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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Interesting to meet people from different areas, people are respectful understanding we all grew up in different places and come from different backgrounds. There are definitely more liberals in the NYC atmosphere, but there is a fair share of republicans

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are so many students from different backgrounds. This perfectly fits into the environment of NYC. There are many clubs and organizations for students who are part of a minority, such as gay and lesbian organizations and ethnic groups.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Being someone who identitifies as a "white American" absolutely makes you a minority here. I feel like there are more foreigners than there are Americans and it really open your eyes to some incredible culture you otherwise would not experience. I think it's safe to say that FIT is the most diverse school in the country. This really allows you to grow and be educated in ways you couldn't imagine.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: We have students from all over the world who are encouraged to explore and share their views.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: If you are a straight guy, you are the diversity in this school.

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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
9%
Asian
11%
Hispanic
15%
International
12%
Native American
0%
White
45%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
45%
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
52%
Male Faculty
48%
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 59 responses

  • 17% Progressive/very liberal
  • 22% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 7% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 83 responses

  • 20% Progressive/very liberal
  • 45% Liberal
  • 11% Moderate
  • 1% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 22% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 83 responses

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

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 45 responses

  • 7% Republican
  • 56% Democratic
  • 11% Independent
  • 2% Other party not mentioned
  • 24% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 94% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 6% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 46 responses

  • 98% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 2% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 59 responses

  • 80% Very accepting.
  • 14% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.

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