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O'More College of Design

O'More College of Design is college with 180 students located in Franklin, TN.

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O'More College of Design is an institution of higher education that believes in providing a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum while also training designers for meaningful professional careers that positively impact the world we live in.

Over the course of four years, our students are exposed to a unique academic experience - a quality art and design education that emphasizes individual attention, intensive hands-on experience, global awareness and service to humanity. The College promotes partnerships with the local, regional and international communities through exhibits, programs, continuing education, service projects and opportunities to travel. We prepare students to think critically and imaginatively, to become responsible citizens, and to develop a pattern of lifelong learning.

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O'More College of Design is the realization of a vision - one that started with Mrs. Eloise Pitts O'More in 1970 - an institution of higher education that intellectually and expressively prepares students to become innovative designers with the capacity to create authentic beauty. We instill purposeful design, thereby helping students become successful professionals.

The objective is to inspire each student to become purpose driven: Constantly discovering, persistently cultivating, and perpetually sharing the gift of inventive thinking and purposeful design; someone who pushes the boundaries of creativity, with a respect for our history and time-tested tradition; someone who believes he or she can impact change through innovation and sets a strategic course, with the full confidence to succeed; and someone who finds meaning in the process of growth and spends a lifetime exploring the ultimate classroom - the world.

The College, now more than 40 years young, continues to add new spaces, new programs and new opportunities. It's the perfect time to become a part of our community - to experience O'More for yourself and make it your own.

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Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 180
Gender 11% Male / 89% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 82% Full Time / 18% Part Time
Geography 79% In State / 21% Out of State / 0% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 43% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
White 86%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%


Student Publications: The Design Review

  • Government or Political Activity
  • Student Newspaper
  • Student-Run Film Society

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: tutoring
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, student center wireless network available student web hosting available computer repair service available on campus
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling
  • Facilities: sensory garden
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): dual enrollment of high school students internships liberal arts/career combination independent study double major
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services



Popular Majors

Fashion Merchandising (51%), Interior Design (31%), Commercial and Advertising Art (17%)

Majors Offered


A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via illustrations and other forms of digital or printed media. Includes instruction in concept design, layout, paste-up, and techniques such as engraving, etching, silkscreen, lithography, offset, drawing and cartooning, painting, collage, and computer graphics.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing, equipping, and furnishing of residential and commercial interior spaces. Includes instruction in computer applications, drafting, and graphic techniques; principles of interior lighting, acoustics, systems integration, and color coordination; furniture and furnishings; textiles and their finishing; the history of interior design and period styles; basic structural design; building codes and inspection regulations; and applications to office, hotel, factory, restaurant and housing design.

Job Opportunities:

Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Interior Designers
Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.


A program that prepares individuals to promote product lines/brands, and organize promotional campaigns, at the wholesale level to attract retailer interest, wholesale purchasing, and supply contracts. Includes instruction in wholesaling, wholesale advertising, selling, and customer relations.

Job Opportunities:

Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products
Buy merchandise or commodities, other than farm products, for resale to consumers at the wholesale or retail level, including both durable and nondurable goods. Analyze past buying trends, sales records, price, and quality of merchandise to determine value and yield. Select, order, and authorize payment for merchandise according to contractual agreements. May conduct meetings with sales personnel and introduce new products. Includes assistant wholesale and retail buyers of nonfarm products.
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products
Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals. Work requires substantial knowledge of items sold.

Administration & Faculty

President K. Mark Hilliard
Accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
Full-time Faculty 11
Student : Faculty Ratio 8 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 45 : 54
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100




Acceptance Rate: 58.2% accepted of 98 applications

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite20 - 25
English20 - 27
Math17 - 24

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Academic GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Talent Ability, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Application Essay, Interview, Level Of Applicants Interest

Also Considered: Volunteer Work, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 0 4
Math 0 3
Science 0 3
Social Studies 0 1
Foreign Language 0 2
History 0 2
Academic Electives 0 3

Other Application Information: Single Highest Test Date SAT or ACT




Regular Decision

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Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $25,638 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $20,839
$30K-$48K $17,082
$48K-$75K $24,231
$75K-$110K $25,107
$110K+ $28,507

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $26,160, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $26,160 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $7,200
Books $1,050 $1,050
Total (before financial aid) $27,210 $34,410

Students Receiving Aid

97% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 67% $5,100
Federal Scholarships/Grants 43% $4,723
Institutional Grants 97% $5,777
Other Federal Grants 23% $857
Other Loans 7% $3,600
Pell Grants 43% $4,262
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 47% $5,205
Student Loans 67% $5,460

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Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

30% of students graduated on time.

42% of students graduated in six years.

60% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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