FIT continues to score top placements in national rankings of colleges and universities, both in the U.S. and globally. The most recent rankings come from Niche.com. The Niche 2016 Best Colleges rankings are a comprehensive assessment of U.S. colleges based on millions of statistics and student reviews in a variety of categories. Depending on the category, between 1,100 and 2,245 schools were assessed, with only the top 100 included in the final rankings.
Niche.com ranked FIT first of 30 top public universities in New York State, and 66th out of 100 nationally. The website also ranked FIT number two out of 92 in the Best College Location category, and seventh out of 100 nationally. In the Most Diverse category, the college ranked 11th in New York State and 92nd nationally. FIT was ranked the eighth Safest College Campus in New York State, and 46th in the nation. Colleges evaluated on Niche.com also receive an overall letter grade, as well as a letter grade for each category. FIT received an overall grade of A-.
Niche is a research site that blends student opinion reviews with hard data from IPEDS, the Common Data Set, etc. Unlike other college rankings, the Niche Best Colleges ranking is an assessment of more than 1,100 U.S. colleges based on statistics and student reviews. Founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students as CollegeProwler.com, the site also provides comprehensive profiles of schools, including student comments. Niche states that nearly 50 percent of all college-bound high school seniors use the product.
The Top Public Universities ranking from Niche.com provides a comprehensive assessment of the total quality of the education and experience provided by each college. This assessment takes into account key factors, such as the strength of the academic program, the aptitude of professors, the quality of campus amenities, and the general character of student life as well as student reviews in order to measure the overall excellence of the college experience.
Other recent rankings are:
The fashion news website the Business of Fashion—in its first Global Fashion School Rankings—placed FIT fifth in the world (and second in the U.S.) in the Best Overall category, while also placing FIT third globally in the Most Influential category.
In PayScale.com’s 2015-2016 College Salary Report, FIT ranked second in the nation among community colleges for alumni median mid-career salaries ($72,100). FIT also ranked second in the category of alumni holding bachelor’s degrees in art, with a mid-career salary of $91,800.
Washington Monthly ranked FIT eighth out of 100 in its Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Northeast category of its 2015 America’s Best Colleges Rankings.
AffordableSchools.net ranked FIT fifth in its 2015 list of the Most Affordable Bachelor’s Degrees in Entrepreneurship.
Earlier this year, Fashionista.com placed FIT in the number six position in its 2014 list of The Top 50 Fashion Schools in the World. This is a significant jump from its ninth-place ranking in 2013.