How to Apply
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 our Program Finder before submitting your application.
Step One: File the SUNY Application Online
After you apply, you’ll receive confirmation that your application has been received. The first notification 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.
Step Two: Submit Your Supplemental Materials
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 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.
Arrange to have all official secondary and post-secondary transcripts sent directly from your schools to FIT. Electronic delivery of transcripts will be the quickest way to receive and process your documents. The Admissions office will accept electronic transcripts from the following approved vendors:
- Parchment / Credential Solutions
- SUNY Counselor Connect
- National Student Clearinghouse
- Naviance by Hobsons
Transcripts may also be sent by mail in a sealed envelope to:
Fashion Institute of Technology
Office of Admissions, Room C139
227 West 27th Street
New York City 10001-5992
Transcripts received by mail require additional processing time and may delay the completion of your application.
FIT will only accept academic documents that have been officially attested (bearing the stamp and signature of the Registrar or designated officer) by the issuing institution or awarding authority.
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 Requirements for Degree Conferral and Enrollment of Home Schooled Students 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.
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.
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.
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, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score, or a Duolingo English Test score—regardless of how long you have lived in the United States. See the section under International Undergraduate Applicants for more information.
SAT and ACT test scores are not required for admissions purposes. For Fall 2022, they are optional for the Presidential Scholars (Honors) program.
If submitted, SAT and ACT test scores will be used for placement into 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.
For more specific application details, see the following:
- When to Apply (Application Deadlines)
- Transfer Students and College Degree Holders
- International Undergraduate Applicants
- Portfolio Requirements
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.