Missouri and 3,050 working in the greater Columbia area in 2010. Columbia's fashion professional workforce is projected to increase by 4% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for fashion professionals.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a fashion professional in Columbia is $19,520 per year, which is higher than the average for fashion professionals state-wide.