Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York City, 10001-5992

(212) 217-7481

men 1,001/women 4,607
men 1,331/women 4,757
Graduate School:
men 13/women 17

Number who applied:
Number accepted:
Number enrolled:
Freshman retention rate:

$5,996 (+ $210 activity fee)
Room and Board:
Fees, books, misc.:
$2,700-2,900 (approx.)

Freshmen receiving aid:
Average financial aid package:

60% Liberal Arts
20% college

Student-faculty ratio:

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Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York City, 10001-5992

College Description
The Fashion Institute of Technology is a New York City institution, as much a part of the urban landscape as the Empire State Building or Times Square. Now an international leader in career education, FIT began 55 years ago as a bold experiment. Its founders envisioned an industry-based educational institution like none that had ever existed before. The experiment was an amazing success, and the impossible dream' came true.

Today, FIT is a college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York. Its broad curriculum is based on and strengthened by its roots in fashion and industry. Many programs — some offered nowhere else in the U.S. or even the world — reflect emerging fields such as international trade, direct marketing, and toy design. The faculty is a world-class assembly of practicing professionals committed to delivering an education that is exciting, up-to-date, and relevant to today's marketplace.

Academic Life
FIT's academic programs prepare students for creative and/or executive careers in the fashion and related professions and industries. Choosing from 30 curricula in art and design, business and technology, FIT offers certificate, AAS (one- and two-year), BFA, BS, and master's degree programs that emphasize development of creativity, technical proficiency, self-awareness, and responsiveness to others. Emphasizing its focus on career preparation, the college also offers comprehensive internship and mentorship programs in many of the majors; design critic courses for fashion, menswear, and accessories design students; capstone courses requiring professional crits'; and courses that offer real-life' assignments. Beyond the classroom, FIT has an outstanding study abroad program. True to a globally oriented philosophy, FIT provides the opportunity to study in Italy, France, England, Japan, Brazil, India, and elsewhere around the world. Fashion Design students may earn a degree studying in both Florence, Italy, and New York.

Campus Life
Manhattan is FIT's campus. Situated on the city's west side in the art haven of Chelsea with the garment industry also at its doors, FIT offers a world of personal and professional growth for any student interested in design or one of the many design-related businesses. From the 27th Street and Seventh Avenue campus, FIT is in the middle of one of the city's liveliest neighborhoods, and is within walking distance of New York's biggest attractions and best kept secrets. Extracurricular life on campus is a reflection of the city, with a diversity of student programs and activities sponsored through Residential Life or FIT's Student Association. FIT also provides students with more than 60 extracurricular teams, clubs, and honor societies. Outside class, students can get involved with activities from the college newspaper and radio station to a wide selection of career-oriented and special interest organizations to volunteer groups.

Facilities and Resources
Unlike many colleges in Manhattan, FIT's campus is conveniently situated within two city blocks. The modern facility features five academic and administrative buildings (each with several student resources), and three dormitories, home to more than 1200 students. A variety of special industry-standard facilities, including a toy design workshop, lighting laboratory, and fragrance studio, are unique to the FIT campus and are integral to students' professional development in an academic setting. FIT's computer center provides students access to contemporary and emerging technologies and software, including the latest graphic design applications, computer-aided design, and fast access to the internet. The Museum at FIT, the premier chronicler of contemporary fashion, provides a one-of-a-kind costume showcase and historical index. An outstanding calendar of museum exhibitions, reflecting the college's academic offerings, garner attention worldwide. The David Dubinsky Student Center complements campus life with various resources, including newly renovated dining services and campus store. The Gladys Marcus Library houses a collection of more than 128,000 titles, with specialized areas for interior design, textiles, as well as an exceptional special collections library of rare books and materials.

FIT hosts a variety of competitive athletic programs. On the intercollegiate level, FIT is a member of the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association and is home to a league champion Division III women's basketball team. There are also bowling, tennis, volleyball, boosters, and cheerleading teams. FIT also features many intramural level sports programs for basketball, volleyball, bowling, tennis, and others. In addition, FIT features training facilities with two gymnasiums, free-weight and exercise equipment, locker rooms and preparation areas, and studios for aerobics, dance, yoga, martial arts, and a variety of fitness programs.

Financial Aid
An unusual program of sponsorship between the City and State of New York enables FIT to maintain comparatively low tuition rates. FIT attempts to remove financial barriers to college entrance by providing scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment for students in financial need. FIT directly administers its own institutional grants and scholarships, which are provided by the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries. The college will try to meet students' needs by forming a financial aid package from institutional scholarships and federal grants, loans, and College Work-Study Program awards. All applicants for financial aid must file a Financial Aid Form (FAF) on which they apply for the Pell Grant, and must also file other material that the Financial Aid Office will supply upon request.

Admission Requirements
FIT selects candidates with aptitude in creativity and execution skills in the fashion, design, and communications fields. For study in the Art and Design Division, demonstrated artistic talent and achievements that predict success on the college level are valued. Candidates for admission to the AAS two-year degree programs must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent or be a candidate for a diploma, and they must submit a high school transcript showing class average or rank in class. A portfolio evaluation is required of all students who apply for an art or design program. Recommendations of teachers, guidance counselors, and principals are considered. The bachelor's degree programs have been structured as an additional two years of study in the upper-division for specific majors in the associate-level programs. External applicants will be considered for the upper division if they have completed an associate degree or at least 60 credits in an equivalent program. A departmental recommendation is a required of all BS candidates; BFA candidates must submit a portfolio for review by a departmental committee. Academic standing and personal interviews are considered in evaluating applications for admission to either program.

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