Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York campus
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York campus
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York campus
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York campus
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York campus
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York campus
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York campus
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York campus
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York campus
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York campus
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York campus
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York campus
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York campus
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York campus
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York campus

From the School

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a leader in career-oriented education, is a college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York (SUNY).

FIT has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for nearly 70 years. With a curriculum that provides its 10,000 students with a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and relevant to today's rapidly changing industries. The college grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, and offers more than 45 majors in fields ranging from marketing and textiles to toy design and entrepreneurship, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace.

FIT's special brand of education reflects the college's close ties to industry. Top executives serve as curriculum advisors, faculty, and mentors to students; industry members and leading companies provide scholarships, internships, and support for critical FIT initiatives. Relationships with industry enable the college to offer students experiences that mirror the marketplace and give them a competitive edge.


From The School

For applicants to undergraduate programs, the admissions committee considers academic accomplishments that predict success on the college level, as well as students' demonstrated talent. For transfer applicants, overall grade point average and performance in liberal arts courses are also considered. All applicants, whether to a full-time day program or evening/weekend program, must meet the same admissions standards.

All applicants are required to submit a personal essay indicating why they selected their major, and highlighting all activities and accomplishments. FIT believes that creative and leadership abilities are revealed through activities in various fields, such as a governing organization, student clubs, or the visual or performing arts.

Applicants to the School of Art and Design must submit a portfolio that demonstrates their artistic and creative ability. Fashion Design applicants should be versed in both art and garment construction. Applicants to the School of Business and Technology programs must demonstrate the ability to work with others, leadership, and sound mathematical skills.

First-year students must apply for the two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree. Upon completing the AAS degree, students may enter a bachelor's program. Transfer applicants may qualify for a one-year AAS or bachelor's degree program depending on their previous college coursework and intended major.

In evaluating candidates, the School of Graduate Studies considers factors such as academic preparation, communication skills, professional experience, maturity, passion for knowledge, and potential for growth, as well as the degree to which the candidate's and the program's goals coincide.

All prospective students are invited to attend an information session with an admissions counselor and take a student-led campus tour. For more information and to make a reservation for a campus visit, please go to

Admission Dates and Deadlines for Undergraduate Study
Fall semester
Spring semester Application deadline: January 1
Application deadline: October 1
Notification date: April 1
Notification date: November 1
Tuition deposit due: May 1
Tuition deposit due: December 1
Please visit for information on the admissions process and deadlines for applicants to FIT's graduate programs.


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

Testing Policies


January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Talent / Ability

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

FIT's programs offer a vibrant learning environment, combining the practical and the theoretical. Each provides hands-on instruction, each is supported by a focused liberal arts curriculum, and each draws on a faculty of dedicated working professionals who are influential in their fields. The School of Liberal Arts offers the opportunity to minor in a variety of liberal arts areas in two forms: subject-based minors and interdisciplinary minors unique to the FIT liberal arts curriculum. Minors include economics, Latin American studies, and sustainability.

The Presidential Scholars honors program, open to academically exceptional students in all disciplines, offers special liberal arts courses, projects, colloquiums, and cultural and community service activities designed to broaden horizons and stimulate discourse.

Internships are an essential part of many majors. The college's extensive internship program provides students with vital experience in their field. The Career and Internship Center helps students with career planning and offers lifetime placement services to graduates.

The study-abroad experience allows students to immerse themselves in diverse cultures and prepares them to live and work in a global community. FIT offers programs in Italy-in Florence and Milan-where students study fashion design or fashion merchandising management gain firsthand experience in the dynamics of European fashion. Australia, China, England, France, and Mexico are a few of the other countries where FIT offers semester-long programs. Students can also study abroad during the winter or summer sessions.

The School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies provides noncredit classes to students and working professionals who want to pursue a certificate or just gain skills and knowledge. FIT also offers a wide range of classes for high school students on weekends and in the summer. Online courses are offered on a wide variety of subjects. An AAS degree in Fashion Merchandising Management and a BS in International Trade and Marketing are available fully online.

Majors and Degrees Offered

FIT offers programs leading to the AAS, BFA, BS, MFA, MA, and MPS degrees. Undergraduates choose from among 40 majors and 16 liberal arts minors. The School of Graduate Studies offers seven master's degree programs.

School of Art and Design
Accessories Design, Advertising Design, Communication Design Foundation, Computer Animation and Interactive Media, Fabric Styling, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Menswear, Packaging Design, Photography, Textile/Surface Design, Toy Design, and Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design

Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology
Advertising and Marketing Communications, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, Direct and Interactive Marketing, Entrepreneurship for the Fashion and Design Industries, Fashion Merchandising Management, Home Products Development, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries, Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries, Technical Design, and Textile Development and Marketing

School of Liberal Arts
Art History and Museum Professions, Film and Media, and liberal arts minors (subject-based and interdisciplinary minors are offered)

School of Graduate Studies
Art Market: Principles and Practices; Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management; Exhibition Design; Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice; Global Fashion Management; Illustration; and Sustainable Interior Environments

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree

Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

On Campus Interviews

Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Leslie Blodgett
Founder of bareMinerals

Michael Kors
Chief Creative Officer, Honorary Chair and Director, MK Holdings, Inc.

