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President Joyce F. BrownIt gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the FIT website as we celebrate the college’s 70th anniversary. It was in 1944 that we first opened our doors to 100 students on the top floor of a local high school—students who reflected the hopes and dreams of the college’s industry founders. For years, these idealistic visionaries, who feared for the future of the fashion industry, fruitlessly pedaled their appeal to the city fathers for an institution such as ours. When the state funded technical schools for every industry except apparel, our founders put up their own money and struck their own deals to establish the college.

Today, FIT is a world-renowned college that offers associate, bachelors and graduate degrees in the vastly changed world of design, fashion and their related businesses. It is one of the 64 campuses of the State University of New York. It has grown from those original 100 students to 10,000 full and part-time students—all focused, creative and deeply motivated to succeed. Our link to industry is as close today as it was in 1944 and the members of our faculty come directly from today’s design and business professions. From the start, FIT emphasized the importance of the liberal arts—which remain a centerpiece of our career-oriented curriculum.

I hope you will take this opportunity to explore this website. It offers an introduction to the richness of the world of FIT—its academic programs, its museum, its student life, its campus and all of the promise it offers here in New York, the creative capital of the world. :


Dr. Joyce F. Brown

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