Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County

17590 Gillette Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614-5610
Tel: (949)851-6200
  • FIDM / Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising has been educating students for careers in the fashion and entertainment industries for over 40 years. Our goal is to give students the best college education possible while preparing them to launch their career immediately. The focused curriculum, talented faculty, and a global network of industry partners like Cotton, Inc. and Disney, give students the necessary skills to work simultaneously while earning their degree. FIDM has helped launch the careers of over 40,000 graduates, including famed designers Monique Lhuillier, Kevan Hall, and Randolph Duke, just to name a few. Nine graduates have appeared as contestants on Project Runway, including FIDM Instructor Nick Verreos and Season 5 winner Leanne Marshall. Our students and graduates are doing everything from designing sets for primetime television, creating costumes for television and movies, and designing clothing for Anthropologie and GUESS, Inc., to creating visual displays for Forever 21, creating logos and marketing materials for surf and sport companies, and launching the latest beauty products. FIDM offers several degree options, including a four-year Bachelor of Science degree; 20 creative majors, and an unparalleled Career Center with a database of over 19,000 employers and growing.
School Highlights
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County serves 156 students (96% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 100% of the student body (majority American and Asian), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County is one of 18 community colleges within Orange County, CA.
  • The nearest community college is Stanbridge University (1.00 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 10 teachers has declined by 16% over five years.
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPublic
Total Faculty10 staff92 staff
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 156 has declined by 48% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has decreased from 23:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 1.00 is more than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 44% over five years.
Total Enrollment156 students7,516 students
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio16:144:1
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students150 students1,613 students
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students6 students5,903 students
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
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Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2011)
% Asian
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13%
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Asian (2007-2012)
% Hispanic
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37%
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Hispanic (2007-2012)
% Black
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7%
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Black (2007-2012)
% White
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32%
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County White (2007-2012)
% Hawaiian
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Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Hawaiian (2009-2012)
% Two or more races
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3%
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County More (2010-2012)
% Non Resident races
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3%
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Non Resident (2007-2012)
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.1.000.73
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
59%
29%
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$41,800$34,900
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $29,930 is more than the state average of $18,802. The private state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$29,930$18,802
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid90%78%
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$9,500
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,500$5,500
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate66%96%
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County Percent Admitted (2009-2016)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $18,802 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 83%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.