FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County

17590 Gillette Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614
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  • 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

FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County serves 64 students (92% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 6:1 is lower than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 68% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 77%.

Top Rankings

FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 10 teachers has declined by 16% over five years.
FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationNot applicable, not in Carnegie universe (not accredited or nondegree-granting)Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate for-profitPublic
Total Faculty10 staff308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County has declined by 58% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 6:1 has decreased from 16:1 over five years.
The FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County diversity score of 0.79 is more than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment64 students8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio6:124:1
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# Full-Time Students59 students2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students5 students6,350 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
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% Asian
14%
12%
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% Hispanic
26%
47%
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% Black
5%
6%
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% White
32%
23%
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% Hawaiian
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% Two or more races
6%
4%
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% Non Resident races
6%
2%
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% Unknown races
10%
6%
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Diversity Score0.790.70
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College Completion Rate
65%
32%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$41,800$34,700
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $29,930 is more than the state average of $21,060. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$29,930$21,060
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%79%
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Median Debt for Graduates$14,167$10,376
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$6,000
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Acceptance Rate67%89%
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County is Stanbridge University (1.0 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Stanbridge University
    Private for-profit
    1,364 students | 1.00 Mi2041 Business Ctr Dr Ste 107
    Irvine, CA 92612
    (888) 789-6208
    1.001,364
  • Pacific College
    Private for-profit
    255 students | 1.50 Mi3160 Red Hill Ave
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    (714) 662-4402
    1.50255
  • 20,042 students | 3.70 Mi2701 Fairview Road
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    (714) 432-5072
    3.7020,042
  • 12,812 students | 4.50 Mi5500 Irvine Center Drive
    Irvine, CA 92618
    (949) 451-5100
    4.5012,812
  • 23,192 students | 4.70 Mi11460 Warner Ave.
    Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    (714) 546-7600
    4.7023,192
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