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  • 01/11/2010

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    33 out of 33 people found this review useful. 1 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you know you love fashion there is no other place you should be than right here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare yourself, this school is competitive and everyone is your competition.

    Bang for the buck

    Fashion Institute of Technology is considered one of the top fashion schools in the world but because of its affiliation with SUNY they are able to keep their tuition cost low. The cost of school a semester is about $11,000 for tuition and room and board!

    Did enjoy being here

    Fashion Institute of Technology is located in the heart of Manhattan. The entire city is your playground. There is never a dull moment.

    Did learn a lot

    The teachers are all well experienced and have been in the industry for a minimum of ten years before teaching. They all held high positions related to the fashion industry so they bring their knowledge into the classroom. They give hands-on activities that occur to best prepare you before entering the real-world.

  • 01/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 17 people found this review useful. 2 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    creative, outgoing, determined. People here are really into art and creativity and it's just a good atmosphere to be around people that are all into the same thing.

    Tips for prospective students

    good grades is a must and you have to be really determined.

    Bang for the buck

    The teachers really go all the way for the students. They want everyone to go above and beyond. Even a simple English class goes the extra mile.

    Am enjoying being here

    New York City is just one of my favorite places and the atmosphere really puts you in the right mood to be determined to succeed.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors have so much background and really make it interesting so you want to learn.

  • 06/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 3 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I think if you are a hardworking person and love what you are doing you will have no problem here. Also sorry girls there really aren't too many straight guys at this school lol the majority of people are girls and most of the guys are gay. But the atmosphere at FIT is awesome very cool laid back people who simply love what they are doing. Very creative and Innovative. the atmosphere and friendliness of FIT is what made me choose this school versus Parsons so If you like to be somewhere where people love and work hard for what they study but are still down to earth and laid back then this is the perfect school for you. :)

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say just relax and don't be nervous because the first semester is a little lighter than the second and its a new place and a lot of adjustment. Don't go crazy with tons of classes but don't slack off either if you can squeeze 3 liberals with your major classes do it! because second semester is waayyy more challenging at least if you are going into fashion design i would suggest to make the effort to cram up some liberals your first semester that way you can have a little more relax time in your second semester. trust me! i just finished my second semester with 6 classes and 7 classes in my first semester so its totally possible and i'm in fashion design. If you work hard your first year it will open doors for scholarships offered through the school. Oh and if you are person you doesn't really get much financial aid make sure to go to a councilor and the academic advisor for your major as soon as possible to talk about your options because if you don't take the initiative to look for where you can receive extra help no one will tell you and the deadlines will pass.

    Bang for the buck

    I give this a 3 star because unless you are paying in state tuition i think FIT can get pretty expensive especially when living on campus. I paid like close to $30,000 for my first year only. Mind you the first year in FIT you aren't allowed to really apply for any FIT scholarships. The only time you can apply for an FIT scholarship is when you are in your second semester for upcoming school years. I was lucky to receive the FIT scholarship based on my GPA and academic achievement so thats gonna make this upcoming year a whole lot easier for me. So work hard because it literally pays off.

    Am enjoying being here

    New York is no doubt the best place to go to for fashion design besides Europe but there is always study abroad programs which FIT is great at advertising about. The campus is right in the middle of everything literally! its on 27th st which is only a couple blocks away from time square on 42nd st and all the fashion stores where you can buy pretty much any fabric or trim etc that you may need for classes. There is also the Fashion bookstore and the Fashion Design store in the same street as the campus but usually i find the prices to be higher in those stores. Overall i think its a great school a lot of different kinds of people and is rated very high in NYC so when saying you graduated from there is a plus.

    Am learning a lot

    I took fashion design classes in high school so for me my first semester what a breeze and i did very well in all my classes. What i loved about being in FIT was the fact that so much time is dedicated to each aspect of fashion design; draping, fashion illustration, pattern making, sewing, and photoshop or in your freshmen year model drawing and life drawing. So you really learn very well in each area which is great. Also there are a lot of pretty awesome professors who really make the experience very different for each person attending the school.

  • 05/06/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 4 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious, motivated, dedicated, creative students who are passionate about what they do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, make sure you have everything, and check your MyFIT frequently. The essay counts for a lot, so don't be afraid to spend time on it!

  • 08/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 5 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Whatever you're doing, make sure you're good at it.

    Bang for the buck

    Living in NYC, tuition is low for in-state students, so financial woes are non-existent.

    Am enjoying being here

    Through EOP, I have managed to involve myself in a circle where I can have assistance in reaching my goals. Since I'm shy and couldn't really open up to strangers, it's difficult to interact with others, but all in all, it's a very busy, but good experience.

    Am learning a lot

    As an art and design student, it was nice to experience professional artists teaching us the ropes on how to better our artistic styles. You'll be able to learn a lot from these professors which would allow you to further express your creativity to the world.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 6 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's New York City. Little do most people know, it also happens to be one of the safest cities in the entire country. Big city + Condensed area = Security everywhere. FIT makes it a point to check everyone's student badge at every entrance to the building, even if they've seen you go in an out all day 10 times. Be smart (AKA, don't leave your belongings just lying around, that's just common sense) and you will be an NYC super-survivor. Assure your mothers and fathers that it's not a scary place, and take them to a Broadway show when they visit.

    Great for these types of students

    LGBTQ, Hard-Workers, Smart-Workers, Fashion Interested, Fashion Gurus, Social People, The Tech-Savvy, Artists, Anyone who wants a great network of people surrounding them at all times, City-lovers, Anyone who wants to leave suburbia for a bright future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    FIT is a fashion school, and attracts a lot of interesting cultures. There are jewish only clubs, black student union clubs, fashion merchandising clubs where you actually run the Style Shop (a little boutique of FIT students' handmade items). Also, because FIT is very come-as-you-are sexual orientation-wise, we host the Miss FIT pageant every spring: A Drag Fashion show that sells out the entire auditorium within 48 hours. Also, let it be known that FIT is one block wide, between 7th and 8th avenue on 27th street. Everything you need is within one street block, and 8 stories high. Some other NYC schools like Pratt and Parsons have their campuses scattered around the city, which makes for a daily commute just to talk with an advisor.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're a NY state resident, your tuition is pennies on the dollar compared to almost any other school. In-state tuition is less than $5,000 each YEAR. If you're international or out-of state, expect around $25,000, because that will include your dorming as well. There are so many payment options too, which makes those dreary zero's a little less severe to cope with.

    What to do for fun

    It's NYC! What isn't fun? The first year of college, about 10 promoters will add you on facebook and lure you to a Meatpacking District club with free entry + drinks all night. This, is a smart thing for them to do, as almost everyone jumps on the opportunity. Play it cool and don't jump off a roof later that evening, and this is a nice option for when you're broke, but still want to go out at night and appear that you are not. There is a hot yoga studio around the block, a few Gyms, an H&M dangerously nearby, hundreds of moderately priced cafés and Madison Square Garden. Honestly, your options are endless. Chelsea hosts gallery openings every Thursday, which is always a good time. You could get a pizza from Rosa's across the street, or you could try to meet with the Moroccan Consulate General. Your options are practically limitless.

    Food and Dining

    FIT tries really hard. We have a cool burger bar, more cereal than you can shake a stick at, some organic things, and a sushi bar. If you have a meal plan, you are obligated to eat here everyday. If you live in the Nagler dorm, you are obligated to have a meal plan. I think the caf is nice for the snack options and copious amounts of coffee, but I don't know if I could really bring myself to eat here everyday. There is a declining balance also offered (which I think is the best option), where you pay $500 at the beginning of the semester and use it at your leisure all the way through. You're not 'forced' to have 3 square meals here everyday like a meal plan, and you can pick and choose what suits you at the time.

    Dorm Life

    DRY-CAMPUS. Did you hear that? That means nothing, at all, even if you're 27 and living in the dorms (yes that does happen). No empty bottles that you put christmas lights in, no this isn't a marijuana bowl-i made it in pottery class. There are always a few activities going on, be it free Marc Jacobs condoms and cookies in the Lounge, or a floor mixer where everyone drinks lemonade and tries to socialize. My best advice is to join the facebook groups that emerge around the time you're accepted, and find a few people that you think you'd like to be friends with. Don't be shy! It's college, people are weird and only getting weirder, so it's nice to be yourself and find other people who will grow to love you for it. I used that facebook group to find my roommates that first year, and I turned out to love them all. We're all still friends, and I have no idea where I'd be today if I chose to be randomized into the lottery and matched up with people who may not share my interests at all.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course, there are some 'cool' professors who let you slide on homework, or give an exam that is evidently easy to pass. But as for the rest, your 3 hours of class is really just a meeting to talk about everything else that is relevant to it during the week. Projects can take weeks, Papers cannot be written overnight (If you thought your Jane Eyre thesis was a doozy a 2am - try to construct your senior Interior Design 3-D showcase thesis), and rarely are quizzes common sense, unless you were born a marketing guru. In which case, that's kind of weird, and you should have been an executive at the age of 13.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're not organized, I don't know if you'll make it out alive. FIT will not remind you that you should have taken that class last semester, FIT will not check to make sure you're eating properly or are getting enough sleep. You'll probably wake up after 4 years and ask- 'Did I just go to college at FIT?' unless you take initiative and are proactive. If you want to get a fashion internship -likely one of the most competitive kinds- you will be the one writing and revising your resume for 3 hours. You will be the one contacting (what seems like) hundreds of companies that fit your liking. As for friends, they will be made, but don't expect something of a Greek Life to provide you with a life-long brother or sisterhood. FIT is technically a technical school- meaning the folks here are in it to win it, to give 110% at all times, and not to 'screw around' and have a standard University lifestyle of debauchery for the first two years. If you do try to take that route, it will be made quite evident to you when you're interviewing for your first job and they ask you What else did you do when you were in College?.

    In three sentences

    FIT is the college for you if: You are ready to compete with thousands of other people just like you, You are (relatively) organized (even relatively is better than not at all. If you're the latter, this is not your best option), and You're not one to 'sit on your laurels' and wait for things to come to you. Sometimes, they really do! And that's great, but you can't count on it. Most people here juggle full-time jobs and social lives that directly connect to their 20 credit hours of classes each week.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    one of the most secure college campuses in the country. there are two security guards at every entrance of fit and at every dorm. student or faculty id must be shown to enter any building at any time.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    merchandising society (allows you to meet guest speakers, learn how to run a small business, and provides internship opportunities) athletics- tennis, dance team, table tennis, track and field, ect.

