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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).

Founded in 1944, FIT is a State University of New York (SUNY) college granting both undergraduate and graduate degrees. FIT’s schools include Art and Design, the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, Liberal Arts, and Graduate Studies. FIT is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, The Council for Interior Design Accreditation and the American Alliance of Museums.

FIT provides it’s over 9,500 students with an unmatched combination of specialized curricula, an in-depth liberal arts education, affordable tuition, and an extraordinary campus located in the center of New York City, the world capital of the arts, business, and communications industries. Students may also study at FIT’s campuses in Florence and Milan or at select study abroad sites across the globe.

Undergraduates choose from among 29 distinctive majors and 26 minors leading to an AAS, BFA or BS degree. Our seven graduate programs lead to either a MA, MFA or MPS degree. The Center for Continuing and Professional Studies offers non-credit courses and credit/noncredit certificates designed for the non-traditional learner. FIT offers two fully online degrees including an AAS in Fashion Business Management and a BS in International Trade and Marketing. Students in middle school and high school may enroll in FIT’s Pre-College Program offering a diverse curriculum of courses and workshops.

One of New York City’s premier public institutions, FIT is an internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business. We are known for our rigorous, unique, and adaptable academic programming, experiential learning opportunities, academic and industry partnerships, and commitment to research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


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Undergraduate Admission

Admission to FIT’s undergraduate degree programs is based on a holistic review of the applicant’s academic profile, essay and personal characteristics including extra-curricular activities and achievements. Applicants to the School of Art and Design must also submit a portfolio that demonstrates their artistic and creative ability. Detailed information on the portfolio requirements for each major offered in the School of Art and Design can be found at

First-year applicants must submit an official high school transcript and essay. Results of the SAT or ACT are not required for admission unless the applicant is interested in being considered for the Presidential Scholars honors program. FIT requires its first-year enrolled students to take English and math placement examinations unless they have submitted SAT or ACT scores. International applicants must submit the results of either the TOEFL, ILETS or PTE exam if English is not their first language. Transfer applicants must also submit official transcripts of all post-secondary coursework.

First-year applicants are considered only for admission to the two-year, AAS degree and must indicate their intended major on the application. Upon successful completion of the AAS degree, students are considered for admission into a two-year, BFA or BS program. Transfer applicants may be admitted either to a one-year or two-year AAS program or directly into the BFA or BS program based on their post-secondary coursework.

Graduate Admission

Applicants to the School of Graduate Studies will be considered for admission based on their academic profile, essay, recommendations and an interview. In addition, there are major-specific criteria which may include a portfolio, work experience and standardized test scores. Prospective students interested in learning about the graduate programs and admission criteria should contact the admissions office at

Continuing and Professional Studies

Prospective students should visit for detailed information on available courses and registration.

Deadlines and Important Dates

Undergraduate Admission

Prospective undergraduate students must submit their application and $50 non-refundable fee to and indicate their interest in being considered for admission to FIT for either the spring or fall semesters.

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Application Deadlines January 1 October 1
Application Complete Date February 1 November 1
Notification Dates April 1 December 1
Tuition Deposit Deadlines May 1 Two weeks from notification date

Prospective undergraduate students are encouraged to visit the campus for an information session and student-led tour. The admissions office also hosts weekend information sessions, open houses and portfolio preview days during select times throughout the academic year. For more information and to make a reservation please visit

Please visit for graduate application deadlines and for detailed information on credit, non-credit, certificates and Pre-College programs.


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

Testing Policies


Regular — January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Talent / Ability

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

FIT prepares students for professional excellence in design and business through rigorous and adaptable academic programs, experiential learning, and innovative partnerships. FIT fosters creativity, career focus, and a global perspective and educates its students to embrace inclusiveness, sustainability, and a sense of community. Our innovative approach to education-experiential learning through professional critiques, industry competitions, internships and case studies---is the key to our students’ future success.

FIT’s liberal arts courses are creatively adapted to the needs of particular majors, and liberal arts minors are designed to balance each major’s specialty skill. Presidential Scholars, FIT’s honors program, offers a select group of high-achieving students specially designed liberal arts courses to stimulate their intellectual curiosity and creativity. Scholars receive a stipend and participate in a monthly colloquia series, annual retreats, and extracurricular and community service activities.

Majors and Degrees Offered

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 Business 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 including both subject-based and interdisciplinary.

School of Graduate Studies

Art Market, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management, Fashion Design, Exhibition and Experience Design, Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice, Global Fashion Management, and Illustration.

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


  • Basic Skills

  • Second Language Learning

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Franchising and Franchise Operations
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Marketing
  • Marketing Research
  • Special Products Marketing Operations
  • Specialized Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations, Other

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textile Manufacture
  • Apparel and Textiles, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Museology/Museum Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Commercial Photography
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


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

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Fall 2016-Spring 2017 Tuition per Semester

NY State Residents Non-NY State Residents
Associate-Level $2,295 $6,885
Baccalaureate-Level $3,235 $9,796
Graduate-Level $5,435 $11,105

Undergraduate room and board rates vary based on the number of residents per traditional halls/apartment-style housing. Rates depending on the housing selection and with/without meal plans range from $6,175 to $7,038 per semester for double rooms or quads.

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 FIT is committed to providing a superior education at an affordable cost and to helping students find a way to pay for it. Financial aid is available to citizen of the United States from a variety of sources including scholarships, grants, federal loans, and work-study. Endowed scholarships are donated to the FIT Foundation by many companies, organizations, and individuals to support our students. Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for need-based financial aid. International students are not eligible to be considered for federal, state or need-based financial aid at FIT.


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


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FIT’s over 9,500 students hail from across the country and around the world. They join a dynamic student body that includes full and part-time undergraduates, graduate students, non-traditional and on-line learners. Thirty percent of our full-time undergraduates live on campus in one of FIT’s four residence halls located on 27th Street across from all major campus facilities. Upperclassmen live on 33rd Street in an apartment-style residence hall just a few blocks from campus. Students also commute from home or live in off-campus housing in and around New York City.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



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


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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 undergraduate 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. FIT students studying abroad for a semester, year or summer term will also find suitable accommodations in major global centers.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The FIT campus is home to a creative community with diverse interests, talents, and backgrounds. With four undergraduate residence halls, two fitness centers, an intercollegiate athletics program, more than 60 clubs, and hundreds of on-campus activities, students find a wide range of resources for study, exploration, and fun. The David Dubinsky Student Center houses lounges, a game room, a dining hall, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, a student radio station, a student-run boutique, student government and club offices, health services, disability support services (FIT-ABLE), Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), gyms, a dance studio, a fitness center, a counseling center, studios, and laboratories. The FIT Career and Internship Center provides an array of services to current students, alumni and employers.

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. FIT students also benefit from the campuses close proximity to industries, corporations, and organizations that offer our students internships and jobs.

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

Joseph Plutz

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-wide Internet Network

Fee for Network Use

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

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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