From the School

Situated in the center of the fashion capital of the world, LIM College has been a major force in fashion and business education for 75 years. Its graduates can be found throughout all areas of the fashion industry, and its high quality of education has earned LIM College accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The College's M.B.A., B.B.A., B.P.S., and associate degrees are also accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

LIM College offers a highly personal environment where students learn about the business of fashion, with an emphasis on academic and professional study. Lifelong friends are made at LIM College, as well as lifelong careers. Although most students come to the College directly from high school or transfer from other colleges, there are also those of nontraditional college age who enroll. Students come to LIM College from many parts of the country and the world. The current undergraduate enrollment is approximately 1,500.

The Department of Experiential Education & Career Management is one of LIM College's chief assets. Each student receives extensive career advising throughout their time at the College, beginning in the first semester. This helps direct students to career opportunities within their field of study. The relationship is one intended to strengthen over the post-graduation years as the department is able to assist with employment for life.

The unique nature of LIM College's curriculum provides students with a foundation of core courses in liberal arts and business while offering diverse and intensive hands-on preparation in the fashion industry. This affords graduates the opportunity to accept executive training, merchandising, management, marketing, visual, and communications positions in a wide variety of areas within the fashion and business worlds.

Support services are important at LIM College. In addition to academic and career advising, personal counseling is available. Because of the College's small size and the close relationships between students and staff members, any faculty member or administrator is readily accessible to help and advise all students.

Student life at LIM College is very dynamic. Active clubs include the Fashion Show Production Club, Student Life Activities Board, Student Leadership Council, Dance Team, and many more. There are also student publications including the LIMLIGHT yearbook and Fashion Sense magazine.

LIM College proudly opened a new residence hall in 2008. Located at 1760 Third Avenue, this state-of-the-art facility boasts a plethora of modern amenities. All rooms have private bathrooms, complementary wireless Internet access, phone service, and over 100 cable channels. Rooms are also equipped with full refrigerators and 25-inch flat-screen televisions. The facility also contains a private gym, game room, computer lab, and three full-service kitchens.

LIM College's Open House program offers students and their families the opportunity to tour the school's campus and learn not only about LIM College's unique academic programs, but also of the vast array of careers found in the fashion industry. The day also includes special presentations on financial aid, study abroad, clubs, and much more. Current LIM College students assist in hosting the event and are available to answer questions. LIM College also offers many other opportunities to visit including weekly information sessions, Transfer Services Days, mock classes for accepted students, and other periodically scheduled special events.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
440 - 520
SAT Math
420 - 510
ACT Composite
19 - 23

Other Admission Factors


Academic GPA

Level of applicant's interest


From The School

LIM College offers a combination of classroom education and supervised internships that has been designed to prepare students for executive training programs and other entry-level executive positions in various areas of the fashion industry.

Experiential learning is an integral part of the LIM College curriculum. The internship program helps students become truly prepared for successful careers within fashion and fashion-related industries. All students are required to take three internships in order to earn their bachelor's degree at LIM College. Each internship has a prerequisite seminar attached to it that includes activities such as field trips, guest speakers, and portfolio-building that help students network with industry professionals and develop into dynamic business leaders.

Courses are sequential, each built upon the knowledge and experience a student gains in the process. The experiential education program at LIM College commences with a course designed to increase a student's knowledge of the industry, hence building a foundation upon which to build a career in fashion. The program culminates with a nearly full-time co-op internship intended to be a real working experience while the student works closely with instructors and advisers to ensure the best chance of this becoming a real job upon graduation.

To graduate, students must complete 127 credits for the bachelor's degree (130 for visual merchandising). Associate degree candidates must earn 68 credits. All students must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0, and satisfactorily complete the cooperative work assignments.

LIM College accepts qualified students as transfers throughout the four years. The maximum number of credits that LIM will accept is 65. Transfer students must complete the last consecutive 46 credits at LIM College, including the Senior Co-op semester.

The College calendar runs on a traditional semester format, offering both fall and spring start dates. Also offered are summer and Saturday Fashion Lab programs for high school students. The specially selected courses, such as Fashion Buying and Fashion Magazines, blend academics with hands-on experience and are a great way to explore the fashion industry.

LIM College offers four-year programs in Fashion Merchandising, Management, Marketing, and Visual Merchandising, leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree and International Business leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Also offered is a four-year Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.) program in Fashion Merchandising as well as two-year programs in Fashion Merchandising leading to the Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) and the Associate in Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degrees. The Fashion Merchandising program has tracks in either traditional apparel and accessories or a new home fashions track. LIM College also offers three graduate programs: the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with concentrations in Entrepreneurship or Fashion Management; the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management; and the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S) in Fashion Marketing. The College also offers a broad variety of concentrations, such as Fashion Publishing and Event Planning, which allow students to pursue a focused area of study that complements their major.