    Great for these types of students

    creative outgoing very fashion oriented bloggers business oriented artistic passionate

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the fit museum is attached to the school and allows students to see amazing fashion exhibits. also, the library at the school is extremely impressive in textile and fashion information.

    Bang for the buck

    fit gives you the connections and networking to get anywhere in the industry. considering fit is a state school, the tuition (in state and out of state) is fairly inexpensive when comparing it to schools such as lim and parsons school of design.

    What to do for fun

    it's new york city, there is plenty of fun! you are living in the heart of chelsea, right between the village and time square! you can walk on the high line and experience the city from above, you can walk to chelsea market and enjoy bakeries, shops, and restaurants. shopping is all around you and night life is always buzzing.

    Food and Dining

    the meal plans options are flexible, however the food itself is limiting. not too much of an issue (due to suite style dorms), but the selection of food is small. however, there is a starbucks located within the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    there is one all girl dorm (nagler hall), a co-ed dorm (suite style), and alumni hall that is also suite style. living on campus is extremely efficient for students because they are right across the street from fit.

    Academic Rigor

    fit professors hold high standards for their students. most of the professors at fit are working in their field and have 20+ years of experience, so they have high expectations. students have intense core classes with liberal art classes as well. an fit student must be organized and have good time management to succeed academically .

    Tips for prospective students

    1. make sure you visit before deciding, it is an art school, not a typical university. 2. before committing to fit, make sure you feel extremely confident and interested in the major you have selected. 3. be current in whats going in the real world and the fashion world (new york times, wwd)

    In three sentences

    i would rate fit, 9 out of 10. fit offers endless opportunities that allow students to get involved in the fashion industry in college. all of the professors and faculty are serious about every students success. last but not least, fashion institute provides the foundation you need to entire your profession.

  • 09/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Rated the 8th safest school in the nation, and number 1 in New York City. Do I need to tell more ?

    Greek Life

    What Greek Life? lol

    Clubs and Activities

    The various amount of club and activities will help you out in the future with various amount of tasks.

    Great for these types of students

    Artist's Visionaries Die-Hard fashioner's weirdo's Individuals Dreamers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chelsea Piers, enough said. I'll tell you the tradition when you get here ;)

    Bang for the buck

    It's pricey, especially for out of state students. Let's just say if your roommate is from the Bronx, and you're all the way from Arizona, expect to be paying 3x the amount he is.

    What to do for fun

    EXPLORE ! HAVE FUN ! You're in NYC for a reason.

    Food and Dining

    Eww .. the food is tasty on some days, but everyone misses home cook meals.

    Dorm Life

    Coming from my stand point, the male to female ratio is ridiculous. For every 20 girls there is 1 boy. Which this is a knife that cuts both ways, because 99.8% of the male population is gay ! The dorms are located right on campus, smack dabbed in the middle of the Chelsea District/ Fashion District, with the view of Times Square right down the block.

    Academic Rigor

    Being in NYC and going to a fashion school, the instructor's expect the very best from you. Many of them are trained professionals who have, or are still working in the industry. Stay on top of your academic's and don't get caught up in the lifestyle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live Laugh Learn and study hard lol

    In three sentences

    The Fashion Institute of Technology isn't solely based on the studying of fashion. Inspiration comes from a variety of sources, from your peers, to the New York City skyline. Lastly the opportunities are endless.

  • 06/06/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    anyone with an interest, passion, or flare for art

    Tips for prospective students

    get to know your way around, its a big building.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of attendance plus dorming offers a great price compared to the ungodly prices of other art schools

    Will enjoy being here

    The environment is great for anyone who wishes to attend an art school, from the museum to the displayed works all over. The people are nice, and for someone like myself who will be dorming, you're in the heart of the city, what else could you want?

    Will learn a lot

    The people I met while there were very helpful and knowledgeable.

  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for an exciting, fast paced, cultural and fashionable school, FIT is it. If you are outgoing, friendly, like to learn about other parts of the world and are independent, FIT will be like a second home.

    Tips for prospective students

    Intern Intern Intern! You will hear this a million times from your future professors so I would get started now. Look for companies that you may be interested in working for in the future and try out all possible avenues; Internships are fun and a great way to learn about what you want to do as a career.

    Bang for the buck

    I will not lie- for an out of state resident, FIT can be a little pricy. Although I am learning a ton, I have found that the real information is industry experience. Future employers want to see what you have done in the industry, not just what your grades are. Graduating from FIT looks amazing on your resume but it is a bit pricy.

    Am enjoying being here

    New York City is the fashion capital of the world! Unless you live in Paris, this is the best place to be for pursuing fashion related careers. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time living in this city through being here at FIT. The campus is so nice and inviting, the people are cultural and exciting and the choices of activities to do are overwhelming and abundant! If anything else, you will have a blast here at FIT.

    Am learning a lot

    The Fashion Institute of Technology is the only school I have ever wanted to go to since I was 10 years old. After being here for a year and a half, I must say it is different than I expected in good ways and also a few challenging ways. The professors are fantastic; their industry experience makes class exciting and realistic. The course options are wonderful and challenging. New York City is the best place to be if you are pursuing fashion! However, FIT does not hold your hand and guide you along; You are thrown out into the pool with all the other fish which can be confusing and difficult at times. I have learned to get used to this and once you do, you will be fine.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    security guards everywhere! your id is checked everywhere you walk in so have it handy. but there's always of surplus of security guards walking around, patrolling and while they might get on your nerves, they are friendly enough so you don't have to worry just be nice to them.

    Clubs and Activities

    fit even has a knitting club last i heard, we have a dance company, a salsa club, a theatre company, a radio a school newspaper and 40+ clubs which is a lot considering we're a small school. there's a game room in the student life center, lounges and chairs in places you weren't aware of. there are so many things to do at fit that it can be overwhemling but student life sends out an email every week so that you know exactly what activites are going on that week and you dont miss a minute of the fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a game room on the 7th floor of the a building which few know about, and we got a new lounge on the 5th floor of a building which is just a great place to chill out or study.

    Bang for the buck

    for my budget fit was a godsend. they are not too expensive even though they do raise their prices as you advance academically. it cost about $700 more a semester once you move into your bachelors (for ny-residents) but it doesn't burn too big a hole your pocket. they also let you enroll in payment plans as a full time student so if you can't pay it in full you can pay in 5 payments over the semester. they have also created an website as part of myfit where you can access and view your bill and even pay it online. it's really easy and convenient.

    What to do for fun

    you're in ny! i am a new yorker so i really love new york, i've lived here all my life and there's always something new to see. it depends on your tastes and your budget, if you like to go shopping your blocks away from 34th or 14th which is shopping central. there are museums where as students we get discounts or only have to make donations. you're bound to meet promoters all over the places esp. around fit so if clubbing is your thing then that's the way to go. just take walks and don't be afraid to look up down and all around cause i guarantee that you will find something to your tastes.

    Food and Dining

    the food is ok, a little pricey sometimes but they do have a specials and meal plans. the downside to a meal plan is that you're kind of stuck with eating in the cafeteria which is kind of a bummer because no one wants to eat the same thing everyday. there are tons of food places all around, sometimes it gets hard to choose just one. there are healthy choices, there are fast food places, there are delis, we are in the heart of the city, it's hard to find what you want.

    Dorm Life

    i have not lived in the dorms, but know many who have. apparently the security is a little tight and the dorms right across the street are only for the incoming freshman. the other dorms are on 31st street so it isnt too long a walk. most students choose to find their own apartment with a roomate after a few semesters because lets face it, if you're living in ny you dont want the hassle of a curfew or a security gaurd keeping you from a possible adventure.

    Academic Rigor

    you have to choose a major at fit before you are even admitted as a student, while it isn't hard to change it afterwards, know that you really get what you're asking for. the classes are designed to give you a well-rounded education of your topic of interest. fit is definitely one of a kind when it comes to pretty much everything so the classes are definitely very interesting .

    Tips for prospective students

    get as involved as possible, attend events, meet new people because everyone has an amazing story. take advantage of the different programs they offer from dance and fitness to poetry and comedy classes. you don't have to be bored in a normal acamedics class when classes like that can count toward your degree, just learn where to look. also one big thing is to ask around about profesors, most of them are lovely and know there stuff but it's always a good idea to ask around so you know you're choosing the right one. (ask more than one person too so your dont get a biased opinion)

    In three sentences

    with nyc as its campus fit's learning possibilities are endless. having industry professionals as professors makes a huge difference because you know your learning things you will acutally use. it's a great school that offers so much that you actually look forward to going to class.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you have patience

    In three sentences

    trying to apply here is too stressful, the office of admission never wants to work with students, and there is often at 15 min wait just to speak with someone.

  • 09/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's impossible to even consider a one-night stand at this school the security here is so strict. To register a guess, day or extended or overnight, is such a hassle it's better to forget it and tell them to stay in the New Yorker. We're ranked one of the safest schools in America. So safe it borders on annoying if anything, but the likelihood of something occuring seems small and that's reassuring if you're new to New York City.

    Clubs and Activities

    Most of our clubs aren't extracurricular in the fact they let you develop hobbies. Almost all of them are major-related or ethnic-related and typically just help develope your skills and opportunities for whatever you are here for. There aren't a lot of kids interested in music, for example. We ahve no bands or orchestras. We don't have the weird clubs like they do in small upstate schools like the Cupcake Testing Club.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're more in love with the latest trends than you are your own gradmother congrats, you belong at FIT. Slackers will get talked about. You not only have to be on top of your work, but your style game as well. Knockoffs will be dismissed along with your reputation. If you like to dress up and express yourself through clothing, and scoff at the sight of sweatpants this is the place for you. The ones who aren't afraid and seek experience. Who are ambitious. At times it can be a lot like Mean Girls, except with more gay men, but if you can tune out the drama and tune into the fact you're livign the life most people dream about you're going to enjoy your time here.

    Bang for the buck

    As a New York resident, it doesn't get much cheaper than FIT if you want a top ranked school at community college prices. It's dorming expenses that are a kick in the rear, not tuition. People forget we're a SUNY school, and because of that we don't give out many scholarships (again, fierce competiton especially amongst international kids). We have internships and seminars with all the greatest people you want to be in the fashion empire. I've been offered experiences just based on the fact I go here regardless of my major. While supplies can get rough, just scrounge your pocket change like the rest of us unless you're one of the rich kids here who don't need to pay their way through school. It's hard, but even if you only get the 2 year degree it's worth it to be an FIT garduate.

