For Parents and College Counselors

Helping students find the right college is an important job. At FIT, we appreciate the role you play in preparing students for success. Our goal is to provide you with information to assist your students as they begin the important college search process. Offering more than 40 degree programs, there is a great deal to consider at FIT. Some unique items to note include:

  • Students apply to their specific program of interest when completing the application.
  • High school applicants apply to an AAS degree before moving onto a two-year BS or BFA degree.
  • Transfer students may be eligible for a 1-year accelerated AAS degree or a 2-year BS or BFA degree. The admissions committee will review the applicant for the highest degree of eligibility.
  • Art and Design applicants are required to submit a portfolio of artwork specific to their chosen major.

Preparing the FIT-Bound Student

Middle and High School Students

Explore! FIT Precollege classes, offered during summer and on weekends throughout the year, help students to explore their interests and talents and develop technical skills. 

Investigate! This website is an in-depth resource that enables your student to review all of our majors and select the one that's right for them. Check out our Program Finder

Visit! Admissions information sessions and campus tours are held several times a week throughout the year. We welcome individuals and families—as well as class groups. Check out Visit FIT to schedule a convenient date.

High School Seniors and Transfer Students

Attend Fall Open House! This is an opportunity to meet faculty and current students, learn about campus life, check out housing, and much, much more. Registration for Open House is available in September.

Get feedback before applying! If your student is interested in an art and design major, consider attending a National Portfolio Day (NPD). These events provide an opportunity to receive feedback on artwork from a number of schools. All students are welcome and the events are free. To view upcoming NPD events that FIT will be attending, visit Connect with FIT.

Apply to FIT! We use the State University of New York (SUNY) application. See: How to Apply

Application Requirements and Deadlines


  1. SUNY Application
  2. Official High School and College transcript(s)
    FIT will accept electronic transcripts sent from the following approved vendors: Parchment, Naviance by Hobsons, SUNY Counselor Connect, or Credential Solutions
  3. Essay
  4. Portfolio (Art and Design applicants only)

See a full description of application requirements by visiting How to Apply.


Fall applicants: The application deadline is January 1.

Spring applicants: The application deadline is October 1. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants to FIT are selected for admission based on a review of the whole application.

In general, successful applicants present a strong B average or better. The admissions committee considers the rigor of curriculum, overall GPA, and specific class grades.

The essay is also an important component. It demonstrates communication skills and interest in the student's chosen major. If your student is applying to an art and design major, a successful portfolio will demonstrate any specified technical skills, as well as creative potential.

More than 70% of FIT students are awarded financial aid. Aid comes from a variety of sources: scholarships, grants, loans, and work study. See: Financial Aid

Be sure to apply for financial aid before the deadlines!

Once admitted to a major program, your student will have access to department scholarships and competitions with awards ranging from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Because these are awarded through the departments and led by the industry, they also serve as great resume builders.  

Letters of recommendation are not considered in the FIT admissions process.

In order to ensure your student is given every consideration, it is important to meet the application and supplemental materials deadlines, see: How to Apply

They should also monitor application status through MyFIT to ensure all supplemental materials are completed and sent to FIT.

It is a selective admissions process and the admissions committee reviews the entire applicant pool to select the best candidates for our incoming class.

We recommend taking liberal arts courses if your student will be attending another institution prior to FIT. Classes completed with a C grade or higher can be considered for transfer. For information on specific liberal arts and SUNY general education requirements, see: Transfer Students

Stay In Touch!

We welcome you to visit to the FIT campus with your student and we also aspire to visit you! Our admissions team attends high school and college fairs throughout the year.

Feel free to send us a message or let us know where we can connect with you and your students at [email protected]. Upcoming events that we will be attending are regularly updated at Connect with FIT on the Road. See you soon!