Fashion Institute of Technology SUNY

The Fashion Institute of Technology, generally known as FIT, is a State University of New York (SUNY) college of art, business, design, mass communication and technology connected to the fashion industry, with an urban campus located on West 27th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.

Short Courses

Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Business & Management (1)



At first, they created the Educational Foundation for the Apparel Industries to promote education for the industry. The Foundation then obtained a charter from the New York State Board of Regents to establish a “fashion institute of technology and design.” The institute opened in 1944 with 100 students, and was located on the top two floors of the High School of Needle Trades.


Seventeen majors are offered through the School of Art and Design, and ten through the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology. leading to the A.A.S., B.F.A., or B.S. degrees. The School of Liberal Arts offers a BS degree in art history and museum professions and a BS degree in film and media.The School of Graduate Studies offers seven programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts or Master of Professional Studies degree.


The Research Services Desk is located on the 5th floor and is staffed by Library faculty and/or Reference Assistants. We

  • assist library users in finding materials and offer guidance for in-depth research projects
  • answer reference questions in-person, online or by phone
  • assist in the use of StyleCat (the Library catalog), our databases and other online resources, periodical indexes, books and other printed material
  • locate books and periodicals that are not in our collections and refer patrons to other libraries
  • assist faculty, upon request, by reviewing research assignments in advance for appropriate, accurate references to library resources


We invite you to walk in and meet with a career advisor on a first-come, first-serve basis to have quick questions answered or to receive guidance on the following:

  • resume and cover letter writing
  • job opportunities
  • interviewing preparation
  • freelance opportunities
  • salary negotiation
  • career and job exploration
  • labor market information
  • career decision making


Student services

All members submitted an individual survey and attended a user group meeting to provide input on student services offices, student life offices, and student usage spaces. 

  • Rita Armenia, Director, Records & Registration 
  • Sass Brown, Acting Assistant Dean, Art & Design 
  • Gregg Chottiner, Vice President & CIO, Information Technology 
  • Mina Friedmann, Director, Financial Aid 
  • Ann Marie Grappo, Director, Residential Life 
  • Erik Kneubuehl, Assistant Vice President & Dean of Student Development, Enrollment Management and Student Success 
  • Suzanne McGillicuddy, Special Assistant, Enrollment Management and Student Success 
  • Joseph Plutz, Coordinator, FIT-ABLE 
  • Erika Rohrbach, Assistant Director, International Student Advisors 

Housing services

To more than 2,300 students, FIT is home. And even though this is New York City, we like to bring a personal attitude to campus living. The Department of Residential Life provides counselors and student staff who live in the residence halls. They are ready to offer helpful advice about going to school in New York. They're the experts and they're here to help you.

Library services

FIT's Library supports the academic and research needs of the FIT community. A well-selected collection of more than 175,000 volumes of print materials (and over 300,000 combined print, non-print, and electronic) supports the instructional programs in art and design, business and technology, liberal arts and our Graduate School. 

Medical services

The Health Services provides general medical and gynecological care, and carries a limited supply of medications free of charge to full-time students. Comprehensive lab tests needed for diagnostic purposes are performed on site by Quest and Labcorp.

Student Life

Campus life

The nine-building campus includes classrooms, television and radio studios, labs, design workshops, and multiple exhibition galleries.The campus has a Barnes & Noble College Bookstore.FIT serves over 7,578 full-time and 2,186 part-time students. Four dormitories, three of which are on-campus, serve approximately 2,300 students and offer a variety of accommodations.The George S. and Mariana Kaufman Residence Hall located at 406 West 31st Street – formerly a book bindery factory – was converted into residential apartments, to offer more housing near the campus for FIT students. The campus also has a retail food court/dining hall, a deli and a Starbucks.

Sports facilities

FIT has intercollegiate teams in tennis, cross-country, half-marathon, track and field, dance, swimming, women's volleyball, women's soccer, and table tennis. Participation in athletics provides training for life and FIT student athletes strive toward excellence within the classroom and within intercollegiate competition. FIT teams compete against other schools in Region XV of the National Junior College Athletic Association. 

Student clubs

Student clubs include:

  • Accessories Design Club
  • AD at FITAfrican Student Association
  • American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC)
  • American Marketing Association (AMA)
  • Anime Club & Sci-Fi
  • Archery at FIT
  • Armenian Club at FIT
  • Art Collective
  • Asian Student Network (ASN)
  • Black Retail Action Group (BRAG)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Blush Magazine
  • Chabad - Jewish Life at FIT
  • Cheerleading Club


The Fashion Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

New York City, New York, United States