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Fashion Institute of Technology

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The State University of New York has an exciting and popular campus known as the Fashion Institute of Technology. Located in bustling New York City, the Fashion Institute of Technology, or FIT, is a campus devoted to the artistic, technological, and business-related education of students hoping to make their way in the fashion industry. Fashion, however, is not the only subject taught at FIT. Students who attend this college can receive associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in subjects such as illustration, interior design, fragrance production, fashion management, toy design, and much more.


Created by artists for artists, this school begins training students in the fashion and design arts immediately. Even in the liberal arts classes that must be taken to earn a degree, instructors emphasize the fashion and design arts and provide students with hands-on, practical tasks that will expand their knowledge and understanding of the design world.

Undergraduate Programs of Study

Undergraduate academic paths include thirty programs that are divided between two schools: the School of Art and Design and the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology. The degrees earned in the School of Art and Design emphasizes the creative process of fashion design, illustration, and accessory creation. The School of Business and Technology, on the other hand, gives students insights into managing a fashion or design business, developing marketing strategies, and learning about the technology behind fashion production. Whether a student wants to take on the creative aspect or the business aspect of the fashion world, he or she will find the education required at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Graduate and Adult Programs of Study

The creators of this institute believe that working adults should be provided with the chance to change their careers in a dramatic way. To assist adults, the school provides many degree programs that can be completed solely by attending night and weekend classes. The application and acceptance process is identical to regular study programs, and the quality of education is no different. Students who attend night and weekend courses can achieve bachelor’s degrees in Graphic Design, Illustration, Fashion Merchandising Management, and more.

Students who have already received a bachelor’s degree but wish to further their education to gain a leg up in a fiercely competitive workplace can pursue a master’s degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Students from across the world flock here to receive a Master of Arts in Exhibition Design or Fashion and Textile Studies or a Master of Fine Arts in Illustration. The master’s degree program courses are more intense and highly personalized. Students can expect to receive one-on-one attention from well-qualified instructors who are leaders in their particular industries.

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The admission process is highly selective. While nearly ten thousand students attend each year, this number is only a fraction of the thousands of students who apply. The application process, however, is very simple and admission counselors are more than willing to walk a prospective student through the process.

To begin, students must fill out an application online at the State University of New York’s website. The SUNY application process is very straightforward, and within a week, students will receive information regarding how to proceed with their application. Admittance is not dependent on SAT or ACT scores. These scores are only used to place students into the appropriate mathematics and English classes. However, students generally have a high school grade point average of 3.0 or above.

After the initial application to the State University of New York, students must submit additional materials to FIT. These materials include an academic history report or a high school transcript as well as an original essay submitted online. The essay provides prospective students with a chance to explain why they have chosen to pursue a career in fashion or design.

Students hoping to be accepted into the School of Art and Design must also submit a portfolio. This portfolio should be carefully designed and selected to provide the admission staff with the best and most accurate representation of a student’s skills and talent.

Financial Aid

State residents of New York will, of course, pay lower tuition costs than out of state students. However, the Financial Aid Office is adept at assisting students in managing the cost of post-secondary education. By filling out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the government can evaluate the cost of attendance and a student’s Expected Family Contribution. These values will let the Office of Financial Aid tell you exactly how much financial assistance the government will provide. Student loans and other scholarships can also be applied to tuition. The Office of Financial Aid has a wealth of information that can make college affordable for any student.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2574th for the average student loan amount.
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Local Community

The school’s website boasts “our campus is Manhattan.” Because the campus lies in the heart of New York City, students are surrounded constantly by a wealth of opportunities and resources that can help them on their career journeys. With fashion expos, art galleries, live theater, unlimited shopping, and more, students find themselves transplanted directly into the center of the American fashion scene. No other school can beat the location.


Notable alumni include:

  • Calvin Klein, the founder of Calvin Klein, Incorporated
  • Joel Schumacher, film director and producer
  • Nina Garcia, editor of Marie Claire Magazine and Project Runway judge
  • Brian Atwood, shoe designer

Additional School Information

The students are actively involved in service projects and humanitarian efforts. Through social clubs and student organizations, students are encouraged to get involved with the community and “give back” to those who have encountered destruction or devastation in their lives. Students are part of a unique community that forms lasting relationships and contacts that remain throughout their professional journeys. A student will not only receive an outstanding education: he or she will also graduate with numerous relationships that may lead to careers.

Information Summary

Ranks 157th in New York and 1693rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 4 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 29,829 0.36
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 515 0.01
Forcible Rape 1,092 0.01
Robbery 19,773 0.24
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 18,159 0.22
Larceny 112,864 1.37
Vehicle theft 9,434 0.11

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near New York, NY 10001-5992
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population17,310 (17,310 urban / N/A rural)
Households8,941 (1.72 people per house)
Median Household Income$40,932
Families2,694 (2.77 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work required2
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3612

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1287th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,247 $5,247 $14,823
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $680 $680 $680
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $219 $219 $618
FT Graduate Tuition $9,698 $9,698 $18,084
FT Graduate Required Fees $680 $680 $680
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $404 $404 $754
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,773 $21,773 $30,623
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $26,950 $26,950 $35,800
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,498 $10,498 $19,348

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,459 $4,790 $4,459 $4,790 $12,407 $13,190
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,750(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,307 $12,598
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,100(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $15,595 $17,995
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,100(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,935 $3,535

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,449 (626 male / 3,823 female)
Admitted 1,995 (276 male / 1,719 female)
Admission rate 45%
First-time Enrollment 1,233 (172 male / 1,061 female)
FT Enrollment 1,212 (165 male / 1,047 female)
PT Enrollment 21 (7 male / 14 female)
Total Enrollment9,755

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,300
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$8,723
Board Fee$4,095

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 576 211 457 316 5 1,734 30 3,456
Advertising 63 41 81 28 1 284 3 520
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 2 2 4 4 1 4 17
Apparel and Textile Manufacture 14 8 15 13 49 5 109
Apparel and Textiles, General 2 1 5 2 17 28
Commercial Photography 5 3 8 6 61 2 87
Commercial and Advertising Art 36 2 24 16 124 2 214
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other 1 2 5 8
Fashion Merchandising 134 69 123 66 2 591 2 1,018
Fashion Modeling 12 1 4 3 13 33
Fashion/Apparel Design 183 43 75 83 1 257 6 674
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 9 1 9 19
Fine and Studio Arts Management 2 4 5 11
Fine/Studio Arts, General 6 6 17 5 46 1 88
Graphic Design 5 2 6 10 20 1 44
Illustration 15 10 34 15 69 150
Industrial and Product Design 5 9 8 12 1 38
Interior Design 32 5 12 20 53 1 127
International Business/Trade/Commerce 5 1 2 3 4 1 16
International Marketing 21 11 20 18 38 1 116
Marketing Research 1 3 4 1 12 23
Metal and Jewelry Arts 20 2 3 4 27 57
Museology/Museum Studies 1 1
Photography 1 1 1 3
Special Products Marketing Operations 3 1 2 16 22
Specialized Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations, Other 1 5 6 16 3 33

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 389th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $90,169 ($90,257 male / $88,916 female)
Number of FT Faculty 240 (112 male / 128 female)
Number of PT Faculty 944
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $18,306,114

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