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The Presidential Scholars Program is open to incoming freshmen and incoming juniors. Students are admitted for the fall semester only. Apply as soon as you complete the FIT application. Do NOT wait until you receive your admissions decision from FIT. Notification will be received by April 1.

Incoming Freshmen:

Competitive admission based on:

  • cumulative high school GPA of B+ or better
  • Honors essay (select one of 2 questions) 500 word count
    - Option 1: Works of art, such as movies, poems, novels, art, and music, often affect our perspective on life. Choose a work of art that has had an effect on you. Tell us about that work and let us know how and why it had an effect on you.

    - Option 2: The world has undergone many changes in recent years in the areas of media, technology, entertainment, politics, and climate. How has one of these changes had an impact on your life? Please explain, using details and examples.

    Submit your essay via email to honors@fitnyc.edu. Be sure to include your name and FIT student identification number in your email.
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • two letters of recommendation from teachers

Incoming Juniors:

Competitive admission based on: 

  • Honors essay (select one of 2 questions) 500 word count
    - Option 1: Works of art, such as movies, poems, novels, art, and music, often affect our perspective on life. Choose a work of art that has had an effect on you. Tell us about that work and let us know how and why it had an effect on you.

    - Option 2: The world has undergone many changes in recent years in the areas of media, technology, entertainment, politics, and climate. How has one of these changes had an impact on your life? Please explain, using details and examples.

    Submit your essay via email to honors@fitnyc.edu. Be sure to include your name and FIT student identification number in your email.
  • two letters of recommendation from faculty, at least one of which must be from a Liberal Arts professor
  • GPA of 3.5 or greater
  • Study abroad for incoming juniors only:  You must be on campus for 3 or 4 semesters in your upper division program to be considered for the Presidential Scholars Program.

We encourage study abroad. If you are applying as an incoming junior, please advise where you intend to study. 

Transfer Students:      

The program welcomes applications from transfer students who are entering their junior year at FIT for the fall semester only.  All the above criteria for incoming juniors apply.

International Students:

We welcome applications from incoming freshmen and incoming juniors from all over the world.

One-Year Students:

This program is not designed for one-year students since they are not required to take Liberal Arts courses.

Important Dates:

Your honors application, including essay and letters of recommendation, must be received by February 1. Do not wait for your FIT admissions decision to apply to the program. If you are not admitted into the Presidential Scholars Program as in incoming freshman, you can reapply in your sophomore year for admission in the fall of your junior year.

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