    What to do for fun

    You're in freaking midtown Manhattan! For the toursisty folk, you're just a stroll away from Times Square: a place people have dreamt all their life of going to. If you're digging the bohemian scene, take the 1 down to Greenich Village and admire the quaint cafes and cobble streets. Perhaps visit some friends at NYU? If you're big on shopping, you have all of 5th ave to rely on. There's tons of clubs and it doesn't take long to know the right people to get into them. You can go out to eat, see a movie. Go up to Central Park, and Williamsburg, Brooklyn (hipster mecca) is a short ride away. In Chelsea, there's tons of art galleries to look at. We have Madison Square Garden just a few blocks up, and downtown Webster Hall for concerts and show. The Met and MoMa give student discounts. Honestly if you're bored in Manhattan, you're either poor or doing it wrong. Actually I'm sure even the broke folks get a joy out of people watching or celebirty stalking.

    Food and Dining

    Just please forget the meal plan. For your own sake. I do wish the best for those who work in our cafeteria, and at first glance the different stations seem appealing but trust me by the end of the first semester that pile of unseasoned rice and brownish leaves from the salad bar are going to look as good as the dirty socks you saw in the subway station platform. So if you can manage to avoid Nagler Hall and Co-Ed you can opt out, and get yourself some real food. Whether it's Two Bros Pizza, Chipotle, or one of the various restuarants and idners all across Midtown you literally will be in for a treat. At least you have options here!

    Dorm Life

    This isn't a frat-house. You're not going to find people talking about the latest parties on campus, because everyone is either in the clubs downtown or at loft parties in Brooklyn. While it's very chic, you find msot students here wistfully dreaming of the traditional college experience their friends back home have if only for a bit. FITs campus is literally 27th and 7th ave. That entire block is ours, and 3 of the 4 dorm halls are across the street for freshmen so you can run to your class 5 minutes beforehand. Kaufman hall is 31st and 9th, about 15 minutes away. Otherwise if you don't like it, get an apartment in Harlem or Queens and commute. I won't lie, sharing a floor with a bunch of horomonal young women can be a bit...dramatic.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is known for its laborous work schedule. It is universal across all majors. From the Design and Fine Art students who spend hours in darkrooms and studios to the FMM and business students mounting stacks of papers and reports you're going to be busy. Balancing that against the fun of NYC nightlife is quite a skill to be acheived. Most people who came here had FIT as their dream school and have come from small towns and foreign countries and don't plan on returning soon, so the compeition of dedication can drive even the most doe-eyed aspiring fashion students. While you jump right into courses for your major (there's no foundation year), you have to also take liberal arts and SUNY general education courses. So don't be surprised your term garment is the due the same day as your pre-natal psychology research paper.

    Tips for prospective students

    Especially if you're not from New York, the relocation is going to be pretty crazy. And while the brights lights make you dizzy at first, it won't be long until you're another grumbling New York college student clutching their starbucks coffee and dodging tourists with your portfolio case trying to make it to that 8am class. If you wan connections, this is where they happen. The opportunities in, around, and outside of the school are abound but this is only for those who are truly passionate about the industry. You have to eat and breathe it, or they'll eat you alive. This fast-paced, cut-throat environment is definitely not for everyone.

    In three sentences

    Living in Manhattan is extreemly glamorous and exciting, however the downfall to that is that you're in Manhattan. Here lies some of the best of the best, and the entire industry is your competition. With names like Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs as past alumnis you know to make it in the big city you're going to need 2 cups of hardwork and a dash of luck on your side.

  • 08/30/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    extremely reasonable tuition, and I am out of State

    Will enjoy being here

    Fantastic location, very safe campus

    Will learn a lot

    I have taken 3 pre-college classes here. I have learned so much and had amazing experiences. I recommend these classes to anyone who can go.

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 61

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    Campus Safety

    security guards are everywhere on campus! it is impossible to go anywhere on campus without showing your student id

    Greek Life

    non-existent

    Clubs and Activities

    there are tons of clubs, most are major-related but not all of them. it's a great way to meet more people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none

    Bang for the buck

    fit students always complain about the cost of attending here, but honestly we get an amazing education at a fairly low cost.

    What to do for fun

    your in new york city, there are endless opportunities for fun!

    Food and Dining

    typical cafeteria food that is overpriced. there are plenty of healthy and vegetarian options. since we are in the city, there are lots of dining options near the campus, which means there are plenty of food options when you get sick of the cafeteria

    Dorm Life

    the rules aren't implemented very well, but the security guards are strict. the open-door policy commonly found at other colleges is not allowed at fit. parties are not allowed in the dorms. basically its the exact opposite of what you expect dorm life to be.

    Academic Rigor

    a typical college student takes about 12 credits per semester. the average fit student takes 18 credits per semester. you have to do the work if you want high grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    attending fit definitely will not give you the traditional college experience perfect college if you want a head-start on your career search for scholarships because fit does not give out much financial aid make sure this is the industry that you want to be in--too many students transfer out of fit because they realize they picked the wrong major

    In three sentences

    overall the education and experience is great. you won't have the typical college experience, but there are so many opportunities in the city.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 61

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    Campus Safety

    the campus is extremely safe, there are security guards st every entrance, and one can only gain entrance with a student or faculty id.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs and activities in fit,there are dancing clubs, business clubs, language clubs, and volunteer clubs as well as religious cubs.

    What to do for fun

    fit has several activities, there are constant shows on campus, competitions and student life activities are very active. there are also several clubs who do traveling within the united states and abroad.

    Food and Dining

    the food like any other cafeteria is alright. there is a new starbucks in the cafeteria, so that has helped the dining area.

    Dorm Life

    i do not dorm, but from what i have seen they are average.

    Academic Rigor

    the academics can be rigorous, depending on the major one takes, but students are expected to give a complete effort and do their very best in every class.

    Tips for prospective students

    new students should note that fit is not like a regular college campus. it is extremely hands on and competitive, people from all around the world go to fit to study so know that you will be meeting people from all walks of life. fit is run like a business, so it is not only a classroom of students but people are taught to work together in and treated as adults who are functioning members of the fashion industry.

    In three sentences

    fit is an amazing school that provides students with the resources and a foundation to begin careers in the fashion industry. what i like most about fit is that the professors are all apart of the fashion industry and have a wealth of knowledge about their field. the college is extremely proactive and hands on and since it is in one of the fashion capitals of the world the learning process goes well beyond the classrooms.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You must have your ID at all times. The security people are really on top of that and enforce the rules to the fullest extent. I feel pretty safe once inside the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Urban Studio and Art Collective clubs stand out in the Fine Arts department. They offer a lot more in other majors which are excellent ways to develop a student community.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a hands on individual that is not afraid of a challenge or failure. If your passion is fashion then you will be inspired by most students here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The great hall is a great place to find isolated study time.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a state university. For in-state students this is a great affordable school to attend. The education here is a steal for the tuition money.

    What to do for fun

    There are always gallery opening every Thursday in Chelsea. This is great way to meet other artists and form a sense of reference to the art world. The school offers many clubs and activities to suit all people. I personally like to take advantage of their open gym hours.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria here has funny hours but you are in the center of the universe. You can always find a bite in the immediate area.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are small but they are in Manhattan. There is no better place to live.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a challenging school. Fine Arts is very competitive and the teachers expect that of this department. You are in Fine Arts with thousands of other artists from other school so the department at FIT trains you vigorously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your assignments and deadlines. Try to develop mentoring relationships with your teachers and advisors. Always push it to the furthest you can with all of your projects.

    In three sentences

    This a great State University school. The both Art and School of design and their Business school train you with hands on experience. The teachers I have had are all practicing experienced artists that have taught at other prestige colleges.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 61

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    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Large number of clubs on campus

    Great for these types of students

    Independent students will do best here.

    Bang for the buck

    Since every teacher has industry experience, you feel as though you are learning from the best.

    What to do for fun

    The school is located in New York City. What is there not to do? Any activity you enjoy you can do there. The nightlife is HUGE and accessible to all. There is an endless number of restaurants, retailers, museums, parks, etc.

    Food and Dining

    AVOID being stuck in a dorm that forces you to have a meal plan. There is just one dining hall and it is tiny, the food isn't good and there is very little variety. And a lot of it is terrible for you. AVOID.

    Dorm Life

    Avoid. Off-campus apartments are better. Dorms are super pricey ( most would equal paying 1,500 per month) and you pay that ridiculous amount of money (6,000 a semester) to live in a box. And security is so annoying.

    Academic Rigor

    I may be giving it a 4 because I am very lazy. But don't be fooled because it's a fashion school, you will have piles of homework weekly. It's enough to handle it if you have decent time management and organizational skills.

    Tips for prospective students

    For art students: your work is either strong enough to get you in, or it's not. For business students, your essay should be very unique to set you apart for other candidates. FIT is one of the top 2 fashion schools in the US and should be taken seriously.

    In three sentences

    The Fashion Institute of Technology is an incredible school with endless possibilities. The majors are close together so you can take classes from other majors that are very relevant to your studies. FIT has the best faculty; all teachers are required to have industry experience.

  • 06/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is one of their top priorities at FIT. Security guards walk up and down the street at all hours. In order to enter any building you need to flash your ID and sign in all guests.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life, which is kind of disappointing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for almost everything! And if you want to start a new club its super easy to do.

    Great for these types of students

    FIT is great for students who really have a passion for their major. Don't worry not everyone is as obsessed with fashion as you would think. FIT loves students who are original and creative.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Be on the lookout when the weather is nice there is always something going on in the Breezeway (Flea Markets and performers). Also make sure you go to the Block Party at the end of the year. There is free food and attractions, last year there was a zip-line that went down 27th street.

    Bang for the buck

    FIT is a state university so you are getting a great education at one of the top fashion schools for a good price.

