University description (as per official university website)
Sue Wade, Founder of Wade CollegeIn 2009, Wade College celebrates its 47th anniversary. Sue Wade, the college’s Executive Director, founded the college in 1962 with the goal of helping individuals who wished to join the fashion and merchandising industries immediately. She began with $1,500 and ten students.
The college began by offering courses in professional modeling and fashion merchandising in day and evening classes. In 1965, the college moved from its location in the Turtle Creek area of Dallas to within the Dallas Market Center complex, and in 1971, the professional modeling and evening classes were discontinued in favor of total emphasis on full-time enrollment in merchandising. The college’s educational process evolved beyond what was offered by a trade or technical school. In fact, graduates of the associate degree program in merchandising were advancing regularly in their careers and moving up to management positions. Significant changes were then made in the college’s educational program, particularly in regard to faculty credentials and library holdings. In 1985, Wade College was granted accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Now the college offers a dual major Associate of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design. The college offers a solid general education curriculum, designed to provide an introduction to major areas of knowledge and to stimulate individual interests in specialized fields. Students may specialize in graphic design, fashion design, interior design, or merchandise marketing. Students benefit enormously from the college’s location within the Dallas Market Center complex, which offers the ideal professional environment for individuals seeking industry experience and early exposure to the merchandising and design industries. Instructors have diverse backgrounds and outstanding professional experience. The college’s curriculum, location, and faculty experience contribute to the college’s goal of nurturing and challenging each student’s intellectual and professional development.
Wade College is a privately sponsored college offering an associate degree program in merchandising and design. The college is a teaching institution that emphasizes specialized professional study and the liberal arts.
Wade College exists and operates to provide its students with the skills and knowledge to be a productive part of American society. It further seeks to provide them with an enriching cultural, moral, economic, and social experience. The college is committed to serving the changing requirements of the merchandise marketing, fashion design, graphic design, and interior design fields.
The purpose of Wade College is to offer programs of instruction that are designed to allow students to:
Develop the competencies necessary for immediate employment and career advancement in their chosen fields.
Continue and complete a formal education in upper level and graduate colleges and universities, if so desired.
Develop intellectual, humanitarian, and leadership skills that will advance their potential for success.
Engage in continual self-improvement.
Who is Eligible?
Before any assistance is granted (Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, or Federal Stafford/PLUS Loan), general eligibility and program requirements must be met. To be eligible for financial aid the student must:
Establish eligibility by completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal Application;
Not be in default on any Title IV loan (Federal Perkins or Federal Stafford), or owe a refund or repayment on educational funds received at any institution;
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
Be registered with the Selective Service if you are a male at least 18 years old born after December 31, 1969 (most males between the ages of 18 and 25, including permanent residents and other eligible non-citizens, are required to register with Selective Service);
Enroll in and maintain at least a half-time class load for most programs;
Use all funds received through financial aid for educational purposes;
Be accepted for admission by the college and enrolled in a degree program;
Be making reasonable academic progress;
Have a valid Social Security Number; and
Have a high school diploma or a GED (general equivalency diploma).