Fashion Institute of Technology (Two-Year College)

Fashion Institute of Technology (Two-Year College)

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $6,670 | $20,192
in-state | out-of-state
January 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


The Fashion Institute of Technology

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is New York's celebrated urban college for creative and business talent. A selective State University of New York (SUNY) college of art and design, business, and technology, FIT is a creative mix of innovative achievers, original thinkers, and industry pioneers. FIT provides a singular approach to higher education, balancing a real-world-based curriculum and hands-on instruction with a rigorous liberal arts foundation. The college marries design and business, supports individual creativity in a collaborative environment, and encourages faculty members to match teaching expertise with professional experience. It offers a complete college experience with a vibrant student and residential life.

With an extraordinary location at the center of New York City -- world capital of the arts, business, and media -- FIT maintains close ties with the design, fashion, advertising, communications, and international commerce industries it serves. Academic departments consult with advisory boards of noted experts in their fields, to ensure that the curriculum and classroom technology remain current with evolving industry practices. The college's faculty of successful professionals brings experience to the classroom, while field trips, guest lectures, and sponsored competitions introduce students to the opportunities and challenges of their disciplines.

The Program

FIT's mission is to produce well-rounded graduates-doers and thinkers who raise the professional bar to become the next generation of business pacesetters and creative icons. The college serves approximately 10,000 full-time, part-time, and evening/weekend students from the metropolitan area, New York State, across the country, and around the world, offering more than 40 programs leading to the A.A.S., B.F.A., B.S., M.A., M.F.A., and M.P.S. degrees.

Each undergraduate program includes a core of traditional liberal arts courses, providing students with a global perspective, critical-thinking skills, and the ability to communicate effectively.

The School of Liberal Arts offers FIT students the opportunity to minor in a variety of liberal arts areas in 2 forms: traditional subject-based minors and interdisciplinary minors unique to the FIT liberal arts curriculum. Liberal arts minors include Asian Studies, Communication Studies, Dance and Performing Arts, Economics, English: Literature and/or Writing, Fashion Studies, Film and Media Studies, French, History of Art, International Politics, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Studies, Mathematics, Psychology, and Spanish.

All degree programs are designed to prepare students for creative and business careers--the college's Career and Internship Center, which offers lifetime placement, reports a graduate employment rate of 90 percent--and to provide them with the prerequisite studies so they may go on to baccalaureate, master's, or doctoral degrees.


Internships are a required element of most programs and are available to all matriculated students. More than one third of FIT student internships result in employment offers by the sponsoring organization; past sponsors include American Eagle, Bloomingdale's, Calvin Klein, Estee Lauder, Fairchild Publications, MTV, and Saatchi and Saatchi.

Honors Program

The Presidential Scholars honors program, available to academically exceptional students in all majors, offers special liberal arts courses, projects, colloquia, and off-campus trips that broaden horizons and stimulate discourse. Presidential Scholars enjoy priority course registration and are awarded an annual merit stipend.


Occupying an entire block in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, the Fashion Institute of Technology makes extensive use of the city's creative, commercial, and cultural resources, providing students with unrivaled internship opportunities and professional connections. A wide range of cultural and entertainment options -- from dining to galleries to theater -- are available within a short walk of the campus, as is convenient access to several subway and bus routes and the city's major rail and bus transportation hubs.


FIT's four residence halls house 2,300 students in fully furnished single-, double-, triple-, and quad-occupancy rooms and suits. Students may apply for housing no matter where they live. Students have the option of either traditional or apartment-style accommodations. Various dining options and meal plans are available. On-campus housing features 24-hour security, work rooms and lounges, wireless internet, cable TV, and laundry facilities. There are no monthly charges and utilities are included. Counselors and student staff members live in the halls, helping students adjust to college life and New York City.

Study Abroad Programs

The study abroad experience provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in diverse cultures and prepares them to live and work in a global community. Australia, China, England, France, and Mexico are some of the countries where FIT semester study abroad courses are offered. Students can also study abroad during the winter or summer sessions, or for a semester or a full academic year concentrating in fashion design or fashion merchandising management in Italy.


The Fashion Institute of Technology's faculty is drawn from top professionals in academia, art, design, communications, and business, providing a curriculum rich in real-world experience and traditional educational values. Student-instructor interaction is encouraged, with a maximum class size of 25, and courses are structured to foster participation, independent thinking, and self-expression.

Student Activities

Participation in campus life is encouraged, and the college is home to more than 70 clubs, societies, and athletic teams--everything from major-related organizations to hobby groups to a ski and snowboard club. Each organization is open to all students who have paid their activity fee. Concerts, dances, field trips, films, flea markets, and other events are planned by the Student Association and Programming Board and the various FIT clubs throughout the year. Student-run publications include a campus newspaper, a literary and art magazine, and the FIT yearbook.

Student Government

The Student Council, the governing body of the Student Association, grants all students the privileges and responsibilities of citizens in a self-governing college community. Faculty committees often include student representatives, and the president of the student government sits on FIT's Board of Trustees.


FIT has intercollegiate teams in cross-country, half marathon, outdoor track, dance, table tennis, tennis, soccer, swimming and diving, and volleyball. Athletics and recreation offers group fitness classes at no extra cost to students. Classes include cardio sculpting, boxing, and yoga. Open gym activities allow students to participate in team and individual sports.

Location & Contact

Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York, NY 10001-5992
United States

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Business/marketing
    • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fashion Merchandising
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fashion Modeling
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • International Marketing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing Research
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations Related (Specialized)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Products Marketing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication technologies
    • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Advertising
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Apparel and Textile Manufacturing
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Commercial and Advertising Art
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Commercial Photography
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Applied Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fashion/Apparel Design
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine and Studio Arts Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Illustration
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial and Product Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Design
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Metal and Jewelry Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.


47% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied4,739
    • Accepted2,229
    • Acceptance Rate47%
    • Enrolled8,661
    • Female Applicants3,937
    • Females Accepted1,896
    • Female Acceptance Rate48%
    • Male Applicants802
    • Males Accepted333
    • Male Acceptance Rate41%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $50
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some portfolio for art and design programs
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.60
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 1st April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer January 1st April 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$6,670
    • Out-of-state tuition *$20,192
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$793
    • Room and board *$13,945
    • Room only *$9,291
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students8,661
    • Male Student Percentage15%
    • Female Student Percentage85%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino19%
    • Black or African American9.4%
    • White or Caucasian44.35%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.12%
    • Asian11.29%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.24%
    • Two or more races3.43%
    • Unknown or International Student.67%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students31% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 21%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Soccer No No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Table Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Table Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball No Division 3 No


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty1,116
    • Full-time Percentage21%
    • Part-time Percentage79%
    • Female Percentage53%
    • Male Percentage47%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio15:1 or 8,846 students to 1,116 faculty



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