    What to do for fun

    The school is located in the heart of NYC so you're steps away from tons of attractions. If you don't feel like walking getting around is easy since the 1 subway line is located right by campus. There are also tons of parks to go to on a nice day.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining hall is decent. You have the choice to pick from stuff on a grill, deli, sushi, home cooked meals station, pizzeria, salad station and a global station. The menus changes at most of the stations daily. There is also a Starbucks that is located in the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is recommended for at least a semester. It gives you the opportunity to meet many different kinds of people. There is always some type of event going on where you can get free food and prizes or just have the chance to make a new friend.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major the academic rigor may be different. Business students have a lot of reading and writing while design students put a lot of hours into their projects. The rigor depends on your past experience and knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school forces you to grow up fast and prepares you for real world work experience. When you apply make sure you know which major you want to spend the next couple of years on. It is hard to switch majors because you have to reapply to the school.

    In three sentences

    FIT is located in NYC, the prime location for students who are interested in the fashion industry. At this school you're given many opportunities to meet professionals in whichever industry you are going into. All of the teachers have had at least seven years of experience in their field of study in order to work there.

  • 01/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 61

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    Campus Safety

    HERE IN FLORENCE IS ONE OF THE SAFETY CITIES FO THE WORD SO OBVIUSLY THERE IS POLICE BUT IT IS ACTUALLY NOT NECCESSARY NOT MATTER WHAT HOUR IT IS, BELIEVE ME...!!!

    Clubs and Activities

    SINCE WE ARE IN AN ABROAD PROGRAM ONLY HAVE OUR OWN FITSA CLUB WHICH NEED ACTUALLY A LOT OF IMPROVEMENT STARTING WITH THE PRESIDENT WHICH REALLY NEED TO CARE AND BE INVOLVE IN THE ACTIVITIES HE SUPOUSE TO BE

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    BE PREPARED BECAUSE THE ONLY UNFORTUNATE THING HERE IS THAT EVERYTHING CLOSE REALLY EARLY AROUND 6 PM SO JUST BE REALLY ORGANIZED WITH YOUR ACTIVITIES SO YOU DO NOT HAVE ISSUES WITH YOU DUE DATE AND OTHER THINGS YOU NEED

    What to do for fun

    HERE IS FLORENCE THERE IS A TONE OF OPPORTUNITIES SIMPLY AS JSUT WALK, MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, PARKS AND OBVIUSLY AT NIGTH PUBS, DISCOS, THERE ARE ENDLESS OPTIONS FOR ALL TYPES OF FUN

    Food and Dining

    INCREDIBLE ENOUGH THEY SAID HERE IN ITALY YOU CAN EAT THE BEST PIZZA AND DRINK THE MOST WONDERFUL COFFEE OF THE WORLD BUT LET ME TELL YOU THIS IS NOT ACCURATE ENOUGH, I MEAN DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND ME BUT I HAVE DECENT AND THE SAVE LEVEL TASTY FUN THAN IN US OR WHEN IM FROM MEXICO, ANYHOW MAYBE I JUST HAD A REGULAR PALADAR

    Dorm Life

    I DO NOT LIVE IN DORMS BUT THE FACILITIES ARE TOP OF THE LINE ALL RENEWED AND ALL THE THINGS YOU NEED AND ACTUALLY CHEAPER THAN THE APARMENTS OUTSIDE

    Academic Rigor

    THE TEACHERS ARE REALLY WELL PREPARED BECAUSE THEY COME FROM ALL THE WORD SO REALLY IS A ONE TIME OPPORTUNITTY TO LEARN FROM SO DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS BUT THE THING THAT REALLY AMAZED ME WAS THEY REALLY CARE AND PUSH YOU FORWARD TO FULLFILLED ALL THE POTENCIAL YOU HAVE, NOT MATTER THE TIME THE ALWAYS AVAILABLE AND WITH JOY TO HELP YOU WHICH IS NOT NORMAL BELEIVE OR NOT IM REALLY PLEASE AND THANKFUL FOR THEIR INTEREST

    Tips for prospective students

    BRING AS MUCH MATERIALS AND ART SUPPLIES YOU CAN: FABRICS, PAPER EVERYTHING BE PREPARE FOR NOT HEAT AS YOU USE TO BE, MOSQUITOS AND HOT/COLD SO BRING ALL THE GOODIES (CHOCOLATES, PEANUT BUTTER, ETC.) AND WINTERCLOTHS YOU CAN IT WOULB BE REALLY HELPFUL IF YOU AT LEAST TAKE ONE COURSE OF ITALIAN BEFORE YOU ARRIVE HERE

    In three sentences

    COLLEGE THAT ALLOWS YOU TO GROW AS MUCH AS YOU WANT ACADEMIC TEAM AND TEACHERS THAT GO OVER AND BEYOND THEIR RESPOSABILITIES ENVIROMENT THAT ALLOWED YOU TO FEEL, SEE, AND EXPERIENCIE WHAT ALL IS ART NOT JUST IN A CLASSROOM

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the security on campus is ridiculously tight! one can't enter an fit building without an id and there are literally about 2 -3 security guards at the entrance to each building. guards walk around the campus and in the buildings 24/7, so you'll be pretty safe here!

    Clubs and Activities

    as stated previously, there is a club for pretty much everyone and there are several activities hosted each week for students to take a break from their school work and have some fun.

    Great for these types of students

    fit is great for students who are passionate about the field they want to enter and love the city. you'll enjoy the fit experience 10x more!

    What to do for fun

    there are many fun activities on campus each week for students to enjoy themselves or relax. just this week, there was a laser tag contest on campus!

    Food and Dining

    the food at fit caters to different cultures and religions at a reasonable price. i bring my own lunch, but every once in a while when i want to treat myself, i go to the fit cafe.

    Dorm Life

    personally, i don't dorm but from what i hear from my friends, dorming at fit is a pretty awesome experience.

    Academic Rigor

    at fit one must really give 100% to earn the grade they work for, so do your very best and you'll be proud once its done.

    Tips for prospective students

    stay focused! don't slack off and try to do your very best in everything you do. giving 50% of energy won't benefit you in the end because you'll be giving 50% in everything you do in life and you will not survive in any design field without effort and passion. get involved! there's always something going on on campus and there is a club for everyone to join.

    In three sentences

    fit is a school for anyone who's interested in a career in the creative field. at this wonderful campus in the heart of manhattan, there is inspiration everywhere. the faculty are working in the industry to make sure you get the very best knowledge and experience to prepare you for the creative world.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    security everywhere and the street blocked off during the day!

    Bang for the buck

    fit is definitely a great price considering all the resources it has and its location! it's actually cheaper than a couple other suny schools i was looking at that aren't even in the city!

    In three sentences

    from my short visit i took away that fit is a great college with lots to offer. it seemed like there was always something going on and i was especially interested in the various fitness classes they had available like yoga and zumba! it also seemed like a vary safe campus with security at every entrance of every building.

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 61

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    Campus Safety

    Security guards all over all the time

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Annual block party (aka the whole campus party) with tons of free food and activities.

    Bang for the buck

    Really affordable compared to other colleges.

    What to do for fun

    It's in NYC!

    Food and Dining

    I don't have a meal plan because my dorm has a kitchen, but I've heard the cafeteria gets boring after a while.

    Dorm Life

    Living right across the street from class is amazing for first-year students. It's so convenient and is a great experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard on your portfolio (for art and design majors), and consider taking their precollege classes if you're nearby.

    In three sentences

    FIT really prepares its students for their chosen fields. They have all the right equipment, and the professors push you to reach your full potential. You can't beat the location either.

  • 04/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None.

    Bang for the buck

    NYS residents pay between $2-3k a semester!

    What to do for fun

    It's NYC! EVERYTHING is at your fingertips. Get a copy of Time Out NY and check the listings for things to do; it's cliché but there really is something for everyone here. Even if city life isn't your thing, you are less than three hours away from beaches (The Hamptons), mountains (Bear Mountain/Poconos), and wilderness (Hudson Valley/Catskills).

    Food and Dining

    Way too overpriced for what it is. You're paying for convenience rather than quality here so I recommend going to the nearby Whole Foods market where for the same amount of money you'll get MUCH better food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are right across the street from the school so you can literally roll out of bed and into a class. If proximity and campus access is crucial do dorm. Otherwise skip the dorm and get an apartment. Your rent will be about the same and you won't be nannied by RA/security.

    Academic Rigor

    Not very difficult but lots of work. Time management skills are crucial.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school, take the tour and check out the student work (if pursuing an art degree) on behance's student show site. Housing costs in NYC are exorbitant, but at least tuition is cheap! The best part of all, you'll be in NYC...Call admissions for grade requirements (I believe it's at least 3.0) and have some life drawing skill if applying to the art school.

    In three sentences

    Lots of pretentious people here. Unorganized administration. Good value, however.

  • 05/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Tons of security at all times.

    Greek Life

    We don't have any greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 75 clubs on campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Miss. FIT is a drag pageant which is such a fun tradition we have!

    Bang for the buck

    In-state is so affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Exploring the city is my favorite thing to do. It is never ending fun but there are also tons of events on campus to participate in and lots of ways to get involved.

    Food and Dining

    We have one main cafeteria which is good but it gets old after a while.

    Dorm Life

    I am an R.A on campus and I love it. We hold tons of activities and there are a lot of options on what kind of room you want to live in. You are also in the middle of New York City!

    Academic Rigor

    depending on your major it is a lot of work, however it is definitely doable and will give you great experience. I will graduate here with the confidence to do anything I want in my industry and be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as soon as possible, come get a tour and if you are accepted get excited!

    In three sentences

    This school gives a lot of real-life experience in different industries. There are tons of opportunities to get in involved on and off campus. All of the professors are experiences and you will learn a lot here.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe at school and in the dorms. The security are very strict about who they let into the building- if you don't have an ID card, you're not getting in. I have not heard of any safety problems in my time here.

    Greek Life

    We don't really have any.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and things to do around school (community service, volunteering at Fashion Week, etc.)

    Great for these types of students

    FIT is great for the unique/outgoing/ student, but there is also a place for more quiet or careet-driven students as well. The cool thing is that it's a big enough school to find a group of friends with similar interests, and a small enough school where you won't get lost and all your professors will know you by name.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On campus, they just put in a new student lounge which is really modern and cool. As far as unique traditions, we do have a drag queen pageant every year! That's something you won't find anywhere else.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as tuition goes, since FIT is a state school, it's very inexpensive compared to other places. You DEFINITELY get your bang for the buck here. FIT has some of the best courses and majors, as well as amazing professors from the industry. Also, when you come to FIT, you are starting on the first day taking classes related to your major- there is NO foundation year like other schools (ie, Parsons). I found this to be very positive, because I always knew exactly which major I wanted and did not need to waste the time and money ($50,000+) on a foundation year.

