A Year Of Announcements For The Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Business SchoolElmira, NY (08/17/2022) — The first announcement introducing the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Business School (THFBS) was in April 2021. Since then, we've shared significant updates about the program.

On October 22, 2021, Elmira College representatives and Hilfiger family members held an event to introduce the Tommy Hilfiger Gallery, located in Hamilton Hall. Although not directly related to the program, the Gallery honors the Hilfiger family's connection and
pride in their hometown of Elmira, New York, and will serve as a source of inspiration to students and visitors. Select memorabilia and fashion items, special awards, rock and roll artifacts, special photos, and pieces from the family's history are on display in the Gallery.

In January of this year, the Hilfiger family, including Tommy Hilfiger and his siblings Andy and Betsy, announced a $5,000 scholarship to help cover internship costs completed in the final year of the three-year accelerated program. To apply, students in the THFBS program must have at least a 3.5-grade point average, demonstrate a strong desire to succeed in a diverse and inclusive industry, and exhibit leadership qualities, including involvement on committees and/or volunteering in the local community.

Then, in March, Elmira College and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a college of the State University of New York, announced a new agreement that broadens the educational opportunities for students while helping to build a pipeline of future leaders in the fashion
industry. The new partnership provides graduates of Elmira College's Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Business School with an opportunity to apply to FIT's Global Fashion Management (GFM) Master's in Professional Studies (MPS) program.

The agreement between Elmira and FIT will promote engagement and transdisciplinary interactions between the institutions. For example, students of the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Business School will be invited to attend select FIT GFM lectures. The agreement also encourages interactions between the faculty and administrators of each institution. Also, students who successfully complete a bachelor of arts degree in Business with a minor or concentration in Fashion Merchandising or Fashion Marketing will be encouraged to apply to FIT's MPS program if they meet additional admission criteria.

The program announcements received attention locally, nationally, and internationally including articles in prominent publications like Women's Wear Daily, Fashion United, and Bloomberg.

These high-profile media spotlights may have had a role in the increased number of applications to our Business Administration program, of which the THFBS is a part. Applications increased by 40% compared to the previous year. This fall, the first cohort of students will enter the program, starting with foundational business courses and then specializing in fashion marketing or fashion merchandising in their second and third years.

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