Fashion Institute of Technology: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn about the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About the Fashion Institute of Technology

Part of the State University of New York (SUNY) educational system, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a 4-year college offering programs focused on fashion, art and design. The campus is located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, which is within walking distance to the heart of the garment district and a short subway ride to Times Square.


The Fashion Institute of Technology's undergraduate degree offerings include Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts programs. Although most of FIT's associate's degree programs take two years to complete, the school also offers several 1-year associate's programs. FIT operates a 2 + 2 program, which means that students who plan on completing bachelor's degrees must first complete associate's degrees and then apply to bachelor's degree programs.

FIT offers programs in 36 majors, including several that are unique to FIT. For example, FIT hosts the only Associate of Applied Science in Menswear and the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fabric Styling in the United States. Also, FIT's bachelor's in toy design is the world's first accredited program in this subject. The most popular programs are in fashion merchandising, fashion design, advertising and commercial art.

FIT offers credit and non-credit certificate programs and a few Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts and Master of Professional Studies degrees.

While FIT's New York City location is convenient for those who want to intern with well-known fashion firms, FIT students can also study abroad in cities such as Paris, London, Milan and Hong Kong.


FIT suggests that students apply early due to the high volume and competition for FIT degree programs. If applying for the fall semester, applications must be in by January 1. The deadline for spring applications is October 1.

To apply to FIT, students must first apply to SUNY by completing an online application. Once students receive confirmation that their application has been received, they may submit supplemental information requirements to FIT, including essays and academic history information. Students should have their transcripts sent to FIT directly from schools where they originate. SAT or ACT scores are only required for students applying to the honors program.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates vary by level of degree and by state residency. The 2014-2015 tuition rate for residents of New York enrolled in associate's degree programs is $2,250 a semester, while the rate for non-residents is $6,750 a semester. The tuition rate increases for bachelor's degree programs. The per-semester rate for in-state bachelor's students is $3,085, while the rate for out-of-state students is $8,905. Students taking evening and weekend courses and those enrolled in courses during winter and summer sessions pay by the credit. Additionally, students pay health, recreation and activities fees.

Students considering on-campus housing have several options, which range in price from about $13,000 to $20,000 an academic year. These prices include a meal plan.

The FIT Foundation offers full and partial scholarships for students in their second year and beyond. Scholarships are available for students who demonstrate aptitude, academic achievement or need, and scholarships are also available for students attending study abroad programs. Additionally, FIT participates in federal and state student aid programs.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's and master's*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large City*
Student Body 9,848 undergraduates and 204 graduates in 2012*
Student Housing Four residence halls available to full-time students**
Schools and Programs Five Schools and 36 majors**
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2012: Associate's: Fashion merchandising (668)
Bachelor's: Fashion merchandising (350)
Master's: Fine arts and art studies (19)*
Overall Graduation Rate 70% within 150% of normal time*
Admission Rate 45% in 2012*
Entering Class Size 1,233 in Fall 2012**
First-Year Retention Rates 85% for full-time and 67% for part-time students*
Application Due Date Applications are due January 1 for fall semester; October 1 for spring semester**
Tuition (2014-2015) Associate's level: $4,500 per year for NY residents, and $13,500 for non-residents;
Bachelor's level: $6,170 per year for NY residents; $17,810 for non-residents**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2012: Federal grants (33%), state grants & scholarships (27%), institutional grants (15%), federal loans (45%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 69% in 2012*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Fashion Institute of Technology.

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