Retention Rate

In the fall 2016 semester 84% of students returned to continue in the interior design program. In the fall 2016 semester, the interior design program had 31 new entering students, 45% as new freshman and 55% as new transfer students. Of the seventeen interior design students who participated in the Sophomore Portfolio Review in May 2016 sixteen students passed and registered for the junior studio; the other student passed decided to defer a return to the program.

Graduation Rate and Degree Awarded

In 2016, there were 18 students classified as seniors. Sixteen of these students completed bachelor’s degrees; nine of the sixteen degrees were Bachelor of Arts and seven were Bachelor of Science degrees. The remaining two students continued in the program into the 2017 academic year. The 16 degrees awarded reflects a 70% completion rate of the students who entered sophomore studio in fall 2013.

Job Placement Rates

Of the graduating group in 2016, 69% accepted employment positions with the companies with which they interned as seniors upon graduating.  Of the senior interior design students who accepted positions with their interning companies, 73% accepted positions with residential designers or corporate designers, 18% with design retailer and 9% with builders. 

 All, 100% of the interior design business supervisors who employed senior interior design students as interns indicated that their company would hire the interior design graduate if an employment position were available.

 Of the interior design graduates in 2016, no one indicated they were immediately planning to attend graduate school directly following their undergraduate degree; however, 19% indicated they were planning to attend graduate school in the next five years.

Transfer Information: Taking interior design courses is a progressive process, learning fundamentals first and concluding with a senior capstone project.  Course must be taken consecutively, through a minimum of six long term semesters, to remain on track in the program. Students who plan to transfer should seriously review the course equivalencies as they enroll in courses at their college to be sure the credits will transfer and may also seek advisement recommendations through the Student Advising and Mentoring (SAM) Center.

Student Projects Policy:  The interior design program reserves the right to keep, display, and reproduce design projects and assignments submitted by students.  Graded projects and assignments are the property of the department until they are returned to students.