Edward Menichechi
Chief Marketing Officer for Conde' Nast

Nanette Lepore
Fashion Designer and founder, Robespierre, Inc.

Nina Garcia
Creative Director, Marie Claire Magazine and Project Runway judge

Fran Boller
Executive VP, Nike

Toni Chi
International Restaurant Designer

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

On Campus Interviews

ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

For 2016-17, the associate-level tuition per semester was $2,295 for in-state residents and $6,885 for nonresidents. Baccalaureate-level tuition per semester was $3,235 for in-state residents and $9,796 for nonresidents. Housing costs ranged from $6,693 to $6,892 per semester for traditional residence hall accommodations with mandatory meal plan and from $6,693 to $6,900 for apartment-style accommodations. Meal plans varied from $1,851 to $2,369 per semester. Textbook costs and other nominal fees, such as locker rental or laboratory use, vary per program. Costs are subject to change.

Financial Aid

FIT attempts to remove financial barriers to college entrance by providing scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment based on available funds for students with financial need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the core application for all financial aid programs.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

The college is home to more than 70 student organizations, including merit societies, athletic teams, major-related organizations, and clubs based on areas of interest. Concerts, dances, field trips, films, flea markets, and other events are regularly scheduled. Student-run publications include a campus newspaper, a literary and art magazine, and the FIT yearbook. FIT has intercollegiate teams in cross-country, half marathon, track and field, dance, table tennis, tennis, soccer, swimming and diving, and volleyball. Athletics and Recreation offers students group fitness classes at no extra cost. Open gym activities allow students to participate in team and individual sports.

The David Dubinsky Student Center houses lounges, a game room, a dining hall, a student radio station, a student-run boutique, student government and club offices, health services, gyms, a dance studio, a fitness center, a counseling center, studios, and laboratories.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment



85% female
15% male
79% are full time
21% are part time


From The School


Occupying an entire tree-lined block in Manhattan's dynamic Chelsea neighborhood, FIT's campus places students at the heart of the fashion, advertising, visual arts, design, business, and communications industries. Approximately 2,300 students live on campus, in accommodations ranging from traditional dorm-style rooms with meal plans to apartment-style suites with kitchens, and from single to quad occupancy.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Students have access to state-of-the-art technology and equipment in FIT's studios and labs. Facilities include art, printmaking, display design, and photography studios, a model-making workshop, a graphics printing service bureau, a toy design lab, and a textile testing lab. A computer-aided design and communications facility allows students to explore the latest advancements in technology and their integration in design, photography, and computer graphics and animation. The Annette Green Fragrance Foundation Studio, a professionally equipped fragrance development lab, is the only one of its kind on a U.S. college campus. Cutting and sewing labs offer the most advanced apparel production machinery among educational facilities in the nation. Other facilities include a lighting laboratory, broadcast studio, knitting and weaving labs, and a multimedia foreign language lab.

The Museum at FIT is New York City's only museum dedicated to fashion. Students, designers, and historians use the museum for research and inspiration. The museum, which is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, operates year-round, and its exhibitions are free and open to the public. The Gladys Marcus Library provides more than 300,000 volumes of print, non-print, and electronic materials. The newspaper and periodicals collection includes 500 current subscriptions. Online resources include more than 90 searchable databases. The library also offers specialized resources, such as clipping files, fashion and trend forecasting services, and sketch collections. Also on campus are three multimedia venues-the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, the Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Auditorium, and the John E. Reeves Great Hall-used for fashion shows, exhibitions, student presentations, industry panels, conferences, and special events.

Off-Campus Opportunities

FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative environment for our college community. Students enjoy a wealth of opportunities to learn, to play, and to explore the city's abundant resources. A wide range of cultural and entertainment options-from museums to dining to theater-are available within walking distance of the campus, which also offers convenient access to subway and bus lines and major rail and bus transportation hubs. One of New York's most dynamic neighborhoods, Chelsea boasts a lively gallery scene, exotic restaurants, a wide variety of retail outlets, and historic landmarks.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division

Student Services



Other Information

Campus Visits Contact

Fashion Institute of Tecnology
227 West 27th Street
New York, New York, 10001



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Museum at FIT
David Dubinsky Student Center
Lari and Barbara Stanton Fitness Center
Gladys Marcus Library
Peter G. Scotese Computer-Aided Design and Communication Center
Academic buildings including he Shirley Goodman Resource Center and the Marvin Feldman Center for Business and Liberal Arts. Industry-Standard Academic Labs including broadcast, sewing, lighting and knitting, cosmetics and fragrance. Dedicated Workshops for footwear and millinery, jewelry design,leather draping, textile screen printing and toy design.Four residence halls, dining facilities, Barnes and Noble and Starbucks.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
All modes of public transportation are available and the campus is within close proximity to all major metropolitan airports.

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