    What to do for fun

    There's a comedy theatre right across the street from FIT called UCB, which offers free or really cheap stand-up and improv shows-sometimes you can catch SNL castmembers and the like (!!). This place is kind of a hidden gem because I find not a lot of people know about it. Also, there are just tons of other things to do in NYC- movies, parks, festivals, flea markets- you name it. On campus there are lots of clubs to join and there are constantly all kinds of different events going on at school.

    Food and Dining

    My first year, I was on the meal plan, and the food was actually pretty good- better than expected. Once I switched into a room with a kitchen, I stopped the meal plan and stuck to making my own food. The great thing about FIT's location is that it's walking distance to lots of places to get groceries (Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, etc.) and also many restaurants and fast food places.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at FIT are pretty good. They're clean and safe and that's mostly all you can ask for. For freshman, the dorms are directly across the street from the school, which is great. I'd definitely recommend applying for a suite with a kitchen and bathroom. For upperclassmen, there is a newer residence hall just a few blocks away. It only has suites (so every room has a kitchen and bathroom). It also has a gym, computer lab, and other nice amenities in the basement. I like the upperclassmen hall because it's WAY quieter than the freshman dorms, and the rooms are large with high ceilings. The benefit of the dorms, and FIT in general, is the location, right in the heart of NYC with lots to do.

    Academic Rigor

    At FIT, you need to take the classes required for your major in addition to liberal arts courses. For example, if your major is fashion design, you'll be taking classes like sewing and life drawing, along with things like English and Science. The workload usually depends on which professor you get. The major-related courses definitely demand much time and attention! You'll find yourself constantly working on projects and assignments late into the night. But this won't be a problem if you really love what you're doing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind, be prepared to work long hours if you are an art or design major, and have fun!

    In three sentences

    FIT is a unique place. You get out of it what you put into it. I love it here.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You will see some of the boys skate in the streets. They are always falling down and unaware of cars passing by. My advice do not do it in the street. Also people tend to smoke a lot, I dislike it but the honest truth is get use to it. Throughout my college experience I've had professors and students reeking of smoke. It's either you tell them if it's a health problem to you or sit away from them. Other than that campus is pretty good.

    Clubs and Activities

    If your outgoing and carefree go for student counsel, it would look good on your resume and it makes you seem more responsible. If not and you don't have a job I urge you to join a club that you can have a position in. Also,I like to work out in our new gym there are new machines and t.v.

    Great for these types of students

    If you need a job be very fast to get it. You can work at the student lab, library, tutor center, writing notes- yes writing notes for people, writing center, and other parts in FIT. This is away to help take care of yourself instead of having a parent do all the work. Also there are internships free and paid.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Movie night!!! Yes movie night, as a fashion design student I really don't have a life other than school and going to work. So when they have movie night. I truly enjoy it and it is in the A building, so you barely walk anywhere to see a great movie.

    Bang for the buck

    From time to time we have fairs and if your really nice to the people your able to bargain and get more for your money with a couple things you like.

    What to do for fun

    I like to relax on the student life floor in the A building. Sometimes they give free food and massages. For college students you need that. There is also a game and arts and crafts room. Everything on that floor is for free, especially the discounts to H&M and broadway plays. Enjoy what you pay for.

    Food and Dining

    There are better and cheaper foods to buy off campus. The cost for food in the school is shocking for college students. You minus well go to Apple bees and eat there because it's the same amount of money and more food. Do not waste your money on the food plan.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm. But my friends who do, tell me it's cheaper to find an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    It's very challenging many majors have more than the normal 5 classes per semester. For fashion design majors get use to the 8-9 classes. Most people have to take them to graduate on time. So take a deep breath and know that it's okay to break down from time to time because you will see people do it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be very focus, do not go party in your first semester because it will mess up your g.p.a, and it is hard to get it up from there. And that goes for any school. Enjoy the moments because believe it or not the school year goes fast!

    In three sentences

    There are people to help you so go out there and get help. There are many opportunities that can help you get a job, like internships, job fairs, and even a professor who has connections.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    28 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    From the reviews I found, FIT is known for its safety. You must present the guards with your ID card if you want to get in to any of the buildings. And they have a strict overnight visitations.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are up to 60 clubs at FIT, all of them have their weekly meetings on Thursday. They will really help students to explore their interests more, or just have fun. I gave this three stars because by the schedules arranged, FIT only allows students to join a maximum of 2 clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Driven, ambitious, hard working, somewhat independent, creative.

    Bang for the buck

    FIT is one of the cheapest universities in USA. And yet they provide their students with high standard curriculum and education.

    What to do for fun

    FIT is a 10-minute walk away from the Empire States Building and two blocks away to Madison Square Garden. It is practically in the heart of Manhattan! The right question would be, what NOT to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The in-campus dining is quite a terrible experience for some of the students as it only provides the students with almost the same meal every week. But, again, since it's in NYC, the off-campus dining is to-die for.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I read, FIT will push you beyond your boundaries. You need to be very sure of your major when registering because you will be stuck with it for two or more years.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have a high GPA and a really good essay/portfolio. Since I'm a business major, I only have to send them an essay. You really have to put your passion into your writing, so they will know how badly you want to be in that specific major, how talented you are, and how you're willing to work hard once you are admitted there.

    In three sentences

    Diversity at its best. Moving towards their dreams together with big ambitions. The most creative people you will have ever met in your life.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    FIT is a very secure campus. Security guards are always on the lookout, and the school is pretty much surrounded by cameras and security. You also must have a school ID to enter the building

    Clubs and Activities

    FIT pretty much has a club for anything, from Illustration, to fashion design, even production management, FIT has a club for any and every personal taste.

    What to do for fun

    FIT is filled with plenty of activities, and many clubs. FIT also offers a variety of party's every semester. FIT is also not so far away from pen station, and surrounded by many shops to choose from. There is plenty to do on campus as well as off campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, its not your typical high school cafeteria food. There is food for any personal preference. However it can be pretty pricey at times.

    Dorm Life

    I like the dorms, however I don't love them. The FIT dorms are pretty expensive, and for some its actually more expensive than the actual tuition towards the school. If dorm life wasn't as expensive, it would be more thangreat.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is fabulous, Its fashion paradise, and well priced. I have no complaints about this school, besides the fact that some teachers will push you beyond your limit, because they want you to give it your all. It can be frustrating, but its well paid off at the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    My main tip is, you have to be prepared to face the challenges.Many people come to college and expect everything to be easy. But you get a lot of homework, that is mandatory to complete. If you love what you do, then stay true to what you love and give it your all.If you triumph for what you want to pursue than you will succeed.

    In three sentences

    This school is great for students who love creativity. This school offers many programs and there wide range continues to expand. If you are an artsy person or just plain ol love fashion, this school is a must, FIT is fabulous.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always guards on every corner, all hours of the night.

    Great for these types of students

    Artistic, independent individuals.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    FIT is located in the historic Chelsea neighborhood, campus is safe.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of attendance is a steal in comparison to many art schools across the nation and I'm an out of stater.

    Food and Dining

    Never tried it, but I hear it's decent.

    Dorm Life

    At least it's affordable for New York City. The security checks can be a bit much.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not that the material is exceptionally difficult, but the volume can get overwhelming. FIT runs at an accelerated pace.

    Tips for prospective students

    You're kind of on your own when it comes to academic planning. So, learn your majors courses and be proactive about your education.

    In three sentences

    FIT has some of the most knowledgeable professors with industry experience. It's not always about what you know, but who you know, and the professors are people to know. There are so many great resources at FIT!

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Fine

    Greek Life

    None, fortunately.

    Great for these types of students

    Unusual.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are a state resident, you can't do better.

    What to do for fun

    You're in NYC! (Say no more.)

    Food and Dining

    Mediocre. (esp if you are a vegetarian)

    Dorm Life

    Typical dorm -- uber-tight security, which is probably a good thing, but gets old after awhile.

    Academic Rigor

    I take mostly art classes, which are great but not academically rigourous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your portfolio is your best work -- some heavy competition out there.

    In three sentences

    A great place for artists and people interested in fashion, especially if you like to push the envelope artistically and personally. The school administration is mostly terrible--very un-user friendly, although I did find some helpful people in the continuing ed dept. The teachers (so far!) are wonderful, professionals in their fields and really care about the students.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Artsy with a love of fashion!

    Bang for the buck

    Yes...If you have your New York residency. I received mine before I applied but I had already been living in New York City.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria was amazing...Sushi bar? Yes!

    Dorm Life

    I did not love the dorms and am planning on commuting from an off campus location. I hate the idea of a public bathroom and freshman dorms have no kitchen!

    Academic Rigor

    I've read that some of the professors teaching at FIT are the best in the business. I'm excited to start and learn as much as possible about the industry.

    Tips for prospective students

    FIT has so many clubs and fun physical education classes to take! Sign up for things to meet people!

    In three sentences

    Based on what I've seen, it looks like a great place to learn. The class rooms are big, the library is incredible and Barnes and Nobles is the bookstore! I was very impressed when I went there and felt like I was making the right choice.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    No greek life.

    Bang for the buck

    Very affordable instate tuition. Great Bang for the Buck!

    What to do for fun

    Fit offers many extracurricular activities, clubs, and societies. Asides from all that you can do at school, you have the excitement of NYC as a backyard.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria offers good food at affordable prices.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuting student.

    Academic Rigor

    Although FIT is Academically rigorous, its many campus resources and industry experienced professionals are a great asset in understanding courses, and formatting a healthy schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should arrive at FIT with an idea of what your career after FIT will look like. This will be a great help when selecting the kinds of courses you want as part of your electives.

    In three sentences

    FIT Offers diverse courses with a rigorous curriculums. The teachings of the classrooms are invaluable when you begin to understand the applicability and relevance of your courses outside the classroom. FIT challenges the student to think critically and outside conventions, graduating professionals not simply students.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security is very tight at this school!

    Greek Life

    There is one fraternity and one sorority, but no Greek House, nothing like the tradition greek life. These two Societies are only good for scholarship options and resume.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities but most of them are not as active.

    What to do for fun

    You live in New York city, do anything you want! Clubbing, going to park, going for walk, movies, shopping, its all here with lots of transportation options!

