LIM College

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LIM College
LIM College Townhouse 12E53 jeh.jpg
The Townhouse at 12 East 53rd Street
MottoWhere Business Meets Fashion
PresidentElizabeth S. Marcuse
StudentsApproximately 1800 (on-campus and online)
Undergraduates1503 (as of Fall 2018)[1]
Postgraduates278 (as of Fall 2018)[1]
Location, ,
United States

LIM College is a private for profit college in Midtown Manhattan focused on the business of fashion. LIM College offers master's, bachelor's and associate degree programs in a variety of fashion-focused majors, with an emphasis on the connection between real-world experience and academic study.


LIM College was founded in 1939 by retail and education expert Maxwell F. Marcuse as the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, at the request of retailers who wanted a school that would teach women about the fashion business and merchandising. LIM became co-ed in 1971 and Maxwell's son, Adrian G. Marcuse, became president in 1972. During his tenure, LIM College became accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and earned authority from New York State to grant bachelor's degrees. Former fashion executive Elizabeth S. Marcuse assumed the presidency in 2002. In 2009, the school changed its name to LIM College.[2]

Academic programs[edit]

LIM College offers undergraduate majors leading to a bachelor's degree in International Business, Fashion Media, Fashion Merchandising, Visual Studies, Marketing and Management. Minors are available in several fields, including, but not limited to, Sustainability, English, Global Studies, Digital Design and Photography, and Interior and Residential Concepts. Associate degree programs are also offered.

At the graduate level, LIM offers Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree programs in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management, Fashion Marketing, the Business of Fashion, and Global Fashion Supply Chain Management. Several of LIM College's degree programs are also offered in a fully online format. Saturday and summer programs for high school students and a summer immersion program for international students are available as well.

Experiential education, or "learn by doing", is the foundation of LIM's educational approach. Undergraduate students must complete three internships, including one in a retail environment, one at the retail managerial level or in a corporate setting, and during senior year, students must complete a nearly full-time internship related to their specific career goals. Many students volunteer at events such as New York Fashion Week, and participate in industry-sponsored competitions,[3] and fashion professionals regularly visit campus to share their insights with students.[4]


LIM College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and its BBA, BPS, and associate degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.[5][6] Also, LIM College is cited as one of The Best Fashion Schools in the World 2019 in the BoF’s (The Business of Fashion) global assessment of fashion education. BoF is a leading digital authority on the global fashion industry. [7][8]


LIM College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,503, with a gender distribution of 11 percent male students and 89 percent female students. At this school, 24 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 76 percent of students live off-campus.[9] The on-campus undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio was 9 to 1 and the average undergraduate class size was 17. There were also 278 students enrolled in the LIM College's graduate programs (170 on-campus/108 online).[1]


The campus consists of three locations in Midtown Manhattan, located in walking distance of each other, and a residence hall located in Midtown West Manhattan.

External recognition[edit]

In 2019, The Business of Fashion named LIM College as one of "The Best Fashion Schools in the World".[10] LIM was named to Phi Theta Kappa's Transfer Honor Roll in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.[11] The Princeton Review included LIM College on its list of "Best Northeastern Colleges" for 2020.[12] This is the 16th consecutive year LIM College has made the list. [13]


Notable LIM College alumni include:


  1. ^ a b c "College Navigator - LIM College". Retrieved Jul 8, 2021.
  2. ^ Lockwood, Lisa (Oct 4, 2012). "Elizabeth S. Marcuse Talks LIM College". Retrieved Jul 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "Next Generation Class of 2019". NRF Foundation Site. Retrieved Jul 8, 2021.
  4. ^ Feitelberg, Rosemary (Nov 10, 2017). "Elliott Sailors Talks Leadership at LIM College, Describes Mistreatment of Models". Retrieved Jul 8, 2021.
  5. ^ "LIM College". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved Jul 8, 2021.
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  7. ^ "LIM College Named as One of "The Best Fashion Schools in the World"". LIM. 2019-06-03. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  8. ^ "The Best Fashion Schools in the World 2019". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  9. ^ US NEWS. "LIM College". US NEWS. US NEWS. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  10. ^ "The Best Fashion Schools in the World 2019". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved Jul 8, 2021.
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  12. ^ "Best Colleges in the Northeast | The Princeton Review". Retrieved Jul 8, 2021.
  13. ^ "Articles". LIM College. Retrieved Jul 8, 2021.
  14. ^ "Celebrity Stylist Zerina Akers on How She Landed Her High-Profile Position with Beyoncé". HYPEBAE. Retrieved Jul 8, 2021.
  15. ^ "Lauren Alexis Fisher". Harper's BAZAAR. Retrieved Jul 8, 2021.
  16. ^ Zaczkiewicz, Arthur (Oct 14, 2016). "Mentoring as a Catalyst for Developing a Fashion Industry Career". Retrieved Jul 8, 2021.
  17. ^ Zaczkiewicz, Arthur (May 3, 2018). "LIM Fashion Education Foundation Adds Board Members, Including Barneys' Vitale". Retrieved Jul 8, 2021.

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