|This article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2012)|
|Motto||Where Business Meets Fashion|
|President||Elizabeth S. Marcuse|
|Undergraduates||1508 (as of June 2010)|
|Postgraduates||71 (as of June 2010)|
|Location||Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA|
LIM College is a private, for-profit, specialized coeducational undergraduate and graduate educational institution focused on the business aspects of the fashion industry. It is located in Midtown Manhattan, and was founded in 1939 by Maxwell F. Marcuse as the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, at the behest of retailers who wanted a school that would teach students about the fashion business and merchandising. Maxwell Marcuse's son, Adrian G. Marcuse, was president from 1972 to 2002, followed by Elizabeth S. Marcuse. In 2009, the school changed its name to LIM College. During her tenure, President Marcuse has significantly grown LIM College's student population and degree offerings. She has focused on making LIM College's students more globally and technologically competitive and responding to what the fashion industry needs from its workforce in the 21st century.
LIM College grants Bachelor's degrees in International Business, Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, and Management, and associate degrees in Fashion Merchandising. LIM College also offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with concentrations in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship  and Master of Professional Studies degrees in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management and Fashion Marketing.
LIM College offers undergraduate majors in International Business, Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, and Management. Concentrations are available in fields including Digital Business Strategy, Cosmetics, Entrepreneurship, Event Planning, Fashion Communications, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Publishing, International Marketing, Retailing, Styling, and Visual Merchandising. Within the MBA program, concentrations are available in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship.
Undergraduate students must complete internships during three of their four years at LIM College. During freshman year, students work in a retail environment for 150 hours. Sophomore year includes another 150-hour work experience, either at the retail managerial level or in a corporate setting. During the spring of their senior year, students work nearly full-time in a fashion industry internship related to their specific career goals. 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.
MBA students must complete a comprehensive 51-credit program customized by the student and his/her advisor to integrate their background with their aspirations. The LIM College MBA also offers flexibility. Depending on whether students are full-time or part-time, they can complete the program in 12 months or 24 months, and take evening classes while still pursuing their career during the day.
LIM College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and its BBA, BPS, associate, and MBA degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The Bachelor of Science in International Business degree is in candidacy for accreditation by the ACBSP.
As of October 2013, LIM College’s undergraduate enrollment was 1,513. The undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio was 8 to 1 and the average class size is was 18. There were also 134 students enrolled in the LIM College's graduate programs.
The campus consists of three locations in Midtown Manhattan, all within walking distance of each other, and a state of the art residence hall on the Upper East Side:
- The Townhouse, at 12 East 53rd Street –
- Fifth Avenue building, at 545 Fifth Avenue –
- Maxwell Hall, at 216 East 45th Street –
- Third Avenue Residence Hall, at 1760 Third Avenue –
On October 16, 2012, LIM College announced that they would more than double the size of its student lounge on the ground floor of the Maxwell Hall location by adding 4,500 square feet. This addition created a larger social hub for students and the college also installed device-docking stations to help make this new Student Center a destination for studying and socializing.
Selected notable alumni
- Doug Jakubowski, Chief Merchandising Officer, Perry Ellis 
- Neva Hall, Executive Vice President of Special Retail Stores, Neiman Marcus
- Rea Laccone, CEO, Vince 
- Kathy Nedorostek, Group President of Global Footwear and Accessories, The Jones Group Inc
- Luisa Herrera, Senior Vice President of Production and Merchandise Planning, John Varvatos
- Daniella Vitale, Chief Operating Officer, Barneys New York 
- Steven Robinson, Vice President of Sales, Icer Brands
- Lynn Mazzella-Mantay, Senior Vice President of Product Development, Origins Natural Resources
- Laurianne Listo, Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Design, WSG - Li & Fung
- Deborah Waknin, Fashion Stylist
- "About LIM College: LIM College at a Glance" on the LIM College website
- "About LIM College: History" on the LIM College website
- "All in the Family: Elizabeth Marcuse Heads LIM" WWD article
- "Elizabeth S. Marcuse Talks LIM College" WWD Article
- "MPS in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management" on the LIM College website
- "LIM College Adds Concentration in Digital Business Strategy" on the LIM College website
- "LIM College" on US News website
- "Current ACBSP Accredited Programs and Members". http://www.acbsp.org. Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "LIM College, NY - Middle States Commission on Higher Education". www.msche.org. Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- "LIM College" Princeton Review
- "Small School does the Fashionable Thing in Midtown" Crain's New York
- "Perry Ellis International Names Doug Jakubowski as Chief Merchandising Officer for the Perry Ellis Division". Business Wire. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- Wilson, Erin (12 September 2006). "New Kid on the Rack". nytimes.com. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "The Jones Group Appoints Kathy Nederostek Group President Global Footwear and Accessories" on PR Newswire
- "WWD Digital Forum 2012". wwd.com. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Tracey Mattingly Welcomes Deborah Waknin"
- LIM College's Official website
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- LIM College's YouTube Account