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Myths of FIT

FIT is not your typical college by any means.  Located in the heart of Manhattan, FIT is far from your usual college experience.  I’m here to clarify and dispel any FIT myths that are out there!

Myth #1: FIT doesn’t have sports
This is far from true!  FIT has 15 sports teams (6 men, 8 women, 1 coed) and we are a part of the NJCAA Division III Conference.

Myth #2: FIT doesn’t offer housing
FIT has 4 residence halls, 3 of which are located right on 27th St. The dorms located on 27th St are for new students and the dorm located on 31st St and 10th Ave is for returning students.

Myth #3: Classes can be 3 hours long
This is actually very true!  As an art and design major, I have had classes that range between 2 hours to 8 hours long.  It is more common that classes will only meet once a week, which is preferable with the amount of coursework that we have.

Myth #4: FIT is basically an all girls school
While the demographic is predominantly female at 85%, more and more males are coming to FIT every single year!  Our male population is rapidly growing here at FIT.

Myth #5: FIT is a fashion school
Our most popular majors are Fashion Design, Fashion Business Management, and Advertising and Marketing Communications.  Some of the coursework included in even our most popular majors can be unrelated to fashion.  There is a fashion focus, but we offer majors such as Toy Design, Photography, Entrepreneurship, and Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.  For example, you don’t have to shoot fashion in order to be a photography major at FIT!

I hope this helped to dispel the popular misconceptions about FIT!

Ashley

FIT Admittance

Many of you who are stumbling across the blog probably just got accepted to FIT!  First off, congratulations!  It is an incredible honor to be accepted into one of the most renowned fashion schools in the world!  You should be very proud of yourself and of the hard work and time that you put into getting accepted.  Reflecting back on when I was admitted 3 years ago in 2013, I was a completely different person.  Coming to FIT will transform you for the better.  Your professors and classmates will push you to create your best work.  You are in a city full of people who are giving their all in order to succeed, and that will only make you work harder.  FIT is a school where the assignments that you are given are relevant to the industry.  You’ll go on fieldtrips to museums, galleries, and top businesses in the field.  You are going to a school that has the opportunity to be hands on because New York City is truly our campus.  Your assignments will allow you to explore the city and learn valuable information that you couldn’t get first hand anywhere else.  That is why I chose FIT.

Ashley

FASFA Do’s and Dont’s

So as everyone knows its almost FASFA deadline , but did you know that you actually have till June 30th to fill one out? So its not to late if you haven’t already. I know personally FASFA was so complicated once I started college, you have so much going on and you need to find a moment for your parents to be with you to complete it , unless your parents already do it all for you ( which I am really jealous) .

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But first thing is first you need to log on to the website and create a user https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm, usually both you and your guardian will do this so you can both access it. After doing it for the past four years I have realized a lot of things I should and shouldn’t do.

  1. DO NOT wait till the last minute , FIT has deadlines for FASFA as well as any college although you might have a deadline.
  2. Do use your fill legal name as shown on your social security card.
  3. DO answer Yes to the questions about your different types of financial aid , like work study and loans, ect. You don’t have to accept the offers you receive but if you don’t you wont be open for more grant money.
  4. DO NOT let anyone do your FASFA for you or charge you a fee like your taxes, there is no special way to get more money.
  5. DO fill out a FASFA to even be considered for scholarships and grants you need to show you attempted to fill out a FASFA.
  6. DO NOT start a whole new FASFA, once you start one each year you will just have to update certain information.
  7. DO file taxes as early as possible because you need this information to fill out the FASFA.
  8. DO keep a record of FASFA passwords and login information for the next year.

FASFA can be time consuming but its well worth it! So keep calm and FASFA on!
xoxo

Kailee

Planning Ahead – Academic Advisement

The new semester can be daunting and picking your classes isn’t easy by any means.  I highly recommend seeing your Academic Advisor prior to registration each semester.  The curriculum surprisingly changes from year to year and you want to make sure that you are on track for graduation, right?  There is nothing wrong with double-checking to make sure that you are good to go!

You should have received an email from the Registrar or Academic Advisement telling you who your advisor is.  If you have misplaced that email, feel free to Academic Advisement a call at 212 217.3080 or visit them in C402 in the Feldman Center.  Your advisor will be able to tell you what courses you still have remaining, inform you if you are eligible for any minors, and can answer any questions that you may have about your academic/graduation status.

To make an appointment, click here and select your advisor and preferred meeting time.  The Academic Advisement Center is one of the most helpful offices in the entire school.  Why not take advantage of it?

Ashley

Admissions Decisions

If you just recently submitted your application for the 2016-2017 academic year, you are most likely squirming in anticipation in your hometowns right about now.  Let me rewind to 3 years ago in 2013 when I was in the exact same position that you are.  As seniors in high school, we are all terrified and excited about getting into our dream schools, leaving the comfort of our homes, and venturing out into the college world.  We all know that if we don’t get into our dream schools, such as FIT, we will most likely be devastated, feel as though it’s the end of the world, our careers, and our success.  However, looking back on my time here at FIT, you can make your college experience as successful or unsuccessful as you want it to be.  You can CREATE opportunities for yourself anywhere that you go, instead of waiting for opportunities to come to you.

Regardless of what school you end up getting accepted into and/or attending, college is all about what you make of it.  If you aren’t happy with the school that you are attending, you can always transfer, you can always switch your major, you can always make FIT a part of your life in some way.  Some of the most successful students are transfers that get their liberals out of the way, some of the most successful students are international students, and some of the most successful students have never taken a class related to their major in their life.  Success can be measured in so many different ways, so until you hear back on April 1st, take this time to remind yourself that you will be okay, you will succeed, and you will end up at a school that is right for you!

Ashley