Fashion Institute of Technology

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Seventh Avenue at 27th Street

New York, NY 10001-5992

Phone: (212) 217-7999
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jan. 1
application deadline

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Fashion Institute of Technology is a public institution that was founded in 1944. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,848, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 5 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,105 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,955 (2013-14).

The Fashion Institute of Technology is a State University of New York (SUNY) school that focuses on art and design education. Undergraduate degree options include Marketing for the Fashion Industries, Toy Design, Menswear, Fashion Merchandising, and Computer Animation and Interactive Media. Though the majors at FIT are specialized, students are also required to take liberal arts courses. Outside of class, there are more than 50 student organizations to check out, from the Break Dancing Club to the Model Workshop. Students can also get involved in the school’s athletic teams, which compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region XV.

The FIT campus is in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, where students can apply for university housing. Because there are not enough spaces for everyone, housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The school also assists students in finding off-campus apartments throughout New York City. Women make up more than three quarters of the student body. Many graduates of FIT have risen to the top of their respective fields, including notable alumni such as Leslie Blodgett, president and CEO of the Bare Escentuals makeup line; Fran Boller, apparel director of Nike’s Jordan brand; and Edward Menicheschi, vice president and publisher of Vanity Fair.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is New York's celebrated urban college for creative and business talent. A State University of New York (SUNY) college of art and design, business and technology, FIT is a competitive institution with a reputation for excellence, and provides a superior education at an affordable cost. Known worldwide as the premier institution for fashion and related professions, FIT has nearly 50 programs spanning a wide variety of fields; from computer animation to direct marketing, toy design to international trade, interior design to cosmetics and fragrance marketing. FIT offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees, and has more than 10,000 students studying full time, part time, online, and in the evening and on weekends. FIT's singular approach to higher education marries design to business and balances experiential learning with a core of traditional liberal arts courses, providing students with a global perspective, critical thinking skills, and the ability to communicate effectively. Home to a rich mix of innovative achievers, creative thinkers, and industry pioneers, FIT is deeply connected to New York City. Located in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, the college is at the heart of the fashion, advertising, visual arts, design, business, and communications industries. FIT makes extensive use of the creative, commercial, and cultural resources of the city. Students gain unparalleled exposure to their field through an internship program that offers opportunities with leading retailers, manufacturers, designers, radio and television networks, consumer magazines, and corporations; from MTV to Bloomingdale's to Vogue magazine, just to name a few. FIT's connections to a wide range of professionals provides students with frequent guest lecturers by industry leaders, field trips to board rooms and showrooms, and sponsored competitions that provide real-world experience. The institution's faculty is drawn from New York City's industry professionals, who infuse a hands-on teaching approach with expertise and creativity. The dynamic curriculum responds to the changing needs of today's competitive marketplace and FIT graduates become business pacesetters and creative icons. Successful alumni provide inspiration and opportunity through their participation as lecturers, program advisors, and mentors. Each program has produced outstanding alumni: fashion designers such as Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Norma Kamali, and Nanette Lepore; Marie Claire creative director Nina Garcia; interior designer Tony Chi; Vanity Fair Vice President and Publisher Edward Menicheschi; and cosmetics entrepreneur Leslie Blodgett. An FIT degree is a bridge to a successful career and an international network. FIT offers fashion design and fashion merchandising programs in Florence and Milan and provides students with other study-abroad opportunities in Asia, Europe, South America, and Australia. Nearly one-third of student interns are offered employment on completion of their internships. The college has more than 70 clubs that contribute to a vibrant student life. The campus comprises numerous industry-specific computer labs, four residence halls, a spacious dining hall, athletic facilities, and a Barnes & Noble bookstore. The college is also home to The Museum at FIT, the only museum in New York City dedicated to the art of fashion, with one of the world's most important collections of costumes and textiles. FIT is an accredited institutional member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1944
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $28,318,346


When applying to Fashion Institute of Technology, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1. The application fee at Fashion Institute of Technology is $50. It has an an acceptance rate of 44.8 percent.

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Selectivity N/A
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 44.8%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Fashion Institute of Technology is 17:1, and the school has 37.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Fashion Institute of Technology include: Visual and Performing Arts; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; and Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.5 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 72%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 41%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 38%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 16%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 4%
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1%

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Student Life

Fashion Institute of Technology has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,848, with a gender distribution of 15.5 percent male students and 84.5 percent female students. At this school, 28 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 72 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 10,052
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Fashion Institute of Technology offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Fashion Institute of Technology also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Fashion Institute of Technology.

Students who have cars on campus 0%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Fashion Institute of Technology, 50.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,199.

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In-state tuition and fees $5,105 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $13,955 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,598 (2012-13)
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