Undergraduate Orientation

Undergraduate Orientation and New Student Programs

Welcome, Tigers!

Congratulations on your admission to one of New York City's premier public institutions. As an FIT student, you are joining an internationally recognized academic community renowned for excellence in design, fashion, art, communications and business. We are eagerly waiting to welcome you and your family to our community. We know that you are excited and filled with questions, wanting to know everything there is about FIT.

New Student Orientation is designed to prepare you for academic, professional, and personal success. Our goal is to help you make a smooth transition to FIT through a week of fun, engaging, and dynamic programs. Please explore these webpages to learn more about the orientation experience,  your orientation leaders, and other resources.   

New Student Orientation is required for all new students.


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Fall 2023 New Student Orientation will take place in two required sections: Part One: Pre-Orientation is a virtual module to be completed at your own pace; Part Two: Orientation Week at FIT is an in-person orientation guided by Orientation Leaders and is separated by academic school. Attendance is required.

  • Jay & Patty Baker School of Business & Technology students will be required to attend orientation on Monday, August 21st through Wednesday, August 23rd.
  • School of Art & Design and School of Liberal Arts students will be required to attend on Wednesday, August 23rd through Friday, August 25th. 

On Saturday, August 26th, there will be an optional excursion day where all students can explore some of the best that New York City has to offer! A more detailed schedule of activities will be shared later this summer. A more detailed schedule of activities will be shared later this summer. Below is a snapshot of what to expect: 

Pre-Orientation | Online Module (Launches Tuesday, August 1, 2023): These virtual modules are designed to provide you with essential information and resources before you arrive on campus and can be completed at your convenience. You can anticipate covering resources such as Information Technology, Financial Aid Services, Dining Services, and more! Please be sure to finish all the Pre-Orientation modules before your first day of in-person orientation. Instructions on how to access modules will be provided to your FIT email address. 

Orientation Week at FIT | In-Person: Orientation Week at FIT is designed to introduce you to the people and experiences who will make your time at FIT a success both personally and professionally. Each new student will be assigned an Orientation Group and two current FIT students serving as Orientation Leaders. Orientation Leaders will lead your assigned group from session to session and serve as a peer resource. 

Over the course of the three-days new students will meet fellow incoming students, members of the College administration, be provided an in-depth look at academics and academic success, and much more!

Questions, please contact [email protected].