Fashion Institute of Technology: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Nagler Hall dormitory at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Nagler Hall dormitory at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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The Fashion Institute of Technology is a public college with an acceptance rate of 53%. Part of the State University of New York System (SUNY), FIT is unique among public universities because of its specialized focus on art, design, fashion, business, and communications. The urban campus is located on West 27th Street in Manhattan's fashion district in the Chelsea neighborhood.

Students can choose from over 40 majors and eight certificate programs. At the undergraduate level, fashion merchandising and fashion design are popular majors. The curriculum has a liberal arts core, but students can also expect significant hands-on, real-world educational experiences.

FIT academics are supported by a 15-to-1 student/faculty ratio. The college has four residence halls, although many students live off campus. Student life centers on the school's location in one of the world's most vibrant cities, but the college also has numerous clubs, organizations, and activities. In athletics, the FIT Tigers compete in six women's, 4 men's, and two coed sports.

Considering applying to the Fashion Institute of Technology? Here are the admissions statistics you should know.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, the Fashion Institute of Technology had an acceptance rate of 53%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 53 students were admitted, making FIT's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics
Number of Applicants 4,507
Percent Admitted 53%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 57%

SAT and ACT Scores and Requirements

The Fashion Institute of Technology does not require SAT or ACT test scores for most applicants. However, FIT does utilize SAT and ACT scores for course placement as well as to evaluate applicants to the Presidential Scholars Program.

Although not required for admission, applicants to FIT must include the essay portion of the SAT or ACT for placement in English classes. Applicants who have not taken the SAT or ACT will be required to take placement exams at FIT prior to enrollment.

GPA

The Fashion Institute of Technology reports that most successful applicants have a B or better average in high school.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Fashion Institute of Technology Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Fashion Institute of Technology Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the Fashion Institute of Technology. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The Fashion Institute of Technology, which accepts just over 50% of applicants, has a selective admissions process. Most successful applicants have a B or better grade point average in rigorous high school courses. However, FIT has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond grades. The admissions folks like to see a college preparatory curriculum that includes AP, IB, Honors, Regents, and Dual-Enrollment courses. A strong application essay and impressive portfolio for applicants to Art and Design majors can help make up for grades that are a little less than ideal. FIT does not accept letters of recommendation, nor do they do admissions interviews.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who gained admission. You'll notice that SAT and ACT scores vary considerably. This is because FIT uses SAT and ACT scores for placement purposes and does not include the scores in the admissions process. Grades, however, do matter for all applicants, and you'll notice that most admitted students had high school GPAs in the "B" range or higher. A sizable percentage of accepted students had grades in the "A" range.

If You Like FIT, You May Also Like These Schools

Applicants to the Fashion Institute of Technology clearly have an interest in the arts and tend to apply to other highly regarded schools of art and design. Popular choices include Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, and New York University.