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Most Admired Educators 2018

Firms and other organizations that hire interior architects and interior designers need practitioners who are talented and well educated. Leaders and hiring managers in these types of organizations have a strong interest in the preparation of future practitioners. Through hiring and working with graduates of many different programs, the leaders and hiring managers develop a view on the relative strengths of interior design schools and how well graduates are prepared for practice.


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Most Admired Interior Design Schools

  Which interior design schools do you most admire for a combination of faculty, programs, culture and student preparation for the profession?
School Name
2017-18
2018-19
Savannah College of Art and Design
1
1
Pratt Institute
2
2
Rhode Island School of Design
3
3
Parsons School of Design
7
4
New York School of Interior Design
6
5
University of Cincinnati
4
6
Cornell University
9
7
Virginia Tech
5
8
Auburn University
11
9
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
8
10
Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY
10
11
Florida State University
19
12
Radford University
13
Drexel University
13
14
University of Texas, Austin
18
15
School of Visual Arts, New York
17
16
Appalachian State University
17
Iowa State University
18
University of Florida
14
19
Virginia Commonwealth University
16
20
California College of the Arts
15
21
Syracuse University
22
Boston Architectural College
23
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
24
Purdue University
25
School Name
2017-18
2018-19
Pratt Institute
3
1
Rhode Island School of Design
2
2
Savannah College of Art and Design
1
3
Parsons School of Design
4
4
New York School of Interior Design
5
5
Cornell University
7
6
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
6
7
Florida State University
8
Drexel University
9
Virginia Commonwealth University
10
10

Interior Design Schools Most Hired From by Firms

  From which schools have you hired the greatest number of undergraduate/graduate students in the last five years?

Schools were grouped into size categories based on the average number of graduates each year in their combined undergraduate and graduate programs. Some schools did not provide information on the size of their graduating classes and could not be categorized. Consequently, they were omitted from the rankings. A full explanation of our approach is available on the methodology page.

School Name
2018-19
New York School of Interior Design
1
Iowa State University
2
Pratt Institute
3
Savannah College of Art and Design
4
Florida State University
5
Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY
6
Abilene Christian University
7
University of Alabama
8
Academy of Art University
9
School Name
2018-19
Rhode Island School of Design
1
Cornell University
2
Ball State University
3
University of Central Oklahoma
4
University of Oregon
5
Maryville University
6
Boston Architectural College
7
Georgia Southern University
8
San Jose State University
8
University of Missouri
10
Meredith College
11
University of Tennessee- Knoxville
11
Woodbury University
13
New Jersey Institute of Technology
14
Ringling College of Art and Design
15
University of Arkansas
16
Anderson University
17
University of Texas- Austin
18
California College of the Arts
19
New York Inst. of Technology
19
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
21
Mississippi State University
22
Cleveland Institute of Art
22
Michigan State University
24
North Dakota State University
25
School Name
2018-19
Parsons School of Design
1
University of Minnesota
2
University of Florida
3
Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS)
4
Virginia Commonwealth University
5
Colorado State University
6
Drexel University
7
Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ.
8
University of Cincinnati
9
University of Georgia
10
Auburn University
11
Washington State University
12
Philadelphia University
13
Texas Tech University
14
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
15
University of Wisconsin- Stout
15
Syracuse University
17
George Washington University
17
University of Kentucky
19
Arizona State University
20
Suffolk University, New England School of Art & Design
21
University of Nebraska- Lincoln
22
Kent State University
23
Louisiana State University
24
UCLA Extension/Cal Poly Pomona Collaborative Program
25

