New York, NY
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$13,190 ($4,790)
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Reviews 1182 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I struggled to get my instate residency so school would be cheaper for me but it ended up that I was not able to be an instate resident despite living in New York City for many years. I did not receive much financial aid and am working on paying off my numerous loans.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The campus at FIT was really nice. It's very small but close-knit. I mostly would spend my time in the computer center researching or doing work. Also, FIT has the fashion and design museum which is definitely worth taking a look. They change it twice a year and it always has incredible displays.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Again, the museum at FIT is definitely unique to it. But as a fashion school it also offers a wonderful mixture of fashion, advertising and business classes available for students to take. I studied merchandising but was also able to take a PR class which I really enjoyed.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food actually isn't bad and there are a lot of healthy options. We have fresh sushi, vegan food, and really good pizza. It's not too pricey. I personally didn't have a meal plan, I just put money on my campus card and used declining balance. There's naked juice, hummus, fruit cups, water, tea, and tons of different snack options. There's also a salad bar too. We also have a starbucks in the dining hall which is definitely the best part.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: It's New York. I guess that's enough said.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am an FMM major. All of our professors are industry professionals and have had personal fashion experience, not just people who've read textbooks and decided to teach. Most of our professors are still in the industry. They have a lot of knowledge, but beware a lot of them can be stuck up. You have to take everything with a grain of salt and grow thick skin because our professors definitely don't baby us. There are study abroad opportunities and tons of internships available if you ask at the Internship Center. We get free WWD membership to keep up on the industry. Since it's a business major or work isn't necessarily as physical as sewing clothes and doing art and design work, but we do spend a lot of time writing papers and sticking our noses in our textbooks.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: We have a very diverse selection of classes. We have everything from African Art History to Fencing to Watercolor classes. Our curriculums are carefully selected to make sure we get in everything we need to know. However, you do need to get out there and do research on your own about your profession or when it comes to choosing internships and jobs. You HAVE TO be proactive. Workload can be a lot if you're a design major, and being a business major comes with writing papers, reports, studying, and sitting in a classroom for hours on end just taking notes, doing math, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Transportation is obviously pretty good in NYC. Many students to to bars or clubs on the weekends. Perhaps you'll be able to find friends at NYU or Columbia (even though Columbia is kind of far) and party there.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: We have both PC and mac labs and I believe in the dorms there are more computers. Most of the macs have up to date software that any student can use. Tech support sucks and the wifi isn't great, but it's not a terrible situataion. Although the wifi is slow at times, it works generally and there aren't really a whole lot of problems with it. You have to pay to print. Having your own computer is important for class work, especially if computer labs are full. The design students tend to use the Mac labs more often because they have a lot of work to do on Adobe programs. You won't really be able to use them for personal or social media use because we tend to be busy with class work on those. So I suggest investing in a good computer for personal use and school work because depending on your major you're really going to need it.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have very few athletic sports and even fewer people that participate. FIT isn't really an athletic school so it makes sense. We have personal gyms to work out in and I think two gymnasiums for group sports or sports classes but it isn't a huge part of FIT life. We also have 0 school spirit. Majority of the students here are career oriented and put more focus on that aspect of their lives, which is pretty typical for any FIT student. I think we all prefer to dip our toes in the pool of the fashion industry rather than concern ourselves with other school activities.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: 99% of the students that come here are totally willing and ready to live in NYC. For most of us it's a dream. Personally, I love it here. I love taking the subway, the fast pace of the city, the buildings, parks, everything. The only people that bring it down are the girls who see pictures of NYC on tumblr or something and have some pipe dream of falling in love on the A train and think that walking around taking pictures of everything is going to earn you brownie points.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Our school is VERY liberal when it comes to the dress code. Obviously since it's a fashion school everyone dresses pretty nice. A lazy outfit for an FIT student is generally a pretty nice outfit for someone at a typical college like Penn State, etc. 90% of the students here are very determined and as freshman are already getting involved with jobs, internships, networking opportunities, designing their own clothes, etc. Students are generally very busy so having a social life won't be an abundant part part of the college experience. Students here can be incredibly stuck up or have a sense of entitlement or being better than others but that only makes up around 40% of people.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Our campus isn't a partying campus so while physically on campus or in the dorms, there isn't a lot of girls getting drunk here. However, many students go to clubs or bars with fake IDs and get their fix there. However, being on campus itself is pretty safe.

3 College Student

Guys & Girls: Students are very interesting and artsy but there are almost no guys. That is hard to get used to.

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3 College Student

Majors: FIT has an intensive application process that includes multiple essays and very specific portfolio requirements. Start as early as possible in order to have time to contact the school with any questions that may arise.

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4 College Student

Majors: There are amazing internship opportunities and I can't imagine getting a better art education. However, the workload is heavy and time management has to revolve around your homework load.

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There is lots of diversity when it comes to dining in the heart of New York City! However cost is somewhat high when you're on a college budget.

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4 College Student

Academics: FIT offers many art internship at the heart of the industry and it's easy to make connections.

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4 College Student

Academics: The professors all have real-life experience in the art area that they are teaching so the education is exquisite. Many of the general education requirements are geared towards art and fashion.

5 College Student

Drug Safety: We have a very strict dry campus that students do not violate. To partake in substance use, students would have to find drugs and alcohol elsewhere.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Some people have unique style and others are average students.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: I do not know because I bring my own laptop to school.

5 College Junior

Facilities: We are really lucky to go to school in NYC and experience everything the city has to offer at such a young age. The internship opportunities are endless.

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3 College Junior

Computers: We have a few computer labs spread out across campus, but they get extremely crowded. All computer labs have Macs and PCs which come in handy depending on your major. It costs 10 cents per page to print black and white and 90 cents to print color.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are security guards everywhere you look. In order to get into the buildings you have to show your ID. I have never felt unsafe on campus

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Kristen Babson
Charlotte, NC
Fashion Merchandising Management
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The majority of students agrees that the quality of education they receive extends beyond the price that is paid. The FIT faculty has extensive knowledge of the industry and delivers real-world experience to students. Students are also given the chance to expand their learning outside of the New York City classroom, with internships and study abroad programs. Those students who tend to look negatively at FIT are those who are uninvolved and do not take advantage of what the school has to offer.

With the lack of a social scene, lack of a real campus, and the overwhelming amount of girls, students overlook these aspects and value the experiences and opportunities instead. New York City is where dreams can happen. If you stay focused and work hard, you will develop skills and confidence that will lead to a successful career.

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