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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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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Not much student life, majority of kids commute.

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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.

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 Freshman

Facilities: Obviously there's no "green spaces", we go to school in NYC. That really upsets me but it's something I had to sacrifice. The work rooms for each dorm building aren't huge but they are well-decorated. The library is pretty good, but a bit confusing to navigate at first. There are both mac and PC labs.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1336th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1354th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1356th
    Best Library
  • 1361st
    Best Student Centers
  • 1362nd
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen Babson
Hometown
Charlotte, NC
Major
Fashion Merchandising Management
Grad Year
2013
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FIT's campus is located on one city block, leaving little room for space. There are no grassy areas to lounge around or things of that nature; the streets are lined with trees, and there are benches for students to sit on and enjoy the New York scenery. In terms of the school's actual buildings and amenities, the Museum at FIT houses one of the world’s top collections of costumes and textiles, and it's also free and open to the public.

FIT has a variety of other special facilities that are exclusively unique to campus, such as a knitting and weaving lab, toy design workshop, several photography studios and black rooms, and cosmetic and fragrance labs. These are just a few of the special campus facilities. Many students agree that the campus needs improvement in areas such as the elevators, the escalators, and the bathrooms. Some students also feel that there are classrooms that are a bit outdated.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
44
Campus Size
5 acres
Student Centers
David Dubinsky Student Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Gladys Marcus Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The cafeteria
  • Game room on the seventh floor of the A Building
  • The lounge and basement of the C Building
  • Outside of school on the benches
Bar on Campus
None, although there are plenty of bars near FIT.
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • C Building lobby cafĂ©
  • Starbucks
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but every Wednesday in the cafeteria, Student Life holds a movie night with free snacks. A lot of the times, the movies are not even on DVD yet.
"Green" Initiatives
FIT is always in search of new and innovative ideas to follow the "green" movement. The school holds an annual conference on sustainable business and design.
School Slang
  • The 1 : The subway line located right on FIT's campus
  • A, B, C, D, and E Buildings: All of the buildings at FIT are named after a letter; you'll hear students refer to the campus by letters. However, it is rumored that the faculty is trying to get rid of these letters and wants to start referring to buildings by their real names. Example: The "A" building is the David Dubinsky Student Center.
  • Angel: What some may know of as "Blackboard," teachers will post assignments and send messages through Angel, which can be accessed through MyFIT.
  • Common hour: The hour between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays when students do not have class. This is typically the hour in which student organizations will have their weekly or monthly meetings.
  • FITSA: FITSA stands for FIT Student Association. All full-time students pay an activities fee (included in tuition) and are automatically members of FITSA. The association is responsible for student self-government, financially supports the clubs and organizations on campus, and plans cultural and extracurricular activities for students.
  • Graphics lab: The professional printing lab on campus. If you want to take advantage, be prepared and submit your work early. They typically run on a 24-hour turnaround.
  • MyFIT: The online student portal that every FIT student has access to
  • SUNY: State University of New York (FIT is a part of the SUNY system)
  • WWD: Women's Wear Daily is a popular trade magazine that fashion students must read.
Traditions
  • Block Party: Held the first Saturday of May every year, this event is the kickoff to the last few weeks of the semester as students prepare for finals.
  • Flea Market: Held on certain Thursdays during common hour, vendors will come in and sell gifts to FIT students. Students have gotten excellent deals on vintage pieces.
  • FUSION: The "Super Bowl of fashion," as some may call it. This is when highly recognized design students from FIT go head to head with design students from Parsons in an annual fashion show. Judges are prominent figures in the fashion industry, and the event is open to both FIT and Parsons students.
  • Mr. FIT: The annual drag queen pageant held every spring at FIT.
  • Semi Formal: Every spring, a formal dance is held where students are given the opportunity to bring a date and mingle with fellow FIT students.
  • WOW Week (Week of Welcome) : This is an orientation held for incoming students in the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. The students learn about FIT through planned activities. WOW Week is the perfect opportunity to meet other students before school starts.
Urban Legends
  • Every guy that attends FIT is gay.
  • FIT is still conquering the urban legend that everyone who attends the school wants to be a fashion designer. FIT has a very distinguished business and technology school, as well as several other art majors that do not deal with fashion design.
  • FMM (Fashion Merchandising Management) majors know nothing about the fashion industry-an urban legend that is completely untrue.
Favorite Things To Do
At the beginning of every week, Student Life sends out an email that describes the upcoming fun events during that week, such as crafts, games, and other social activities. Take advantage of the on-campus fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and kickboxing.
Student Organizations Web Site
www.fitnyc.edu/3162.asp
Student Newspaper
W27 Newspaper
w27newspaper.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
These are just a few of the popular clubs and organizations on campus: Student Council, Merchandising Society, SVCS (Student Volunteer Community Services), I Love NY club, PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America),
Chabad, and Ed2010 at FIT.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Drama/theater
  • Literary magazine
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
  • Interested in volunteering at New York Fashion Week? Join SVCS (Student Volunteer Community Services), a volunteer organization through FITSA, and get up-to-the-date opportunities to help out at several events.
  • Outside businesses often rent out the larger facilities on FIT's campus, such as the Great Hall and the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre. The MTA has even held a protest on FIT's campus.
  • Participation on campus is a great way to meet new people. With more than 60 student clubs at FIT, life outside the classroom is proven to be just as exciting and interesting.
  • Most clubs and organizations have their meetings during common hour, which is 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This allows for students to attend these meetings without having to miss class.
  • An advantage to joining clubs at FIT is that you have the opportunity to network with industry professionals.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 60 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 91 responses

  • 10% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 38% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 34% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 18% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 60 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 18% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 55% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 25% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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