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Situated in the center of the fashion capital of the world, LIM College has been a major force in fashion and business education for nearly 80 years. Its graduates can be found throughout all areas of the fashion and related industries, and its high quality of education has earned LIM College accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The College’s, BBA, BPS, and associate degrees are also accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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. The report from the Brookings Institution was titled, "Using earnings data to rank colleges: A value-added approach updated with College Scorecard data." 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 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, while long-lasting careers are launched. Although most students come to the College directly from high school or transfer from other colleges, there are also those of nontraditional college age. Students come to LIM College from many parts of the country and the world. As of Fall 2016, undergraduate enrollment was just about 1,500 students.

The Department of Experiential Education & Career Management is one of LIM College’s chief assets. Every 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. A student’s relationship with EECM is intended to strengthen throughout the college years and extend beyond graduation, as the department offers lifetime services.

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 real-world preparation for the fashion and related industries. 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, faculty members and administrators are readily accessible to help and advise all students.

Support services are important at LIM College. In addition to academic and career advising, personal counseling is available. Faculty members and administrators are readily accessible to help and advise all students.

Student life at LIM College is also very 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, and many more.

Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, LIM’s residence hall offers a host of attractive amenities. All rooms have private bathrooms, complimentary wireless Internet access, phone service, and over 100 cable channels. Rooms are also equipped with refrigerators and 25-inch flat-screen televisions. In addition, the residence hall contains a private gym, game room, computer lab, and a brand-new communal kitchen.

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

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LIM College’s Admissions Committee recognizes that many intangibles go into the making of a successful student, and it evaluates each applicant individually and holistically. The College uses a rolling admission policy. Applicants are informed of the admission decision within approximately four to six weeks after all admission requirements have been fulfilled. An application may be obtained from the LIM College website or by contacting the Office of Admissions.

All undergraduate applicants are required to submit high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, two letters of recommendation, an essay, and the completed application with the application fee. Transfer students must also submit all college transcripts. The standardized test requirement will be waived if the applicant for undergraduate admission has satisfactorily earned 15 credit hours (21 on a quarter or trimester system) at the time of application. International students should review the LIM College website and contact the Office of Admissions for specific requirements. It is also strongly suggested that all applicants create an activity sheet or resume highlighting their experience, with an emphasis on business and fashion activities.


Overview

Applicants
1,055
Acceptance Rate
93%
Average HS GPA
2.90

GPA Breakdown

4%
Over 3.75
8%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
25%
3.00 - 3.24
35%
2.50 - 2.99
13%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
Below 1.0

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
430 - 513
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
410 - 500
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
420 - 520

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


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Academic Programs


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

Experiential education is an integral component of the LIM College curriculum. Students are required to complete three internships in order to earn their bachelor’s degree. Each internship has a prerequisite seminar attached to it that includes activities such as field trips, guest speakers, and portfolio-building activities 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 through the process of learning. The experiential education program begins with a course designed to increase a student’s knowledge of the industry, building a foundation upon which to launch a career in fashion. The program culminates with a nearly full-time Senior Co-op internship during which students also work closely with instructors and advisers.

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. Summer and Saturday Fashion Lab programs for high school students are also available. Fashion Lab courses, such as Fashion Buying and Fashion Magazines, blend academics with hands-on experience and are a great way to explore the fashion industry.

Majors and Degrees Offered


LIM College offers four-year programs in Fashion Media, Fashion Merchandising, Management, Marketing, and Visual Merchandising, leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree, as well as programs in Fashion Media and International Business leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Also offered is a four-year Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) program in Fashion Merchandising as well as two-year programs in Fashion Merchandising leading to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and the Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degrees. The Fashion Merchandising program has a track in Retail Buying and Planning. The College also has a broad variety of concentrations, such as Home Fashions and Event Planning, which allow students to pursue a focused area of study that complements their major. At the graduate level, LIM offers four Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree programs — two of which are also available online.


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
196
with Terminal Degree


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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
46%
Graduate in 5 years
53%
Graduate in 6 years
53%

Majors

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

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


Students Say

New York City's LIM College prepares students for careers in the fashion industry. Originally named the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, the college is very specialized with six majors and fourteen concentrations (all related to the business principles of fashion), and "students here all have a strong idea of what they want to do professionally." There is "a lot of open discussion and talking done in the classroom," and "the material is relevant and allows for an experience that is interactive to the real world through practical applications." Classes include life skills such as "resume writing, branding yourself on social media, as well as finances and accounting," and the school has "a very structured internship program," through which all students are required to fulfill three internships at different levels, exposing them to all aspects of the fashion industry. Another "great strength": most of the faculty members have industry experience, so students "get a chance to compare the material in the text books to their [instructor's] experience," and "even to our own experience and expectations." The school also provides the panoply of tools and resources needed to work, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and even access to the Vogue archives, and "there are lots of opportunities for networking."

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


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
46%
Graduate in 5 years
53%
Graduate in 6 years
53%

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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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees


Undergraduate tuition for the 2017–18 school year is $25,725 with additional mandatory fees of $575. Housing charges for the 2017–18 year are $16,350. Books and supplies average approximately $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, and personal expenses are approximately $1,500 per academic year. For students who do not have their own accident and health insurance, the mandatory insurance offered by LIM College is $1,736.