    Food and Dining

    Terrible food. Horribly expensive. Some decent items are available but one can survive on two decent items for only few days. Hours are also very limited.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is decent. They have too many regulations though, (probably because it is in the midst of new york city, so for security reasons). The cost is good, considering you get housing in the middle of Manhattan. Many res. life events occur but none too happening or big except the Block Party at the end of each year.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are tough but bring out the best. They prepare you for the professional world outside school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to work harder, taking a class everyday, working on assignments after class in labs and library and get used to re-dos (especially if you are in design)

    In three sentences

    Its different than a regular college. ( as it is in middle of new york city). One has to work really hard here but it brings out the best. Everything here is about Fashion, so prepared to be Fashionable.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you forget your ID you can to be looked up in the directory. No body gets in unless they are a student or have permission to get in.

    Great for these types of students

    Design lovers. The outcasts types. Everyone has a place to fit in here and no one is excluded....unless they want to be.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are a NYC resident you cant beat the price for such a great education.

    What to do for fun

    It's NYC....Need I say more?

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is alright. However you are right in the middle of NYC! You can get whatever you want, when ever you want!

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a very heavy course load with a LOT ho homework and inclass work. Make sure this is what you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you come here make sure that you follow the curriculum to a T. Miss one class and you will add an extra year to your studies.

    In three sentences

    I believe that the hands on approach used in the curriculum is ideal. However the stick guidelines they adhere to when it comes to when you take a class is rudimentary. Miss one class and you add an extra year to your studies.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    24 campus security on each corner as well as entrance of each FIT building.

    Greek Life

    Doesn't exist.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 70 different clubs on campus, you can even start your own club with as little as 10 people.

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated to their craft but like to let loose once the works done.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Since the street is closed from incoming traffic a lot of the time people will play sports or skate in the middle of the street, it gives the campus a cool vibe.

    Bang for the buck

    Student life sends out a weekly email of all of the on campus events (speed dating, movies night, free massages etc) & anydeals available to students (half of movies tickets etc) going to these things mean two things. Free stuff & meeting new people.

    What to do for fun

    Very close to the theatre district, meatpacking (for clubbing), as well as the gallery district. So there's something for everyone, but then agian being in the city theres always something going on at every given moment. You just have to learn how to catch these events. Most of the time you will learn of parties or events online & through social networking sites. NYC college students attend a lot of the same events so you will end up meeting kids from NYU, Pace, Hunter, etc

    Food and Dining

    There's a lot of resturants in the area, ranging from cheap 5$ meals to 50$ meals. Also a lot of places deliver to the dorms & give cupons/discounts to students.

    Dorm Life

    In comparison to most city dorming this is as close as it gets to campus living which is a plus. Rules can get annoying at times but they are definately not completely restricting. Living on campus for at least your first year is definately a great idea, helps with making friends and adjusting to city living.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can get extremly challening if work is not exectuted correctly. Some creative projects might take longer than other assignments and therefore need to be planned accordingly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although SAT scores are not required, FIT still seeks out a well rounded student.

    In three sentences

    Great atmosphere for learning and creative thinking. All the possible resources you need are available to succeed.It is up to you as the student to use them to your full advantage.

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Fashionable and passionate about design.

    What to do for fun

    FIT provides a very active study body that coordinates events everyday throughout the day for students. There is never a dull moment. In addition the college provides vouchers for activities throughout the city such as Broadway, movies, and sports.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria provides great options, but by being in the city alone you are open to eat almost everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    Who doesn't want to dorm in NYC?

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan to attend Fashion Institute of Technology make sure that you are confident in what you intend to study. In addition make sure you make use of all of their services such as the internship center and opportunities to study abroad and plan ahead.

    In three sentences

    Fashion Institute of Technology is a well rounded institute that provides a hands on education and services that enables us students to succeed during and after college. As both a design and business institution, Fashion Institute provides several opportunities to further our education beyond just our majors. Though the campus may be small, the faculty at FIT has a big heart for us students.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    None

    What to do for fun

    NIGHTLIFE! A! always something to do no matter who you are. NYC

    Dorm Life

    Even though very annoying about it being a dry campus and no noise after 10pm and the overnight visitation. I always feel safe and welcomed in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Liberals are a pain and some teachers are extremely hard and serious about them. Depending on what major you are, can affect the difficulty of the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to dorm at least the first year, its easier to find what group you fit into.

    In three sentences

    FIT is a diverse community. Even though NYC is your campus FIT does an amazing job of keeping its students feeling like they are still apart of a real college campus. Amazing connections and experiences!

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    FIT has security everywhere, in every building for students safety and security. If anything happens around the campus students are updated via E-mail.

    Greek Life

    FIT has an active department of Phi Theta Kappa, which is an international honor society for associate degree students. Being a member of this society allows students to scholarship opportunities and wearing the tassel and stole during graduation.

    Clubs and Activities

    With more than 60 clubs and organizations there is a valuable experience being part of any of the clubs available for all students.

    Great for these types of students

    There's a very large list of fun clubs to join for different types of students. Life in FIT is filled with many possibilities for students with different interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's nothing unusual about FIT because you would think that going to a fashion school you would expect it to have many fashion opportunities, clubs, unique activities and organizations.

    Bang for the buck

    Every penny counts when attending FIT. It's all worth it because FIT isn't like any other college. Being in NYC sets the attitude of becoming a designer or being in fashion in general.

    What to do for fun

    Every Wednesday night FIT holds an event called FIT @ Night. There are crafts, karaoke, open mic, live model drawing, movies and a lot more. Also there are fashion shows that students can participate in, school clubs, and other fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall at FIT has a generous variety of fresh foods prepared daily the way students want it. There is a large menu of specialties, home-cooked meals, traditional foods, vegetarian cuisines and a large salad bar.

    Dorm Life

    FIT makes living on campus feel like home. We are able to feel personable in our own dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    FIT's academic programs help students prepare for their future careers in more than 30 different fields. There are great academic opportunities like studying abroad. Also the counselors at the career and internship center help us plan our future with job searches, developing our resumes, internship preparation, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    The sooner the better is a definitely a must. Getting ahead of everything guarantees you great student services. Be apart of everything FIT and you'll have a great college experience.

    In three sentences

    FIT has the best student services everything that they provide is student oriented. I must say that they do a good job with updating us students with important news. And the location is definitely perfect for anyone who loves the city.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is one of the safest campuses you can imagine. There is no need to worry about this aspect of the school. Your college ID, is your life. You need it to get from building to building in the campus to make sure that no unwanted guests are intruding.

    Greek Life

    non existent

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of different clubs there and if you are interested in one, you just have to make an effort to go to the meetings. It is also a great way to meet friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Fashion lovers ofcourse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an annual Miss FIT pageant show. Where the models are gay males.

    Bang for the buck

    Despite its few downfalls here it is an amazing school. To me the only way you can tell if you belong here is taking a visit, either for an open house or a tour. Once you get here you know.

    What to do for fun

    There is a a lot to do. Fit plans alot of events ( mostly revolved around fashion) so if you want a change of scenery you can always explore the city, try different restaurants and make friends with different circles so you get invited to all different types of social gatherings.

    Food and Dining

    It is great that we have something called the declining balance which is money that comes with the meal plan that we can use as cash at the Starbucks in our cafeteria and for other things in the dining hall that is not included in the meal plan. The food here is okay for about the 1st week or two. Afterward, everything gets repetitive. I suggest keeping alot of snacks in your room or dorming in a suite, so you have the option to cook.

    Dorm Life

    Everything is really close since it is a very small campus, you can leave your dorm 5 minutes before class starts. Also, it is great that the campus is right in the middle of the city, 5 minutes away from 34th st, easily accessible to many different areas of the city just by walking

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor varies on the major. In my opinion design students have a lot more work to do, i am a fashion merchandising major and if you just manage your time and do all your assignments, it is not unbearable.

    Tips for prospective students

    - this is not the traditional college experience, so you have to learn to make your own fun, find your own parties or sporting events to go to if you're interested in that type of stuff. Also expect to have a maximum of 5 guys in your class. So don't expect to meet your college sweetheart here.

    In three sentences

    The school is a great school if you live, eat, sleep, breathe fashion. The teachers are really knowledgeable in their fields and everyone on campus is fairly nice. Expect to work hard, but the hard work will pay off.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore the city.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria staff is often times rude. There is not much variety. They limit the amount of food you can get per meal and per day.

    Dorm Life

    There are many rules to living in the dorms- a lot of which I do not agree with and also makes me want to commute or get an apartment next year. They are very safe though and that is a comfort to know that random people off the street cannot be brought in.

    Academic Rigor

    Although I am a Fine Arts student I do have to take liberal arts classes as well as my major specific classes. Some are very difficult and some are very easy, but I am having no trouble in academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Most students are in the Fashion Merchandising Management major. It seems like almost everyone is, so if you're another major be prepared to have few students in that same major. There are a lot of commuters and transfers- there is not really a sense of community.

    In three sentences

    Their fashion programs seem great though I am not in one. The Fine Arts program seems a little less great than I expected it to be. Some teachers constantly bring up the possibility for the students to apply to other better art schools.

  • 12/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    You are in New York City, you can find anything you want!

    Dorm Life

    Great locations in the city!

    Academic Rigor

    The faculty is very knowledgeable and wants students to learn. The course work can be challenging at times but you will learn what you need to learn to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and take a campus tour if you are undecided. Make sure you follow deadlines and good luck!

    In three sentences

    The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a great place for students to focus on specialized art and fashion subjects while learning the basic general education courses to prepare them for the future. I am a Fashion Merchandising student and I love my experience at FIT. The course work will challenge you but will also prepare you with the necessary resources to work in the fashion industry.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    When entering the campus you feel very secure. Guards are positioned outside, as well as inside every building. You must show your ID when entering an FIT building, and if you have a guest, you simply say they are with you.

    Greek Life

    Unfortunately, no Greek life here. FIT is an alcohol and drug free campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On campus we have Barnes & Noble, Moda Cafe, another arts + crafts store with amazing deals for students, and the corner Market.

    What to do for fun

    You're living in New York City, there are plenty of things to do to keep you occupied. Take a trip up to Central Park, The Rockefeller, Williamsburg... etc. There are loads of Flee Markets located uptown and in Brooklyn. College Night Life can be found in Greenwich, where NYU students live.

