Fashion Institute of Technology

227 W 27th St, New York, NY

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One of New York City’s premier public institutions, FIT is an internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business. We’re known for our rigorous, unique, and adaptable academic programming, experiential learning opportunities, academic and industry partnerships, and commitment to research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. While our pedagogical mission is to prepare our students for professional excellence in design and business, our broader ethos is to foster creativity, inspire leadership, impart a global perspective, and educate students to embrace inclusiveness, commit to sustainability, and engage with community. We encourage students, scholars, teachers, and industry colleagues to cross traditional boundaries of both geography and disciplines. Together we strive to develop innovative design and strategic business solutions that will upend the status quo, create personal and professional opportunity, and have a lasting and sustainable global impact.

Questions and Answers about Fashion Institute of Technology

Ambra B.
6 months ago
What is the average cost of attendance for international students at Fashion Institute of Technology?
Fashion Institute of Technology
You can find the average cost of attendance at the following link under the out-of-state rate
Ambra B.
6 months ago
Does the price of tuition change based on the major?
Fashion Institute of Technology
Some majors may have additional materials needed for various assignments but the tuition rate remains the same. FIT is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) so there is both an in-state and out-of-state tuition rate. Additionally, FIT has a 2+2 structure so there is one tuition rate for the associate level study during the first two years and a different tuition rate for the bachelor's level of study during the last two years. You can find a cost breakdown here:
Taylor C.
6 months ago
Where can I find information about transferring requirements?
Fashion Institute of Technology
You can find admissions information for transfer applicants here:
Jennifer Arielle T.
6 months ago
What are some companies your students and alumni have gone to work for?
Fashion Institute of Technology
Depends on the major. There are FIT graduates working for most of the large brands you've heard of and interact with daily and some that are not as widely known.
Jennifer Arielle T.
6 months ago
How does FIT ensure safety for your students?
Fashion Institute of Technology
FIT occupies one city square block in the heart of Chelsea. The campus is regularly patroled by Public Safety officers 24/7. When students join this community there are also several seminars that cover emergency preparedness and strategies for remaining alert and safe in the city.
Sarah S.
6 months ago
How does Fashion Institute of Technology help connect students to internships?
Fashion Institute of Technology
Students are available to start participating in internships in their second year of study. You will meet with an advisor in the Career and Internship Center who will review your resume and the different opportunities in the FIT database based on your area of interest.
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Majors offered at Fashion Institute of Technology

Biggest majors
Specialized Sales, Merchandising and Marketing Operations
Specialized Sales, Merchandising and Marketing Operations
Design and Applied Arts

Academics at Fashion Institute of Technology

Student Faculty Ratio
16 to 1
Somewhat Selective (53% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Public 4-year institution

Demographics for Fashion Institute of Technology Students

Ethnicity BreakdownAsianBlackCaucasianHispanicMiddle EasternNative AmericanPacific Islander
Fashion Institute of Technology Students15%27%33%35%2%2%1%
All College Students11%21%37%25%2%2%1%
Gender breakdown
Fashion Institute of Technology Students
< 7% Gender nonconforming
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Common careers for Fashion Institute of Technology students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Senior Graphic Designer71k
Product Development Manager70k
Marketing Manager69k
Fashion Designer66k
Technical Designer, Apparel65k
raphic Designer52k
Assistant Fashion Designer42k
Based on 7,637 student responses
54.3kAvg. Early Career Pay
107.9kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
28%in High-Meaning careers

Net price of attending Fashion Institute of Technology

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Student reviews of Fashion Institute of Technology

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Recommended by

100% of students

Known for

LGBTQ+ friendly
Close to activities in a city
Safe campus
Diverse and Inclusive
Great internship and research opportunities
Joanne Petit-Frere
Upcycling and Recycling
Sewing + 1 other



The beautiful storm of creativity, business, and self-expression on campus makes me excited to return to the world of Fashion and Business.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I didn’t take it seriously when I first attended since I didn’t have much freedom in Highschool socially. That ultimately hurt me as I flunked out. Now that I’m back, I am stronger and more confident and creative than ever!

Olivia Reeves
Painting and Studio Art
Drawing And Illustration
Ice Skating



The Fashion Institute is a wonderful school to attend if you're passionate about your interests. The professors here take education very seriously, and the school offers many different courses. Personally, I have enjoyed my time here, although it has only been one and a half semesters. My classes are enjoyable and I get along with the professors fairly well. I have learned a lot about my major and have many resources readily available to me in the city. Overall, I would recommend this school to others that are pursuing a future in fine arts like me.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

One of the downsides to FIT is some of the residential and dining hall staff. They are difficult to communicate with, and your questions won't always get answered. Keep this in mind when applying to on-campus housing.

Madeliene Philippe
Painting and Studio Art
Reading + 13 others



I had the best Professors my senior year. I learned and matured a lot during my college experiences. I feel more prepared now that I almost finished my degree and I am still eager to learn more! I love all the opportunities FIT offers. I wish I would have joined more clubs because there are a lot of interesting ones to choose from.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I should have switched my major being that fashion business management does not meet my needs for what I would like to pursue as a career. Buying and planning is not my passion. To add, the school is a majority female, however, I knew that going into this school.

Destinee Smiling
Costume Design
Art + 1 other



There are a lot of pros and cons with this college, but the main pro is the connections you build with other students. It can be hard to socialize with everyone, especially as a commuter; but those with who you are able to network and build friendships will last for a long time.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

To some degree, they don't care about lower-income students. Particularly the professors.

Clea Revette
Video Editing and Production
Painting and Studio Art
Art + 7 others



The quality of education was one of the greatest factors influencing my decision to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. Many of the professors have prior industry experience and it is extremely beneficial for a student to hear and learn about what the industry is like outside of school. FIT is an excellent place to learn, grow, expand your career and achieve your wildest goals.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Social life at FIT can be iffy due to the busy schedules of many of the students. The workload can become overwhelming but is manageable.

Madeline Jankowski
Politics and Political Science
Advocacy And Activism
Fashion + 2 others



Being in the city is a one-of-a-kind experience that can't be beaten elsewhere, especially for fashion. The opportunities are endless between internships and hands-on experience in the fashion industry. There is so much to learn and incredible people to learn from and learn about. Sure, not all the dorms have AC, but I'll take being a little toasty for a semester or so if it means I'm benefitting from my experience in the apparel market for the rest of my life.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

There's a lot of competition. It will feel intimidating and you'll never feel like you're doing enough, but you'll only feel this way if you don't assure yourself that it's unnecessary to compare yourself to others. Go into your experience with confidence and a level head. Keep sight of what you value and what you're working towards.