Financial Aid


LIM College believes that lack of funds should not keep students from attaining a degree. Therefore, admissions decisions and financial aid are totally separate, and a request for aid has no effect on admission. Approximately 82 percent of LIM College’s students received some form of financial aid during the 2014–15 academic year. Institutional scholarships, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and New York State TAP grants are all available for eligible students. In addition, the College participates in the Federal Stafford Loan program for students and Federal PLUS Loan program for parents. The College also works with several private lenders to offer alternative education loans for students to supplement their federal loans. International students are eligible to apply for alternative loans with a credit-worthy U.S.-based co-signer. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be filed by all applicants by March 1 for priority consideration. Aid is granted on the basis of financial need and scholarships are merit-based, although some awards take need into consideration. Details of the financial aid programs are available on the LIM College website or are available directly from the Office of Student Financial Services.

LIM College offers a merit scholarship program for incoming freshmen and transfer students. These scholarship monies are awarded for academic achievement in high school or college. Students can remain eligible for their scholarship throughout their stay at the College by maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or above.


Dates

Application Deadlines
Nov 15
Notification Date
Feb 25

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,624

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,840

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,230

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
75%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$37,238

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$3,276

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$24,950
Required Fees
$775
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,200
Transportation for Commuters
$2,000

On-Campus Room and Board
$20,350
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

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
Yes

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The Office of Student Life is the center of student activities and clubs at LIM College. This department supports student government, approves student organizations, and establishes operating budgets. One of LIM’s most popular clubs is the Fashion Show Production Club, which produces an annual fashion show attended by an audience of more than 1,000. Another popular activity is the student-run The Lexington Line magazine (online and print). LIM’s Office of Student Life plans many other activities including diversity programming, philanthropic service opportunities, New York City outings, and holiday celebrations.


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,499
Foreign Countries Represented
13

Demographics

6.60%
Asian
14.61%
African-American
10.27%
Hispanic
53.50%
Caucasian
6.00%
Unknown
6.00%
International

92% female
8% male
61% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Students Say

Young and "fashion-forward" describes the LIM student body, which students call "a mixture of people from within the United States as well as other countries such as France or Italy." One student describes their peers as "a Snapchat of what 10 million people look like in New York City." Living, working, and studying in the Manhattan's fast-paced environment can get hectic, and many LIM juggle a lot at once, which "ends up developing a great drive, skillset, and overall prepares [us] for the career world." On the flip side, many students say that "people are so busy with internships and most people are commuters, so it's not impossible but it is harder to make relationships." "People aren't afraid to dress to their true selves," and "most of the time you look around and think you're at a fashion event based on how people dress and what they talk about and how they carry themselves." LIM is "a very judgement free environment where people's creativity is free to blossom."

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Location


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 offers unparalleled resources, many of which are directly incorporated into the LIM College curriculum. New York 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.

Campus Facilities & Equipment


Facilities include the 5,000-square-foot Adrian G. Marcuse Library, with over 14,700 books, 1,118 librarian-selected e-books, 164 scholarly journals and print magazines, 855 bound volumes of magazine back issues, 1,161 DVDs, an archive of historic materials, and a large collection of fashion, business, and marketing books to assist students in their research. The library also has 42 CAD-enabled computers. The 54 subscription databases located on the library-run web page are available 24/7, on or off-campus, and can be accessed by computer, tablet, smart phone, or any other Internet-ready device. The Math Center and Writing Center offer one-on-one tutoring for all students.

LIM College’s Fifth Avenue location is equipped with two fashion merchandising studios, two 1,100-square-foot visual merchandising studios, as well as a Color and Materials Lab.

Off-Campus Opportunities


From two-week immersion programs to semester-long study abroad experiences, LIM College offers students the opportunity to see the world and experience fashion on an international stage. With programs in Australia, Canada, China, England, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Taiwan, students are given a global education for a global industry.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
27%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
68%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student

Students Say

LIM College students spend their free time adventuring the streets of Manhattan." During the day there are "endless possibilities," such as shopping, eating, and museums: "Basically anything you want to do, you can. It's New York City." Campus is comprised of three academic building in Midtown Manhattan and a residence hall in the Upper East Side. LIM is "not very community-based" and as many undergrads are commuters, "students do their own thing between classes and outside of school." "Not a whole lot of people know each other and hang out because we don't have typical dorms and dining halls," says one student. Almost all school activities are student-run and pertain to the fashion industry, such as student-produced fashion shows, and "most students have internships, or jobs, or both, along with a rigorous class schedule." Brunch is popular, and many "like to go out to dinner and to bars and clubs" on free nights, as well as the occasional fashion show if they can get the hook up.

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
12
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

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
9

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
PC Connection

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tracy Nilsen
Associate Director of Admissions

Address
12 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022

Phone
212-752-1530

Email
admissions@limcollege.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Library
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
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
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
First come, first served.

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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