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1.  What is the student activity fee and what does it cover?

2.  What is FIT Student Government Association?

3.  How can I get involved in student government?

4.  How do I join a club?

5.  How do I start a club?

6.  How do I find out what's happening on campus?

7.  How do I pay for any programs or services offered by student Student Life and FIT Student Government Association?

8.  What do I need to do to participate in graduation ceremonies?

9.  What is Leadership Weekend and how can I participate?

10.  How can I volunteer?

11. When/How will I know about volunteer events?

12. How long do volunteer events run?

13. What can/cannot I bring with me to a volunteer site?

14. Do volunteer jobs lead to internships?

15. How many times can I volunteer?

16. Where can I register to vote?

17.  Where/What is the Center?

18. Is there a campus ministry?

19. Do you have to register to attend New Student Orientation?

20.  Is New Student Orientation Mandatory?

21. Are there any fees required for attending the New Student Orientation?

22. Can a parent/family member attend the New Student Orientation?


1. What is the student activity fee and what does it cover?

All students who are registered for twelve or more credits pay a student activity fee of $60.00 per semester. Part time degree students pay a prorated $65 per semester.  Part-time degree students  pay a prorated fee of $5 per credit.  These funds are allocated by the FIT Student Association to over 60 clubs and organizations to implement extra-curricular activities on and off campus.

2. What is FIT Student Government Association?

The FIT Student Government Association was established in order to uphold the rights of students and have representation throughout the College. The Student Council, Board of Directors and Executive Committees serve as the center of FIT's student government and represent the interests of the student body. The governing branches of the Student Government Association oversee and fund, through student activity fees, more than 60 clubs and organizations. The Council is open to every student and is held once a month, with elections taking place each spring.

3. How can I get involved in student government?

Getting involved with your student government in one of the most fulfilling roles you can take on as a student leader.  In this position, you serve as an ambassador for the student body and actively work towards meeting student institutional goals with students, faculty, staff and administration.  The Student Government Association is also responsible for bringing large scale events to campus such as Breakfast for Dinner, Laugh at FIT, FIT Drag Pageant and much more.  To learn more about available positions or large event committees, visit the FIT Student Government Association office (Dubinsky Student Center - room A724) or visit http://sga.fitnyc.edu for election information, upcoming events and much more.  Attend a Student Council Meeting (held once a month) or visit the FIT Student Government Association Office between the hours of 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday.  All officers hold office hours and are available to answer any and all questions.

4. How do I join a club?

Any student who has paid their student activity fee can experience our wonderful clubs and organizations.  Meet current members and sign up at Club Fairs held in September and February of each year.  For details on these groups, when and where they meet, to to Club Directory.

5. How do I start a club?

All you need are ten interested students, one faculty or staff advisor, and a stated purpose to start.  The process to start a new club: registration begins in September of each year with New Club Workshops.  Once you attend a New Club Workshop, you will have all the information you need on the registration process.  New groups must go through the registration process in the fall as the process is not open in the spring.  For more information on New Club Workshops, contact Catlin_Wojtkowski@fitnyc.edu

6. How do I find out what's happening on campus?

Visit the Department of Student Life (Dubinsky, A713), read the bulletin boards around campus, and read the weekly "FIT This Week" emails.  Also follow us on Instagram @Studentlife_FIT or like us on Facebook at Department of Student Life at FIT for the most up to date coverage on student programs and life on campus! 

7. How do I pay for any programs or services offered by Student Life and FIT Student Government Association?

Cash or money orders only, no checks or credit cards.

8. What do I need to do to participate in graduation ceremonies?

You must apply for graduation and receive approval from the Registrar (C158) whether you plan to participate in the commencement exercises or decide not to attend.  The Registrar's Office will conduct a degree audit and notify candidates when they are eligible for graduation.  Academic regalia--the traditional cap, gown, and tassel--is required attire for all students participating in commencement exercises. In May (check your email), pick up your cap and gown and three tickets.

9. What is Leadership Weekend and how can I participate?

Twice a year the student government funds a weekend off campus retreat for students interested in learning about the skills and qualities of being a leader. Applications can be obtained online at the beginning of each semester.

10. How can I volunteer?

In order to volunteer, you must do the following:

  • Fill out the online SVCS volunteer application;
  • Be an FIT Student;
  • Be present when signing up for volunteer opportunities (you cannot sign up for a friend) only one volunteer opportunity  per person;
  • Always use your FIT email when communicating/applying with SVCS office for your volunteer events;
  • You will need your FIT ID & printed class schedule (mon-sat format) for expo, your schedule must have your FIT ID number visible;
  • You cannot skip class to participate for a volunteer opportunity, NO EXCEPTIONS;
  • Visit the Department of Student Life on the 7th floor of the Dubinsky Student Center, A713 and check the bulletin boards around campus, contact svcs@fitnyc.edu, or Deborah_PaytonJones@fitnyc.edu, Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

11. When/How will I know about volunteer events?

You can always visit the Department of Student Life A713, and speak with the Volunteer Coordinator.  After filling out the online application, you will automatically be placed in an e-blast group, where you will receive volunteer opportunities as they become available.

12. How long do volunteer events run?

Each event varies in length.

13. What can/cannot I bring with me to a volunteer site?

You should never bring anything of value that is not necessary for the volunteer activity that you have signed up for.

14. Do volunteer jobs lead to internships?

Work ethic is what leads to additional opportunities with some of the organization that request our students.  We have a great relationship with the Career and Internship Department and refer organizations that we service to them so as to become registered organizations.

15. How many times can I volunteer?

Volunteering is limitless, we do however, want to make sure that the main reason you are here at FIT, is for the academics.

16. Where can I register to vote?

Visit the Department of Student Life and ask to speak to the Volunteer Coordinator to register to vote throughout the year.  In the fall semester a voter registration drive takes place at the SVCS Volunteer EXPO.

17. What/Where is The Center?

The Center is located on the 7th floor of the Dubinsky Student Center and open Monday through Friday, 10-6pm.  As you exit the elevator turn left, room A739. The Center sponsors workshop, seminars, videos, free magazine, free-cycle program and other activities to help students develop leisure time hobbies and skills.

18. Is there a campus ministry?

Yes. There is an interfaith referral center located on the 7th floor of the Dubinsky Student Center (A building A707a).

19. Do you have to register for New Student Orientation?

No.  All first time FIT Students are automatically registered for Fall/Spring New Student Orientation. (This includes transfer Students)

20. Is New Student Orientation Mandatory?

New Student Orientation is required, and we hope you will participate fully.  The entire week is designed to help you transition to FIT and NYC.

21. Are there any fees required for attending the New Student Orientation?

There are no fees required to attend the New Student Orientation, however some optional events and activities do require payment.

22. Can a parent/family member attend the New Student Orientation?

Yes, there are specific programs designed for families, but the bulk of the New Student Orientation is designed for first time FIT Students.

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