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Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
7,154
Tuition (in-state)
$13,190 ($4,790)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: It is tight knit and a wonderful way to study what you love.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Art and Design students mixed with the Business school

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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 Student

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

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 170th
    Best Course Variety
  • 281st
    Best Online Course Options
  • 740th
    Smartest Professors
  • 908th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 1134th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen Babson
Hometown
Charlotte, NC
Major
Fashion Merchandising Management
Grad Year
2013
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FIT thrives in having an academic curriculum that reflects what is happening every day in corporate offices, showrooms, and studios all over the world. What is unique about the academics at FIT is that from day one, you are learning about your chosen field. The courses offer "real life" assignments, and the projects are not out of a textbook. What you do in the classroom will be what you do in the future. Students have the option of entering the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology or the School of Art and Design. With more than 30 undergraduate majors, ranging from all different areas within the fashion industry and beyond, you're sure to find a major that best suits you and your interests.

The faculty at FIT delivers information straight from the industry, as all instructors are nationally and internationally recognized for their contribution to the industry. The professors are dedicated to enriching the education experience of the students. Although the professors are heavily knowledged individuals, their working lives give them little to no time to engage with students outside of the classroom.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
17:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
239
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
738
Total FT Faculty
239
Faculty with Terminal Degree
73%
Average Faculty Salary
$88,617
Full-Time Retention Rate
85%
Part-Time Retention Rate
67%
Transfer-Out Rate
12%
Graduation Rate
72%
Programs/Majors Offered
23
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 37%
  • 20 to 49 students: 63%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): Yes
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Jay and Patty¬†Baker School of Business and Technology
  • School of Art and Design
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • School of Liberal Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Advertising: 7%
  • Commercial and Advertising Art: 4%
  • Fashion and Apparel Design: 9%
  • Fashion and Apparel Merchandising: 15%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social sciences
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Honors program
  • Internships
Online Courses
The number of online courses is growing each semester. Many students like the option of having online classes, giving them more time to work or have an internship.
Best Places to Study
  • Benches outside of FIT
  • A Building, seventh floor
  • C Building lounge
  • Cafeteria
  • Local restaurants and coffee shops
  • School library
Tips to Succeed
  • Attend the special events that are exclusive to FIT students.
  • FIT offers internship and study abroad opportunities that aren't available anywhere else, so take advantage.
  • Learn the layout of New York City and the subway system as soon as possible.
  • Network with professors; most of them are in the industry and know somebody who knows somebody.
Did You Know?
  • FIT has the world's first accredited degree program for toy design.
  • SATs and ACTs are not required for admission to FIT. They are, however, required for the Honors Program and are useful in regards to FIT's college placement exams.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 29% Michael Kors - fashion designer
  • 14% Nina Garcia - "Project Runway" judge, Marie Claire editor
  • 14% Carolina Herrera - fashion designer
  • 14% Calvin Klein - fashion designer
  • 10% Fonzworth Bentley - hip-hop artist, fashion designer
  • 5% Nanette Lepore - fashion designer
  • 5% Ralph Rucci - fashion designer
  • 5% Naomi Sims - model and author
  • 5% Reem Acra - fashion designer
  • 0% Francisco Costa - creative director, Calvin Klein Collection
  • 0% Daniel Vosovic - runner-up on "Project Runway"
  • 0% Ramona Singer - New York socialite

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 56 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 58 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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