How to apply to the Fashion Institute of Technology

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The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York is one of the top fashion schools in the country. Admission to FIT is selective, although some major are more selective than others. Once you have selected a major, use your computer to access the online application. The online application method is much faster and easier then going the route of mailing in your application. Once your application is sent in, you'll need to follow up with specific school information and your portfolio.

Things You'll Need

  • Transcripts
  • Portfolio
  • Application fee
  • Send in the initial application using the FIT website at suny.edu and click "Apply Now." After your application has been submitted, you'll receive two emails confirming that your application has been received. The first letter comes from the SUNY Application Services Center. The comes from FIT to the email address indicated on your SUNY application. It will have what you need to complete the admission process. The FIT email includes your assigned student identification number and your FIT Username and Password. It can take seven to 10 days to receive the first email from FIT after submitting the SUNY application.

  • Fill out an academic history and essay form, available online after you have received your email from FIT. To submit these forms, access MyFIT using your FIT username and password. In the essay form input your essay. The topic typically allows you to explain why you are the perfect candidate for FIT. Use it to tell admissions staff more about your experiences, activities and accomplishments. There is a 750-word limit. For the academic history portion, indicate all schools, dates of attendance, location, degree(s) awarded and other information for all secondary and post-secondary schools attended.

  • Arrange to have all official secondary and post-secondary transcripts sent in sealed envelopes directly from your schools to:
    Fashion Institute of Technology
    Office of Admissions
    Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, Room C139
    New York City 10001-5992

    FIT only accepts academic documents that have been officially attested (bearing the stamp and signature of the Registrar or designated officer) and placed in a sealed envelope by the issuing institution or awarding authority. Documents from all institutions must be provided, regardless of the type of institution, subjects taken or their relevance to FIT. Such documents should include all subjects taken, all grades or marks earned, and any degrees awarded. 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.

  • Review the portfolio requirements as Art and Design applicants must submit a portfolio. You'll receive information in your FIT email regarding portfolio requirements for your major. Do not submit your portfolio until you have received an authorization form and detailed instructions from the admissions office. View requirements for the portfolio at the FIT website fitnyc.edu/2863.asp.

Tips & Warnings

  • FIT has rolling admissions, the priority deadline is January 1st. You can submit past this date, but you are not considered priority.

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