Occupying an entire block in New York City, FIT places you at the heart of the fashion, advertising, visual arts, design, business, and communication industries. A State University of New York (SUNY) college of art and design, business, technology, and liberal arts, FIT offers programs leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees, all based on a blend of career-oriented studies and a solid liberal arts foundation.
Range of majors
You can select from a wide range of major study areas, from design and fashion to advertising and marketing communications to international business. Each distinct major combines the practical and theoretical, provides hands-on learning, and prepares you for the professional world. They reflect FIT’s unique and stimulating learning environment, which is alive with energy and filled with talented students and dedicated faculty who are also influential working professionals—business owners, designers, artists, and more. With class size limited to 25 students and a student-faculty ratio of 17:1, you’ll receive the kind of individual attention that will help you shine.
High-achieving high school seniors are eligible to apply for the Presidential Scholars honors program. Scholars will take specially designed liberal arts courses and participate in extracurricular art and cultural activities.
In addition to the Art History and Museum Professions and the Film and Media majors in the School of Liberal Arts, FIT’s foundation courses are creatively adapted to the needs of particular majors. Over 20 liberal arts minors are designed to balance each major’s special emphasis. Studying the liberal arts at FIT means honing skills in communication and critical thinking, gaining an in-depth understanding of humanities and natural and social sciences, and exploring the complexities of world cultures. This solid education will not only become the foundation for a great career—it will go far toward helping you grow into a more well-rounded and creative person.
Campus life is dynamic and vital. While many FIT students commute to campus, 2,300 undergraduate students call FIT home, choosing from traditional or apartment-style rooms in one of our four residence halls. The David Dubinsky Student Center houses a state-of-the-art fitness center, a student radio station, the Style Shop (an FIT student-run boutique), dance studio, laboratories, a Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, student government and club offices, and a counseling center. FIT has 14 intercollegiate teams, and you can choose from more than 60 clubs and organizations.
FIT’s international student body represents 77 countries around the globe. The top five countries include South Korea, China, India, Canada, and Japan.
New York City
Being an FIT student means having tremendous opportunities to learn, play, and explore the abundance of New York City from your home base in the lively Chelsea neighborhood. The city is our playground, our muse, and our extended campus. With theater, live music, galleries and museums, restaurants, and shopping, the city offers unparalleled opportunities to explore.
Internships and placement rates
FIT’s innovative approach to experiential learning—through professional critiques, industry-sponsored competitions, and internships—is the key to your future success. While our classroom dynamics reflect the real-world activities and attitudes of the showrooms, studios, or corporate offices in which you’ll one day work, our extensive internship program offers invaluable on-site experience with leading retailers, manufacturers, designers, ad agencies, radio and television networks, and consumer magazines.
Through internships we set the stage for passing on our connections and industry partnerships—and open the door for you to forge valuable relationships of your own. Nearly one-third of FIT student interns are offered employment when they complete their internships.
Ninety-three percent of FIT’s 2013–2014 bachelor’s degree recipients are employed, and 73% are in jobs related to their major area of study.
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a State University of New York (SUNY) college located in the heart of New York City. Our neighborhood is home to art galleries, museums, restaurants, and so much more. But that’s just the beginning. At FIT the entire city is our extended campus, and with its renowned cultural resources, it will expand your world in ways you never imagined.
Type of school: FIT is a public college of the State University of New York (SUNY) offering associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.
Size of Campus: One tree-lined city block on 27th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues
Number of Students:
8,280 degree-seeking undergraduates
1,163 non-degree undergraduates
179 graduate students
9,622 total students
Number of Faculty:
Full time: 229
Part time: 738
Student–faculty ratio: 17:1
Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: FIT offers 29 undergraduate majors in the School of Art and Design, the Baker School of Business and Technology, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers MA, MFA, and MPS degrees.
• Accessories Design
• Advertising and Marketing Communications
• Advertising Design
• Art History and Museum Professions
• Communication Design Foundation
• Computer Animation and Interactive Media
• Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing
• Direct and Interactive Marketing
• Entrepreneurship for the Fashion and Design Industries
• Fabric Styling
• Fashion Design
• Fashion Business Management
• Film and Media
• Fine Arts
• Graphic Design
• Home Products Development
• Interior Design
• International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries
• Jewelry Design
• Packaging Design
• Production Management: Fashion and Related Industries
• Technical Design
• Textile Development and Marketing
• Textile/Surface Design
• Toy Design
• Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design
Geographic Diversity: 62% New York State, 25% out of state, 13% international
International Student Services: FIT’s International Student Services office assists students with obtaining visa documents as well as identifying employment and internship opportunities.
International Student Budget: (All amounts per year)
Associate Level $ 13,770
Baccalaureate Level $ 19,592
Books, Supplies, and Miscellaneous* (average) $ 750
Traditional Room and Board With Meal Plan $13,386–$13,784
(Apartment-style housing without a meal plan is also available to undergraduate students, and rates vary according to individual room selections.)
Health insurance, technology, and activity fees $ 645
* Does not include program-specific lab fees and supplies
Financial Aid: Only US citizens/permanent residents are eligible for need/no-need–based financial aid or scholarships. International students may borrow under the Alternative Loan Program.
Test Score Requirements: SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission except for applicants interested in being considered for the Presidential Scholars honors program. SAT/ACT scores are used for placement. Non-native English speakers must submit scores from either the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE examinations.
Admission Requirements for the School of Art and Design: Applicants must submit a portfolio for admission to all majors in this school.
Application Deadlines and Fees: Fall application deadline: January 1; spring application deadline: October 1; $50 (non-refundable) application fee. Apply for admission at suny.edu/applysuny.