Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY)

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College Profile

One of New York City’s premier public institutions and part of the State University of New York (SUNY), FIT is an internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business. We’re known for our rigorous, unique, and adaptable academic programming, experiential learning opportunities, academic and industry partnerships, and commitment to research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

While our pedagogical mission is to prepare our students for professional excellence in design and business, our broader ethos is to foster creativity, inspire leadership, impart a global perspective, and educate students to embrace inclusiveness, commit to sustainability, and engage with community. We encourage students, scholars, teachers, and industry colleagues to cross traditional boundaries of both geography and disciplines. Together we strive to develop innovative design and strategic business solutions that will upend the status quo, create personal and professional opportunity, and have a lasting and sustainable global impact.

Institution Demographics

  • Total enrollment: 9,622

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 9,443

  • Graduate enrollment: 179

  • International Student Enrollment: 13%

  • Male 15%, Female 85%

  • Faculty-student ratio: 1:17

  • Faculty: Full-Time ­­­­229, Part-Time 738

  • Number of countries represented on campus: 70

  • Top five countries represented on campus: 
South Korea, China, India, Canada, Japan

English as a Second Language Program and Services

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program? YES

Intensive English Language at FIT: A comprehensive, full-time program that combines academic and non-credit professional development courses, offering a uniquely practical solution to learning English as a second language. The program prepares students for college-level studies and supports career development, while providing the opportunity to spend a full 16-week semester on FITs vibrant New York City campus.

ESL/Fashion Business Intensive Programs: A three-week intensive summer program offering ESL studies along with courses in branding, omni-channel retail, and digital analytics. The program is designed for young professionals employed or seeking work in the global fashion industry.

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Can your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?YES

Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language
to admitted students?YES

Does your institution conditionally admit students to degree programs if they have not met the English proficiency requirement?

International Student Housing Options

More than 2,300 students reside in our on-campus residence halls. Our four residence halls provide single, double, triple and quad occupancy rooms and suites. For more information about campus housing, visit

Collaborative programs

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First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

To review admissions requirements, please visit our website:

Undergraduate Admissions

Graduate Studies


Visa Information

FIT issues the form I-20 for students seeking and F-1 visa.  We do not issue forms DS-2019 for J-1 visa status.


Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students

FIT does not have a different tuition schedule for international students. International students pay the same rate as out of state residents.

Associate-level out-of-state resident $13,770 annual tuition
Baccalaureate-level out of state resident $19,592 annual tuition
Graduate-level out-of-state resident $22,210 annual tuition

For more information on tuition and fees, visit

Financial Aid

Is financial aid available for international students?

Student Activities and Campus Life

The FIT campus is a tightly knit community in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, one of the most vibrant areas of the city, with cafes, art galleries, boutiques, theaters, museums and restaurants right outside our doors or a short walk away. There are more than 60 student clubs, a college newspaper and a radio station, plus community service opportunities and activities right on campus. For a complete list of our student clubs, visit: