Wood Tobé–Coburn School

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Wood Tobé Coburn School Fashion District New York City, NY

Wood Tobé-Coburn School is a small, for-profit private career college located in a building just south of Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Almost all students come from the greater New York area.

History of the schools[edit]

The Tobé–Coburn School for Fashion Careers was established in New York City by Miss Tobé, (née Tobé Coller Davis) an internationally known fashion authority, and Julia Coburn, former fashion editor of the Ladies Home Journal and president of the Fashion Group (later the Fashion Group International, Inc.).[1] Tobé Coller Davis' establishment of the Tobe Report (a weekly fashion consulting report for retailers) in 1927, and the founding of the Tobé–Coburn School in 1937, were seminal events marking the rising significance of the New York City fashion industry.[2] The school opened on September 13, 1937 and drew mostly young women students from across the United States. In June, 1992, the Tobé–Coburn School was merged into the Wood School; the latter founded in 1879. The change of the name from Tobé–Coburn School to the Wood Tobé–Coburn School occurred in June, 1993.[3]

The Wood Tobé–Coburn School awards both diplomas and associate's degrees. Its website states the school focuses on job placement for graduates and financial aid is available for those who qualify.[4]

Student body, admissions, and outcomes[edit]

According to Peterson's[citation needed][when?] and recent institutional publications,[citation needed], Wood Tobé–Coburn School has an undergraduate population of 523.[when?] Of 953 applicants, 835 (or 87%) were admitted.[when?] In the most recent year,[when?] 71% of entering students graduated and 97% of all graduates were placed in jobs.[citation needed]


Wood Tobé–Coburn School provides career-focused courses to high school graduates. Wood Tobe–Coburn School’s programs generally offer hands-on learning opportunities that help prepare graduates to start working immediately. Some programs offer externships as well. Students can graduate in 10–12 months by earning a diploma. Associate's degree programs can be completed in 16 months.

Wood Tobe–Coburn School groups its ten major areas of study into three main categories: business/fashion, health care, and technology. These major areas are listed below.


Health care:

  • Medical assisting


  • Computer programming
  • Computer specialist
  • Network management
  • Graphic design


Wood Tobé–Coburn School’s programs are registered by the New York State Education Department, Board of Regents, and Commissioner of Education.[5] The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).[6]


  1. ^ Norma M. Rantisi (2004). "The Ascendance of New York Fashion". International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 28: 94–95. doi:10.1111/j.0309-1317.2004.00504.x.[dead link]
  2. ^ Chase EW, Chase I (1954). Always in Vogue. London: V. Gollancz. p. 343.
  3. ^ "Tobé–Coburn School For Fashion Careers Records 1937-1996 in the New York Public Library Humanities and Social Sciences Library Manuscripts and Archives Division" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 11, 2007. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
  4. ^ Official Website
  5. ^ http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue/accredinfo.htm
  6. ^ http://www.caahep.org

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Coordinates: 40°45′06″N 73°58′52″W / 40.75167°N 73.98111°W / 40.75167; -73.98111