Top Ranked Interior Design Schools in 12 Focus Areas

Undergraduate

12 Focus Areas
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Pratt Institute
    2
  • Virginia Tech
    3
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    4
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    5
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    6
  • University of Cincinnati
    7
  • Radford University
    8
  • Auburn University
    9
  • Maryville University
    10
  • Pratt Institute
    1
  • Virginia Tech
    2
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    3
  • New York School of Interior Design
    4
  • University of Cincinnati
    5
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    6
  • Radford University
    7
  • Auburn University
    8
  • Parsons School of Design
    9
  • Maryville University
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Virginia Tech
    2
  • Pratt Institute
    3
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    4
  • University of Cincinnati
    5
  • Radford University
    6
  • Auburn University
    7
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    8
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    9
  • Parsons School of Design
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Pratt Institute
    2
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    3
  • Radford University
    4
  • Virginia Tech
    5
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    6
  • University of Cincinnati
    7
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    8
  • Auburn University
    9
  • Parsons School of Design
    10
  • Virginia Tech
    1
  • New York School of Interior Design
    2
  • Pratt Institute
    3
  • Radford University
    4
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    5
  • University of Cincinnati
    6
  • Auburn University
    7
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    8
  • Parsons School of Design
    9
  • Drexel University
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Virginia Tech
    2
  • Radford University
    3
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    4
  • Pratt Institute
    5
  • Auburn University
    6
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    7
  • Parsons School of Design
    8
  • Maryville University
    9
  • Cornell University
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Virginia Tech
    2
  • Radford University
    3
  • Pratt Institute
    4
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    5
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    6
  • University of Cincinnati
    7
  • Auburn University
    8
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    9
  • Parsons School of Design
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Virginia Tech
    2
  • Pratt Institute
    3
  • Auburn University
    4
  • Radford University
    5
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    6
  • University of Cincinnati
    7
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    8
  • Philadelphia University
    9
  • Drexel University
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Radford University
    2
  • Virginia Tech
    3
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    4
  • Auburn University
    5
  • University of Cincinnati
    6
  • Pratt Institute
    7
  • Maryville University
    8
  • Appalachian State University
    9
  • Parsons School of Design
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Pratt Institute
    2
  • Radford University
    3
  • Virginia Tech
    4
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    5
  • Auburn University
    6
  • University of Cincinnati
    7
  • Cornell University
    8
  • Appalachian State University
    9
  • Maryville University
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Radford University
    2
  • Virginia Tech
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • Pratt Institute
    5
  • Auburn University
    6
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    7
  • Parsons School of Design
    8
  • Maryville University
    9
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Radford University
    2
  • Virginia Tech
    3
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    4
  • Auburn University
    5
  • Pratt Institute
    6
  • University of Cincinnati
    7
  • Maryville University
    8
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    9
  • Appalachian State University
    10

Graduate

12 Focus Areas
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Pratt Institute
    2
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    3
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    4
  • Parsons School of Design
    5
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    6
  • Woodbury University
    7
  • Cornell University
    8
  • Drexel University
    9
  • Florida State University
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Pratt Institute
    2
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    3
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    4
  • Parsons School of Design
    5
  • University of Cincinnati
    6
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    7
  • Drexel University
    8
  • Cornell University
    9
  • Florida State University
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Pratt Institute
    2
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    3
  • Virginia Tech
    4
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    5
  • Radford University
    6
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    7
  • University of Cincinnati
    8
  • Cornell University
    9
  • Parsons School of Design
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Pratt Institute
    2
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    3
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    4
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    5
  • Parsons School of Design
    6
  • Radford University
    7
  • Cornell University
    8
  • Drexel University
    9
  • Woodbury University
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    2
  • Pratt Institute
    3
  • Virginia Tech
    4
  • Parsons School of Design
    5
  • Drexel University
    6
  • Radford University
    7
  • Cornell University
    8
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    9
  • Woodbury University
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    2
  • Pratt Institute
    3
  • Parsons School of Design
    4
  • Radford University
    5
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    6
  • Cornell University
    7
  • Drexel University
    8
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    9
  • Iowa State University
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Pratt Institute
    2
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    5
  • Parsons School of Design
    6
  • Radford University
    7
  • Virginia Tech
    8
  • Woodbury University
    9
  • Iowa State University
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Pratt Institute
    2
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    3
  • Parsons School of Design
    4
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    5
  • Virginia Tech
    6
  • Cornell University
    7
  • Drexel University
    8
  • Woodbury University
    9
  • Radford University
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Pratt Institute
    2
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • Radford University
    5
  • Woodbury University
    6
  • Drexel University
    7
  • Parsons School of Design
    8
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    9
  • Philadelphia University
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Pratt Institute
    2
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • Parsons School of Design
    5
  • Radford University
    6
  • Woodbury University
    7
  • Auburn University
    8
  • Philadelphia University
    9
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Pratt Institute
    2
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • Radford University
    5
  • Parsons School of Design
    6
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    7
  • Woodbury University
    8
  • Auburn University
    9
  • Drexel University
    10
  • New York School of Interior Design
    1
  • Pratt Institute
    2
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    3
  • Cornell University
    4
  • Rhode Island School of Design
    5
  • Radford University
    6
  • Philadelphia University
    7
  • Drexel University
    8
  • Iowa State University
    9
  • Parsons School of Design
    10