Students Say

LIM College’s fashion-focused curriculum, where students can major in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, and Management, is brought to students by professors who are “seasoned vets in the industry, providing real-life experience into their lessons.” These educators “have had tons of experience in the topics they're teaching,” a group who are “very knowledgeable and able to explain topics clearly” in the school’s lecture-based classes. The administration makes “gaining experience in the industry a top priority” and “gives us resources to graduate with a full resume,” “offering opportunities for students to network and find jobs.” In fact, the curriculum requires at least three internships to graduate. “Not only does the school help each student graduate with various work experience but also help build each student's resume and provide them with networking opportunities.” Teachers here help students capitalize on those internships. “Some professors bring in their personal stories to help relate to us and even help us find an internship or job.” If a student is struggling or unsure of how to handle something, “they pull me aside and tell me what I need to do to push through. I am so thankful for that.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Doug Jakubowski
Chief Merchandising Officer, Perry Ellis

Rea Laccone
CEO, Vince

Daniella Vitale
Chief Operating Officer, Barneys New York

Neva Hall
Executive VP of Special Retail Stores, Neiman Marcus

Kathy Nedorostek
President of U.S. Wholesale and Global Licensing, Coach

Bianca Caampued
Co-Founder, Small Girls PR

Luisa Herrera
Senior Vice President of Production & Merchandise Planning, John Varvatos


From The School

Tuition for the 2014-15 school year is $23,650 with additional mandatory fees of $575. Housing charges for the 2014–15 year are $15,850. Books and supplies expenses average around $900 per academic year and students living on campus may spend up to $4,000 a year on meal expenses. Students who commute spend from $1,200 to $2,000 for transportation, depending on distance. The personal expense allowance is $1,500 per academic year.


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Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

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State Aid

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Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

The Office of Student Life is the center of student activities and clubs at LIM College. This department supports student government, approves other student organizations, and establishes operating budgets. One of LIM College's more popular clubs is the Fashion Show Production Club, which plans an annual fashion show attended by more than 1,000 people. Another popular activity is the student-run Fashion Sense magazine. LIM College's Office of Student Life plans many other activities including diversity programming, philanthropic service, and new student orientation.

Students Say

Fashion, fashion, fashion. Yes, this “is a fashion-obsessed school,” which means the typical student “is driven and extremely stylish.” The “diverse and expressive” attendees of LIM “are very competitive” and “very aware of fashion trends.” The students “fit in mostly pretty smoothly with each other,” and they largely “fit in by wearing what they wear and talking about shopping.” Another student says, “if you look at students at LIM the first thing you will see is the way they are dressed,” and that’s because those at LIM “freely express themselves through their creativity, fashion, and personality.” None of this is to say that LIM students do not care about education. In fact, they “care a lot about doing well in their classes,” a group who is “not afraid to do what they want for their future.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


94% female
6% male
57% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time


From The School

LIM College is situated in three buildings-on East 53rd Street, East 45th Street, and on Fifth Avenue, one of the most fashionable locales in the world. A whole world of fashion is at the College's doorstep and includes such famous stores as Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, Armani, and Ralph Lauren. New York City is the headquarters for the garment, cosmetics, advertising, publishing, and textile industries, all of which are essential to the fashion industry and are visited regularly by LIM College students. The College incorporates all of these resources into the curriculum. For example, the Fashion Magazines course may include trips to photography studios, modeling agencies, or tours of magazine offices and advertising firms. New York City offers LIM College students an unparalleled learning experience.

Students Say

Life at LIM College can be summed in three words: New York City. “The school's campus IS New York City, so we have nearly anything and everything at our fingertips.” A list of things students do to fill their time could be endless, but suffice to say that virtually all involve the Big Apple. “Being located in New York, each and every day is a new experience. There is always something new to try whether it be food or a fun place to hang out with friends.” When not taking in the music, restaurants, museums, and the arts, students hit up “karaoke spots, clubs for nightlife and the amazing shopping areas.” Students spend a lot of time on their school work, networking, and playing “where can I intern next?” – an essential pastime at this school – but otherwise LIM students are absorbed in city life. “Because we're in New York City the options for things to do during free time are endless.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

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Campus Environment
Large Urban
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Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

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Athletic Division

Student Services

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

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Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

PC Connection

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Tracy Nilsen
Associate Director of Admissions

12 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cafe 45
Cyber Lounge
1760 Third Ave.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Museum of Modern Art
Statue of Liberty
Fifth Avenue Shopping
Times Square
Central Park

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Wednesdays at 2:00pm and Friday at 10:00

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays


First come, first served.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Local taxi, bus, subway Local Airport, Bus Station, Train Station

Driving Instructions to Campus
Not Recommended

Local Accommodations
Range of typical large city hotel offerings.
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