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.

Programs We Offer


  • Fashion Design
  • Interior Design
  • Fashion Business Management
  • Advertising & Marketing Communications
  • Fine Arts
  • Menswear


8,726 Total Enrollment
8,508 Undergraduate Enrollment
218 Graduate Enrollment
12% International Student Enrollment
18% Male
82% Female
16:1 Faculty-Student Ratio
­­­­230 Faculty: Full-Time
801 Faculty: Part-Time
50+ Countries Represented
Top 5 China, South Korea, India, Canada, Japan
Other 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. Click for more information about campus housing.

English as a Second Language Program and Services

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?

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 15-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 fashion design, fashion merchandising, fashion styling & reporting, and global fashion business marketing.

For more information, click here.

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?

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

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, click here.

Collaborative Programs

Check out our programs by clicking here.

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

To review admissions requirements, please visit our website:

Undergraduate Admissions

Graduate Studies

Financial Aid

International students are not eligible for financial assistance from FIT. International students may borrow under the Alternative Loan Program. Most lenders will require an eligible (credit worthy) co-signer that is a U.S. citizen.

Other helpful sources 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, click here.


New York City

Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY)


Richard Sunday
Director of Admissions and Strategic Recruitment

Vernon Goodman-Keating
Assistant Director of Admissions and Strategic Recruitment

Application Deadlines

Undergraduate Applications:
Spring semester —October 1
Fall semester —January 1

Applications for the School of Graduate Studies have various deadlines, please consult our website.

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 & Financial Assistance

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 $15,570 annual tuition
Baccalaureate-level out of state resident $21,392 annual tuition
Graduate-level out-of-state resident $23,586 annual tuition

For more information on tuition and fees, click here.

Major Areas of Study

Art and Graphic Design
Arts and Humanities
Arts, Visual, and Performing
Communication and Journalism
Social Sciences


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