LIM College

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12 E. 53rd Street

New York, NY 10022

Phone: (212) 752-1530
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LIM College is a proprietary institution that was founded in 1939. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,477 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $23,645 (2013-14).

LIM College is a small fashion school in New York City, with classroom buildings in Midtown Manhattan and a residence hall in the Upper East Side. The institution was originally named the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising when it was founded in 1939, but it now goes simply by LIM College. Undergraduates at LIM College can major in fashion merchandising, management, marketing, and visual merchandising. Graduate students can pursue an M.B.A. that’s tailored specifically to the business of the fashion industry.

At LIM College, students explore hands-on learning opportunities outside the classroom. Many students volunteer at events such as New York Fashion Week and go on field trips to companies such as Tommy Hilfiger and Lucky magazine. All LIM College students are required to complete a Senior Co-op during the last semester, when they spend at least 28 hours a week at their internship site. Past LIM College students have completed co-ops in companies such as Oscar de la Renta, Versace, and Louis Vuitton. Students at LIM College can also join about 10 campus clubs, run for student government, and study abroad.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

LIM - The College for the Business of Fashion, is the only college in the U.S. that focuses exclusively on the business side of the fashion industry. This four-year, private college does not teach clothing design or the arts, it teaches the business of what goes on behind the runway and how to succeed in those fields. Careers in buying, retail management, showroom management, marketing, magazines and merchandising are some of the paths graduates can take. LIM has been educating future fashion executives since 1939, and historically more than 90 percent of LIM students are working in their field within six months of graduation. LIM is housed in several buildings in the heart of the fashion industry, on or near Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. It is just steps from some of the world's most famous shops, including Tiffany, Saks and Cartier. LIM has developed partnerships with the industry's major players, so that hands-on experience via internships is a primary component of an LIM education. The college partners with Bloomingdales, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, MTV, Versace, Nicole Miller and many other leading companies to give students exposure to the inner workings of the industry. Students are required to do three internships during their four years. Freshmen and sophomores do one five-week internship and seniors spend their final semester working at their internship four days per week with one day in class. Numerous field trips to fashion-related companies and guest speakers also get students behind the scenes and give them access to the talented people who run the fashion industry. The student who will do best at LIM understands that fashion is a fast-paced, intense business that requires dedication and hard work. Students who are not afraid to jump in and take advantage of the doors that are opened for them will find a personalized, supportive environment that will help them succeed. Of the approximately 1,500 students enrolled as of Fall 2010, almost all are pursuing Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Marketing, Management or Visual Merchandising. An Associate degree program in Fashion Merchandising is also offered. Students may choose to live in campus housing in New York's Upper East Side/Yorkville area. Students who aren't sure if LIM is right for them can attend summer or Saturday classes for high school students on such topics as buying, styling and fashion show production to get a feel for what the business of fashion is all about.

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School type proprietary, coed college
Year founded 1939
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to LIM College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. The application fee at LIM College is $40. It is least selective.

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Selectivity least selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate N/A
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 64.3 percent.

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Student-faculty ratio N/A
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

LIM College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,477, with a gender distribution of 6.6 percent male students and 93.4 percent female students.

Total enrollment 1,552
Student gender distribution
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Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

LIM College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and placement service. LIM College also offers campus safety and security services like controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at LIM College.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At LIM College, 64 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,810.

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Tuition and fees $23,645 (2013-14)
Room and board $19,850 (2013-14)
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