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How to Apply

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One of the best things to know about FIT is that you get to start your major-area classes right away. Find a major that fits your interests in FIT for You. Then apply in two steps:

Step One: File the SUNY Application Online 

After you apply, you’ll receive confirmation that your application has been received. The first letter will come from the SUNY Application Services Center.

The second confirmation will be sent from FIT to the email address you put on your SUNY application and will contain your username and password for your MyFIT account. It can take 7-10 days to receive the email from FIT after submitting the SUNY application.

FIT takes various measures to protect personal data, including fulfilling its obligations under federal, state, and local law, as well as under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation to the extent it is applicable.  The GDPR provides protections for various information and records while a person is located in the EU.  FIT provides notice to students, employees, and website users of what type of data FIT processes and how and why that data is used and shared through information posted on the GDPR page of FIT’s Privacy website.  Please review the applicable notice(s) carefully.  The Privacy website also contains useful information about other privacy policies, such as FERPA and Information Technology’s Privacy Policy, and terms and conditions for the use of the FIT website and social media. 

Step Two: Submit FIT’s Supplemental Admissions Materials

Admissions Essay

After receiving the initial confirmation from FIT, you will receive a second email providing an individualized link to submit your essay, and, if you are a transfer student, a list of your in-progress courses.  

Your essay should answer the following questions: What makes you a perfect candidate for FIT? Why are you interested in the major you are applying to? The essay is also your chance to tell us more about your experiences, activities and accomplishments. (No more than 750 words, please.) If you are a transfer student, you will be prompted to submit information about your in-progress courses, including course name and numbering and the name of the school you are currently attending.

School Transcripts

Arrange to have all official secondary and post-secondary transcripts sent directly from your schools to FIT. Transcripts may be sent by mail or hand-delivered in the sealed envelope to the address below.

Fashion Institute of Technology
Office of Admissions, Room C139 
227 West 27th Street
New York City 10001-5992

FIT will only accept academic documents that have been officially attested (bearing the stamp and signature of the Registrar or designated officer) and placed in a sealed envelope by the issuing institution or awarding authority.

As an alternative to mailing, FIT will accept electronic transcripts from the following approved vendors:

  • Parchment
  • Naviance by Hobsons
  • SUNY Counselor Connect
  • Credential Solutions

Documents from all institutions must be provided (with no exceptions), regardless of the type of institution, subjects taken, or their relevance to FIT. Such documents should include all subjects taken, all grades/marks earned, and any degrees awarded. If you are a high school student earning college credit, please forward a transcript from the awarding college or university.

Home-schooled applicants are encouraged to review the SUNY policy for providing appropriate proof of graduation.

Official AP and/or CLEP scores, if any, are required when available. Official IB (International Baccalaureate) diplomas or certificates, if any, must be provided by the IBO.

International applicants:
If you have studied abroad, or you attended secondary or post-secondary school(s) outside the U.S., please submit your academic documents from schools outside the U.S. to a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services not to FIT.   See Undergraduate International Applicants for more information on submitting transcripts. 

Additional Application Materials

Portfolio

If you are applying to a major in the School of Art and Design, you must submit a portfolio. You will be invited to submit your portfolio once your SUNY application has been received and processed by FIT. Please do not submit any artwork with your application.

School of Business and Technology applicants may not submit a portfolio and materials received for these majors will not be reviewed or considered.

English Proficiency: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Score 

If your first language is not English, you must provide an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score, or a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score—regardless of how long you have lived in the United States. See the section under English Proficiency for more information.

SAT and ACT Scores

SAT and ACT test scores are not required for admissions purposes. They are, however, required for the Presidential Scholars (Honors) Program. They are also required for placement into your English and Math classes at FIT. Use FIT school code 2257 when sending SAT scores and code 2744 when sending ACT scores. Visit Placement Tests for more information.

International Students who have not taken the SAT or ACT exams will take Placement Tests before registering for any English, Math, and Science courses. 

More Information

For more specific application details, see the following:

Please be aware that documents submitted become the property of FIT and will not be returned. This includes official transcripts, test scores, and portfolio submissions. 

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