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4 College Freshman

Academics: Depends greatly on what program you're in. You're really stuck in the pre-determined semester-by-semester plan that FIT sets for you, so while it's really catered to the skills you'll need, the quality of each major varies a lot.

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1 College Junior

Academics: A lot of the times it is very unclear where our grades are coming from. Often I would have only two tests a semester with no homework or way to see my current grade. Teachers are also very unhelpful with academic concerns vexing that they are not formally teachers but rather just people with real life work experience. The registration process is infuriating because they require you to take very specific classes for your major at very very specific semesters but do not offer enough classes in order to meet the need. This results in fall behind which can get very overwhelming. It is impossible to get an appointment with an academic advisor around registration unless you book it 2 or 3 weeks in advance. More often than not my teachers have no idea what the answers are to a lot of the questions academically but they offer a lot of amazing real life advice. Academically I do not feel like I am getting my money's worth but at the end of the day you only need the school's reputation to get an amazing job and you just have to stick through it!

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Academics in a design and fashion school are different than a conventional university but are looked at as equally important based on the format and content of studied material.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great at times. Still room for improvement.

5 College Freshman

Academics: It is the best for your major.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 88 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 43 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 43 responses

  • 67% This was my dream school.
  • 26% This was one of my top choices.
  • 7% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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