    Food and Dining

    The food was very new and exciting at first, but I recommend not getting a 19+ meal plan. You won't be using that many meals and you'll probably end up getting sick of the food. They have a salad bar, grill, sandwich, vegan and pizza areas. The hours are different on the weekends, and most of the time they run out of something you want. The fruits taste like preservatives and the salad is rarely fresh.

    Dorm Life

    Living in New York, you would think the dorms would be small, but the dorms were actually quite larger than I thought when I arrived. I live in the Coed dorm located right across campus; they have a few options for rooms. One, is a double (you + another person). Two, a triple (you + 2 other people). Third, is a suite (you + 1 to 3 other people). Security is also good.

    Academic Rigor

    FIT definitely challenges you, whether you are studying for a Business degree or a Fine Arts degree. Everyone must take the same amount of liberals, so everything is equal. Within your block you have selected classes that strictly focus on your major alone. I recommend going to rate my professor, that way you can be paired up with a teacher that is compatible with your learning techniques + abilities and can be beneficial to your future.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are really serious about getting into this school, take time to do the application. It was a long and tedious process so don't leave it to the last minute because you'll have questions. The closer it gets to the deadline the more students are calling the school, so don't put it off. If you are applying for the Arts you are required a portfolio, so allow time to set it up exactly how you want it (order matters). Business and art majors are required a big and important essay; don't write it the night before.

    In three sentences

    The Fashion Institute of Technology is a place where you are free to express yourself. You are jumping right into your major, so you're already getting a head start and making as many connections as you can possible. You're in the heart of Manhattan, and have access to some of the amazing places on Earth; take advantage of that.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Is what you make it

    Greek Life

    don't have any

    Clubs and Activities

    Are the best part there is always something to do

    Great for these types of students

    those who are very much into design

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    nothing at all

    Bang for the buck

    try to save alot of money

    What to do for fun

    shopping all the time

    Food and Dining

    eating what every you want but trying not to gain weight

    Dorm Life

    Having your own independents

    Academic Rigor

    fashion design

    Tips for prospective students

    always lean from others

    In three sentences

    It has my major that i want to attend in. Its a great school and i know i can lean a lot there.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security is crazy strict here which is annoying but at the same time it is a good thing

    Greek Life

    None thank god

    Great for these types of students

    Determined, fashion oriented students

    What to do for fun

    The city duh

    Food and Dining

    At the actual school the food sucks but you have all of New York for that!

    Dorm Life

    Definitely worth it to get an apartment the second year

    Academic Rigor

    Compared to my high school it's pretty similar but depends on where you went to school

    Tips for prospective students

    Always try and keep your grades up and be creative on the essay, that's what they look at the most!

    In three sentences

    It's great for anyone wanting to go into the fashion industry, especially being placed right in New York. There are tons of opportunities everywhere especially through the school. Be prepared that this is not your typical college but it is totally worth it!

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Its great for students who are creative, students who aren't really sure where they fit in the real world', and students who don't like the traditional way of learning.

    What to do for fun

    Its located basically in the fashion district of New York, and if you are a creative person there is lots for you to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to do a lot of reasearch before you commit yourself to a school, but I would definitely recomend it

    In three sentences

    FIT seems like the best fit for me. No pun intended. Its one of the top design schools in the country.

  • 03/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    FIT is an extremely safe campus with security guards everywhere.

    Greek Life

    There isnt a Greek Life at FIT

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of interesting clubs at FIT. Merchandising Society is by far the most popular and is mainly filled with FMM students. It is a fun club which opens the doors to many people in the industry as well as skills for future jobs.

    Great for these types of students

    Its good for anyone that is creative, dedicated, hard working and obviously an interest in fashion is crucial

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a Drag Queen pageant which is an odd tradition at FIT

    Bang for the buck

    FIT is cheap if you are an in state student, but for out of state students it is quite a bit more money. It is a good value for even out of state students, although the facilities could be improved.

    What to do for fun

    Many of my friends go out to clubs and bars for fun because there isnt much of a social scene at FIT.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is good, but can get old after a while. There is a starbucks on campus which is a plus!

    Dorm Life

    FIT doesnt have a traditional dorm life as other schools do, its harder to make friends and its a dry campus so many students dont party in their dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't too hard, but there is a lot of work and you have to be committed to what you're doing and enjoy it in order to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply on time as a lot of students get wait listed. Also apply on time for the housing because many students don't get the dorms they want because they fill up fast. Also make sure you are applying to the major you definitely want to be in because it is difficult to change once in it.

    In three sentences

    The Fashion Institute of Technology is a well accredited school in New York City. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in either Fashion Merchandising Management or Fashion Design as those are the best majors at the school.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    a lot of security, but useless.

    Greek Life

    none.

    Clubs and Activities

    only some major related clubs but weak sports.

    Great for these types of students

    artsy, determined, hard-working

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    wear black everyday and check out the patio behind starbucks.

    Bang for the buck

    everything is expensive, its NYC. art supplies cost a fortune! save up!

    What to do for fun

    Go out clubbing in NYC.

    Food and Dining

    Starbucks is about it.

    Dorm Life

    Not much of a campus. No parties or social events.

    Academic Rigor

    As a fashion design student going into my BFA, the workload is really tough and demanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management is vital. Be sure of what you want to study.

    In three sentences

    A very demanding workload. Full of talented students and professors. The best school for fashion in the US.

  • 05/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Located in the heart of Manhattan and just a few minutes from entertainment, transportation, dining and shopping. You will never run out of things to do, college and reality related.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You will be attending the best art/fashion/business related school in NYC. It is in the middle of the big apple. There's a LOT to do.

    Food and Dining

    I have not eaten here. I'm a commuter.

    Dorm Life

    I have not dormed here. I'm a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    High

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not give up. You will know you are in the right major if every assignment is something you enjoy. Dreams come true.

    In three sentences

    Although not the most up to date in equipment, FIT has more than needed to be successful in whatever career one might decide to pursue. Everything is here.

  • 08/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security guards are always patrolling the area making sure everything is alright and that all the students and faculty are safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'd like to join some this semester.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back, fashionable, easy going, funny, smart kids.

    Bang for the buck

    Most things are pretty cost effienct if you know where to go.

    What to do for fun

    Times Square, Union Square, fabric shopping, Chelsea, Highline. So many different options. You will never be bored!

    Food and Dining

    There's tons of restaurants everywhere. Not to mention there is a huge cafeteria with a wide array of delicious food that can suite any lifestyle.

    Dorm Life

    I live with my parents so I'm not familiar with dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers really push you to do your best. I haven't had one teacher that let the students just get by with working below their full potential. Get ready to WORK when you come to FIT.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs. Make a friend. Talk to people. Sometimes people may seem stuck up but truly they're just as afraid as you are to make a new friend. Step outside of the box and don't forget to be yourself.

    In three sentences

    FIT was my dream school on on my third try I was finally accepted. Since I was in high school I knew that this was the college that I was destined to be apart of. The atmosphere, the teachers and the students are so diverse.

  • 08/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You always need to have your head on a swivel when living in NYC period. But when it comes to the campus, I always feel very safe. Security is twenty four hours. There are always several campus police scattered through the school facilities and the campus street. The occasional homeless person will sometimes hang around on campus but at most they'll do is ask for pocket change.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is non existent. This school is not associated with any fraternities or sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have so many different types on clubs and activities to do everyday of the week. Some of my favorites include the annual block party, kick boxing, yoga, and open gym basketball.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking to get any type of job in the fashion industries or become a designer. Whether its fashion design, art, perfume or toy design. If your self-sufficient and passionate this is the school for u.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus hosts a flea market every Thursday and it includes tons of cool things created buy or just sold buy students.

    Bang for the buck

    Being out of state me tuition is double what it would be if I were in state but it is definitely worth. I would not have made as many connections in the fashion industry as I have. Connections are a big part in finding a job or internship. Nothing can amount to how much great advice I have gotten from teachers. They are very straight forward and do not sugar coat anything about the industry.

    What to do for fun

    Your in NYC! The possibilities are endless. There is always a party to go to, a place to shop, or just relax anywhere you go. Time square is a few streets away and Soho is only a train ride away. All you have to do is walk around and explore and you'll find plenty of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There's not much to say about the food, it taste just as good/bad as another cafeteria food. The vegetarian section is atrocious, all of the pastas look so good but are tasteless. The pizza and bread sticks are pretty good. There's always a chef that will make u almost anything even if its not on the menu which is awesome. During my first year I mostly ate panini's and hoagies which were excellent. When it is common hour the dining hall is packed so getting anything to eat may take up to 15 minutes. There is also a salad bar which turns into a fresh fruit, granola, and yogurt station in the morning.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are moderately nice but there is not much dorm life. Because FIT is located in such a large city, people rarely attend any dorm events. Everyone pretty much does there own thing. The security is extremely strict when it comes to who is going into the dorms, overnight guests, and visitation in general.

    Academic Rigor

    If you have a create mind and are passionate about your feild of study itll be a breeze but if your the type of person whos use to just doing enough work to get by you will not succeed. One class that I know a lot of students stress about is Art History. Depending on what teacher you have, it can be very difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Because FIT is a specialty school, all of their students are extremely passionate about what they are pursuing. In order to succeed, you must be proactive and determined because if you are not you'll be a step behind everyone else. Also, take advantage of having faculty that have been through it all! Never hold back from asking questions because it will you to achieve your goals faster. You'll be aware of the mistakes that they have made and all of the things they wish they new when they were pursuing their careers giving you advantage in some of the most competitive industries.

    In three sentences

    FIT is even better than I expected! The faculty and staff are all currently working in there field of expertise, keeping them up to date with the constantly changing job market. This makes it almost impossible not to find some type of job or internship in your desired field.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    they should have better security.

    Greek Life

    it's very little but there is.

    Great for these types of students

    you have to be into fashion and clothing.

    Bang for the buck

    its worth your money probably get more than you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    the school has alot of activities that you can participate all the time.

    Food and Dining

    the food is okay but could be better.

    Dorm Life

    i dont know because i dont dorm but most people like it.

    Academic Rigor

    its more about the knowledge you gain. its like you are training for a career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that this is what you want to do. It's very specialized.

    In three sentences

    Great Professors. Alot of opporunities. Offices are fill of people who want to help you.

