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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 FIT for You. Then apply in two steps:

Step One: File the SUNY Application Online 

After you apply, you’ll receive confirmation that your application has been received. The first letter 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 FIT’s Supplemental Admissions Materials

Admissions Essay

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 also 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.

School Transcripts

Arrange to have all official secondary and post-secondary transcripts sent directly from your schools to FIT. Transcripts may be sent by mail or hand-delivered in the sealed envelope to the address below.

Fashion Institute of Technology
Office of Admissions, Room C139 
227 West 27th Street
New York City 10001-5992

FIT will only accept 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.

As an alternative to mailing, FIT will accept electronic transcripts from the following approved vendors:

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  • Naviance by Hobsons
  • SUNY Counselor Connect
  • Credential Solutions

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 policy 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.

International applicants:
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. 

Additional Application Materials


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.

English Proficiency: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Score 

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, or a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score—regardless of how long you have lived in the United States. See the section under English Proficiency for more information.

SAT and ACT Scores

SAT and ACT test scores are not required for admissions purposes. They are, however, required for the Presidential Scholars (Honors) Program. They are also required for placement into your English and 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. 

More Information

For more specific application details, see the following:

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. 


“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”- Chanel.

This Chanel quote encompasses my personal view of fashion. I see fashion in all parts of life. Fashion has been a crucial component of my life ever since I was a little girl. I remember feeling excitement and a sense of accomplishment the first time I put together an outfit for myself. This positive experience and feeling of achievement made me realize that I might have a natural talent for fashion. Since this epiphany, several key experiences I have had with fashion had led me to realize that this is what I would like to pursue for the rest of my life. These experiences include working in a thrift store, starting my own fashion business, and attending the Pratt Institute for a summer program.

One of the first experiences which emphasized my passion for a career in fashion was when I helped my Grandmother at her thrift store my summer of eighth grade. My responsibilities included dressing the mannequins, organizing the clothes, and working the cash register. This was truly an inspirational experience for me. All the colors, prints, and types of clothing that passed through the store daily electrified me. Along with this, working the cash register and getting a glimpse into the business aspects of the fashion industry intrigued me.

During my sophomore year in high school my friend Ariel, who was interested in fashion design, and I joined forces to form our own fashion business called “Calmly Chaotic”. In this establishment, we collaborated on ideas for progressive trends and created our own clothing and accessories to reflect hem. My responsibilities were to help conceptualize the fashions we created and to manage the business side of things. I had to take into account our merchandise and the market we were selling to, which was mainly my high school. This was a great introduction for me into the world of fashion.

The most significant experience and the learning that ensured that this was the right career path for me, was my summer at Pratt Institute, there I took classes in the fashion design department. These classes gave me hands on experience in fashion design. I would create mood boards, and make my own clothing from scratch. Simultaneously, it made me realize that the business aspect was a crucial part of what I want to pursue. This is when I made my decision to go into fashion merchandising rather than just fashion design. More importantly, the program I attended at Pratt Institute gave me the confidence and independence I need to go on to perform what I really desire to do.

At this juncture in my life, I feel that I am a confident and competent individual who would have a very successful college career at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Throughout my adolescence, I have faced challenges academically and emotionally in the normative struggle for self-identity. However, as I matured, and gained introspective intelligence, I was able to better understand myself, my strengths, and areas needing improvement. As a result of this, my grades have improved tremendously.
I would be sincerely honored to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. This college offers so many opportunities to enhance my understanding of fashion. Fashion merchandising combines both my creative outlook on styles and trends and my mathematic skills. The business behind fashion is the perfect path for me to follow, and the Fashion Institute of Technology is the perfect place for me to pursue it.


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