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Founded in 1939, and located in New York City — the center of the fashion universe — LIM College educates students for success in the global business of fashion and its many related industries.

As a pioneer in experiential education, or "learning by doing," LIM fosters a unique connection between real-world experience and academic study.

LIM College's curriculum provides students with a foundation of core courses in liberal arts and business while offering diverse and intensive real-world preparation for the working world, particularly through required internships and interaction with faculty who are experts in the business of fashion.

Each year, LIM partners with more than 800 companies in the fashion and related industries to provide students with opportunities for internships, volunteering and employment, as well as guest speakers and special events.

LIM College boasts a highly personal learning environment. Classes are small and professors know students' names. Although most students come to LIM College directly from high school or transfer from other colleges, there are also those of nontraditional college age. LIM students hail from more than 40 U.S. states and approximately 30 countries. As of Fall 2017, undergraduate on-campus enrollment was approximately 1,400 students.

All LIM students receive extensive career advising, and, starting from day one, there are plentiful opportunities to participate in professional development activities, such as resume writing, interviewing, and job search strategy workshops. This contributes to a post-graduation employment rate of over 90%.

Alumni can be found pursuing successful careers in all facets of the fashion and related industries. In fact, a 2015 study measuring colleges' contributions to undergraduate student outcomes identified LIM as being among the top 10% of four-year colleges in the nation. And according to the College Scorecard, the median salary of LIM students 10 years after entering college is 42% higher than the national average.

LIM College also offers a range of valuable student support services. In addition to academic and career advising, personal counseling is available, as is tutoring in math and writing. Because classes are small, faculty members work closely with students and are readily accessible for help and advice.

Student life at LIM College is dynamic. Active clubs include the Fashion Show Production Club, the Student Life Activities Board, the Student Leadership Council, The Lexington Line student magazine (online and print), the Dance Team, the Philanthropy Club, and more.

LIM College's Open Houses offer students and their families the opportunity to tour the campus and learn about the College's unique academic programs, as well as the vast array of career options in the fashion industry. Open Houses also include presentations on financial aid, study abroad, and student activities. Current LIM students are always on hand at Open Houses to answer questions.

There are also many other opportunities to visit the LIM campus, including weekly information sessions, Transfer Services Days, mock classes for accepted students, and other special events.

LIM College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and LIM's Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Professional Studies, and associate degree programs are also accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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Overview

Applicants
1,348
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average HS GPA
2.98

GPA Breakdown

6%
Over 3.75
8%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
23%
3.00 - 3.24
30%
2.50 - 2.99
17%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 570
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 23

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
230
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
44%
Graduate in 5 years
55%
Graduate in 6 years
58%

Majors

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Fashion Merchandising.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Design and Visual Communications, General.


Students Say

If you’re passionate about the business of fashion but prefer a “small school” setting, then LIM in New York City just might be the college for you. The school combines a business curriculum with studies in subjects like “visual merchandising,” “fashion media,” and “fashion merchandising.” LIM also places a premium on “experiential education” and students must participate in at least “three internships.” In turn, this fosters many “networking connections that are beneficial for future career goals.” Students also benefit from “small classes” and an “intimate” learning environment. And they love the fact that their professors have “a great deal of experience in the industry” as well as “great insight and connections.” Importantly, the vast majority of the faculty is extremely “helpful” and it’s evident they “want each student to succeed.” They “push [undergrads] to work hard” and continually regale them with “great stories.” Finally, LIM undergrads brag that their “job placement [rate] after graduation is very high.” And that makes total sense given how well the school “prepares you for your future.”

Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Daniella Vitale
CEO, Barney?s New York

Neva Hall
Executive Vice President, Neiman Marcus Stores

Laurianne Lista
Executive Vice President of Sourcing Global Brands, Holding Limited

Luisa Herrera-Garcia
Senior Vice President, John Varvatos

Leanne Escobar Gomez
Vice President, Ross Stores

Lisa Rosenbaum
Vice President, HSN

Kristi Sloe
Vice President of Product Development, COTY

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
44%
Graduate in 5 years
55%
Graduate in 6 years
58%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

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Dates

Application Deadlines

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,009

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
72%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$40,085

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$26,990
Required Fees
$820
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,000
Transportation for Commuters
$2,000

On-Campus Room and Board
$20,840
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,503
Foreign Countries Represented
28

Demographics

11.38%
Asian
19.16%
African-American
12.18%
Hispanic
46.17%
Caucasian
7.78%
Unknown
1.33%
International

89% female
11% male
61% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Students Say

There are a few common attributes shared by LIM’s student body. For example, you’ll quickly find that most undergrads here are “female,” “from the tri-state area,” and rather “fashionable.” Moreover, they are all “very passionate and excited to learn and experience the fashion industry.” Students also happily report that their peers “tend to be...liberal and open minded and very artsy.” And as one individual proudly proclaims, “they embody creativity, uniqueness, independence, and determination” as well. More importantly, LIM students are “helpful and encouraging,” “always willing to give advice,” and “lend a helping hand.” As one grateful undergrad concludes, “We are conditioned in a sense to always be thinking of our next move, how we can advance ourselves in our professional lives, and improve on our business skills.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
24%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
60%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed

Students Say

By and large, students at LIM are “very career focused” and “have a great work ethic.” So it’s not too surprising to learn that “days are usually filled with either school classes or internships/jobs.” Many undergrads also note that since “LIM is a big commuter school...most people just go to class then leave.” And given that the campus only consists of “three buildings throughout the city,” there’s not a lot of space in which to simply “hang around.” Though some individuals do counter that “LIM holds many school wide events during the open hour on Mondays and Wednesdays for students to interact and engage.” Indeed, we’re told that “social life consists of doing things throughout the city.” LIM students can often be spotted around New York City attending “concerts, fashion shows, bars, celebrity events…[and even] live TV events.” They also eagerly explore nearby “museums, restaurants, shows, parks, shops, and more.” One happy student elaborates, “We like to go out to eat a lot and see movies. I personally love gallery hopping and going to live music parties.”

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Natasha Parker

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
18
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Other


Student Services


Sustainability


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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
PC Connection

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Maura La Hara
Director of Admissions and Operations

Address
12 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022

Phone
212-752-1530

Email
admissions@limcollege.edu

Experience College Life

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
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

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

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

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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