New York, NY
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5 College Junior

Diversity: I love the diversity. If you are going to be close minded and judgmental, just don't talk. Many gays, I have not met a 100% lesbian though. People from all backgrounds (Europe, Asia, Africa, Americas, mixes). And you will be exposed to different faiths and practices as well.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: FIT is very diverse. I was fortunate enough to make friends with students of various nationalities, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. FIT is a very accepting and progressive school.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a very large variety on campus as far as ethnicity, backgrounds, and beliefs.

4 College Senior

Diversity: You will find people from all walks of life here.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: most people here stick to people who are of the same nationality.

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  • 84th
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 138th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1310th
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen Babson
Charlotte, NC
Fashion Merchandising Management
Grad Year
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FIT is like a miniature melting pot when it comes to the diverse group of students that attend the school. Students have the opportunity to meet other students from all different races, religions, and backgrounds. You can meet classmates from a large number of countries, as these students flock to FIT for the well-established fashion-related education. There are a number of programs and events dedicated to these students, open to everyone in order to get them acquainted with others.

Not only will you see such a diverse group of people at FIT, but you will also experience this in New York City. About a third of New York's population is considered immigrants, and that number continues to grow. With just a quick walk around the city, you will hear and see people of all different cultures.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 27%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 22%
25+: 18%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 1%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 23%
Unknown: 72%
Gay Pride
There is a large number of gay students who attend FIT. The school is also located in the predominantly gay neighborhood of Chelsea. The LGBT student club on campus shows support toward the gay community. If this is something you are uncomfortable being around, think twice about attending FIT.

Political Activity
Most students at FIT are politically and socially liberal, but there is a growing number of conservative students, even if there is little spoken about political opinions.
Economic Status
There is no distinction of who is rich and who is not, unless you come around a group of students who flaunt their parent's wealth. A lot of students rely on financial aid to help with their college expenses.

Most Common Religions
Religious choices vary from Catholic to Christian to Judaism to everything in between.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many clubs that serve minorities on campus such as Asian Student Network, BRAG (Black Retail Action Group),
BSU (Black Student Union), ICE (Indian Cultural Exchange), and KCCC (Korean Campus Crusade For Christ).

Did You Know?
FIT hosts its own Diversity Council, which has a strategic goal to create a campus that is "purposefully diverse."

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 51 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 22% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 33% Moderate
  • 24% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 51 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 12% Moderate
  • 27% Not sure
  • 45% Liberal
  • 14% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 51 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 50 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 51 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 16% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 78% Very accepting.


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