  • 10/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is huge here. There are guards in every building requiring you to show ID. Also they send out emails and call whenever there is inclement weather or other emergency situations.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life on this campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The list of clubs here is pretty extensive and each one holds events all the time. They're pretty involved in events around the city. Clubs also hosts seminars and activities or jewelry/fabric sales during the free hours of the week. Student life here is very involved. The department holds screenings of new movies each week and hosts a variety of other events, which you get emails about. Career fairs or employers on campus events are quite frequent.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically driven, social, creative and motivated students who are willing to compete with talented students of the same caliber and mindset.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Miss FIT - the Drag Pageant, is an annual event that you won't find at any other school. Almost every week, especially during the spring, there's a flea market in the breezeway with really nice jewelry stands and tons of other things. The Museum at FIT is a unique aspect of the school. There's two exhibits a year, one for each semester and the museum is open to the public. Fusion Fashion Show - FIT vs. Parson's fashion show being held over the past 15 years.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to the other fashion schools in the area, FIT is much more affordable. Not only that but it was rated #1 fashion school in the world this past year! So why pay more for a subpar experience?

    What to do for fun

    EVERYTHING & ANYTHING! FIT is right in the heart of New York City so the options are endless. I'm always looking up new fun things to do and many times those things are free! You just have to look! FIT is pretty close to Chelsea Piers as well which has a skatepark,mixer ink, driving range and a million other amenities. Most of the time my friends and I just explore different boroughs or villages and are always finding shows to go to in Brooklyn, sample sales downtown, or active things like rooftop yoga. In the city your opportunities for fun are endless it's like no other place in the world.

    Food and Dining

    The school has a good cafeteria with a wide variety of options. Plus, my favorite place, Starbucks coffee inside the school. Aside from eating there in between classes there's so many places in Chelsea, especially along 7th Avenue, where you can eat, drink, and find really affordable lunch specials. Anything from sushi, Japanese, Mexican or Italian cuisine is a few steps away form the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty strict, but it's so centrally located within the campus that it's perfect for freshmen. Three dorm buildings are directly across the street (which is closed off to cars during the day) so it's easy to just get up and walk to class. Sophomores and above dorm in Kauffman building which is a few blocks from the school sot he walks not too bad. Each dorm building has a large room on the 1st floor or in the basement that is set up with large tables perfect for fine art students to paint/draw, and sewing machines for design majors. It's perfect for the all nighters during finals!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are actually pretty intense. I completed an associates in Production management, part of the business school, and the workload required a lot of researching and training in new computer programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready to be competitive and expand your creative capabilities! FIT is full of very talented people, all competing to get the same internships, and eventually jobs, as you so bring your A Game. Come to the school with an open mind as well because it is a melting pot of different people. I would definitely advise to get involved with activities on campus because you'll learn so much and meet new people doing so.

    In three sentences

    The ideal school to go to for anything fashion, textile, marketing or arts related. Great community, education and unique people in the heart of the NYC fashion district make this college different from any other. You have the chance to network and expand your potential career and get a leg up on a successful career.

  • 11/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There is not a Greek life

    What to do for fun

    Living in the city that never sleeps fun is all around you. Get involved in a lot of clubs, volunteer opportunities and take advantage of the special guests that come to the school. Also always go out and meet new people at internships, fashion shows and trade shows, you never know who you are going to meet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work and give of your time in order to fully grasp the opportunities available. Even with all of the thoughts of there being no student life, F.I.T feels like a community in the middle of hustle and bustle.

    In three sentences

    F.I.T embodies determination, dedication, and drive in the heart of the fashion district. You will most certainly succeed with the enormous training you receive. This school will take you where you want to go its just up to you to start the journey.

  • 12/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    FIT is in a great location. There are several places to shop on 34th street, which is not far from the school at all. Also, the Empire State building is always great to see close by there. There are several great places to eat across the street and a couple of avenues down. Chelsea is a very residential area in Manhattan, so there are many activities such as yoga and kickboxing classes that are not located far from the school. If you wanted to walk or take the train about 2 stops, you could go to 42nd street, view all of the lights at night and see all of the fun, outrageous people. For a free event, central park is also a couple train stops away. There are so many things to do there. You could get lost with a friend, study, or just hang out. The subway system will become your best friend, you can get anywhere at anytime in this city.

    Food and Dining

    I don't like the cafeteria food. I think it is incredibly fattening. They sell burgers and french fries all the time and they are so expensive. I much rather go across the street and find something else to eat. There are so many places around in which you can get better quality food, for either the same price or cheaper. The cafeteria does have it's healthier options, but they are pricy and you won't think it's worth it when you taste it.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter, so I take the train to school everyday. It is a bit annoying, it takes me about an hour to get to school on a good day. I do have a few friends that dorm and it seems to be pretty cool. The dorms are directly across from the school, which is super convenient. Then there is also some more dorms a couple blocks away in a much bigger building by the water. The dorm rooms are a bit small, but I've seen many people make it work for them and make the best out of their small space.

    Academic Rigor

    FIT is very challenging, the work loads can get a bit hectic. There are several projects that you may receive in your major classes, not necessarily many tests, but a midterm and a final. The tests are generally easy, but they are heavily weighted on your final grade. So it is so important not to slip up on these tests, because it will affect your final grade tremendously.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say to make sure you research what you really want to do in high school because the major you choose is essentially the major you are stuck with, unless you want to prolong your graduation. Changing your major isn't a simple process either, since the school is so competitive you will need to get accepted into your changed major instead of seamlessly changing it and automatically beginning the major your really want. So, make sure you know for sure this is what you want to do. You don't want to go 2-3 years and then realize you despise what you're learning in school.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school if you are absolutely sure that the major you selected is what you want to pursue a career in. All of the classes are hands on and teach you exactly what you need to know to be successful in your prospective career. This school has a very enjoyable atmosphere, you can be yourself and feel at home.

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    School takes safety very seriously, it's one of the most safest campuses in the country! Security patrols the area a lot so I feel fine being on campus at late hours.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the beginning Fall semester, people will line up SUPER EARLY to get first dibs to volunteer for Fashion Week.

    What to do for fun

    Student life provides lots of free movie nights and free/cheap activities to do. You will also be living in NYC so there is always something fun to do.

    Food and Dining

    I don't have a meal plan but they do have a secret starbucks in the cafeteria which only students can go to, so the the morning lines are very short compared to the other starbucks in the area!

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm so I cannot review this aspect of the school.

    Academic Rigor

    In the school of Art and Design, you will be doing work all the time. Professors take their field seriously and expect you to do the same.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start building your portfolio as soon as you can. Just because it's a SUNY school does not mean it's easier to get into than other art & design schools in the area so step it up!

    In three sentences

    FIT is very career oriented. You will more work than you will sleep and eat in the Art and Design school but if you like the field you're going into, it will be well worth it.

  • 02/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    For how cheap it is, you get more than enough.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs! Movie nights! Roam the city with your friends!

    Food and Dining

    i don't eat there either

    Dorm Life

    i have no idea, i'm a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm an art design student, if you really challenge and push yourself, the academic rigor is very high. However, if you take it easy and do the bare minimum you can have a very easy semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect it to be easy. Take advantage of what you have.

    In three sentences

    You have great access to resources and professors who are passionate about their work. Take some advice and not all. Learn to spot the professors who LOVE and know the industry and latch on to every word they speak.

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The security is very proficient. Must have your school ID to enter any building.

    Greek Life

    Non-existent.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are major-specific clubs as well as countless others. It's nice to be able to use the major-specific clubs as a way to meet people with similar interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated, creative, hard-working.

    Bang for the buck

    You will not get an education like this anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    You're in New York City. There's countless things to do when you walk out your door.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard. This isn't just a fashion school, so be sure to look into the business opportunities as well.

    In three sentences

    I'm only in my second semester, and I've learned more than I learned in four years of high school. The professors are absolutely amazing and have real world experience to share with you. The networking opportunities are endless.

  • 04/17/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Whatever you want to! FIT's situated in the heart of Manhattan and there is absolutely nothing you cannot do! There is always something going on in some corner and there are things to do for every taste!

    Food and Dining

    One of my greatest concerns are having to take unknown meals that are probably fool of fat and unhealthy ingredients I don't know of! But FIT's dining facilities offer a range of healthy meals that put my mind at ease.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know yet, but I have seen photos of the rooms and they are clean and spacious. Also the laundry facilities are very convenient and it is great that you have many choices regarding the type of room you reside in.

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone is determined and that makes your class a competitive one! You can't slack as a FIT student. You have to dedicate every moment of your life to becoming a great artist or businessperson.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as early as possible. Write your essay very early, because it is the first thing you have to submit. Also don't leave submitting your portfolio for the last day. Because FIT's systems are quite slow and down a lot of times and you don't want to go through the anxiety of not being able to send your portfolio through on the last day! After you are admitted join your class' facebook group and try to make friends. Choose your roommates from among them but don't fuss too much! You have to be able to get along with different people.

    In three sentences

    FIT is a determined campus. Students have goals and work hard to achieve them. FIT is in the heart of Manhattan. There are endless things to do and numerous connections to make. FIT has a carrier oriented curriculum. All the courses are designed towards a future in the industry.

  • 06/24/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never felt unsafe on campus, which is huge for a school in the middle of NYC, There are guards in every building and on every corner.

    Greek Life

    There is one sorority and one fraternity. Greek life isn't huge here, so if that's important to you, better to look elsewhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a MILLION clubs and activities. But be prepared to make a time commitment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fashion Week sign ups are a big deal here. Every year, there is a line down 26th Street, as FIT students get a chance to sign up to help designers work their Mercedes Benz Fashion Week shows. It's an amazing tradition/opportunity.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is extremely reasonably priced, and apart from having to teach my math class myself (because my professor couldn't explain), I think I got a pretty great deal.

    What to do for fun

    You're in the heart of NYC, there's always something. Campus is close to Chelsea Market which is fun. TIP: Although it's close, stay away from Time Square at all costs!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is an experience. If you want to eat healthy, you're going to eat at the salad bar everyday.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are average. FIT is also a substance free campus, which is STRICTLY enforced.

    Academic Rigor

    While the coursework isn't difficult (it's fashion school here people) the amount of coursework is substantial. Be prepared for some all nighters on huge projects and studying for exams.

    Tips for prospective students

    FIT is a selective school. You may be artistic/fashionable, but it's important to keep your GPA up, your grades have a huge impact on your chances of being admitted.

    In three sentences

    FIT is a fantastic institution. From the amazing location to the total submerging of the student body into fashion, it offers something other schools don't. The chance to receive a prestigious education and live and adventure everyday.