LIM College

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LIM College
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The Townhouse
Motto Where Business Meets Fashion
Established 1939
Type Private
President Elizabeth S. Marcuse
Provost Christopher J. Cyphers
Students 1700
Undergraduates 1515 (as of October 2015)[1]
Postgraduates 185 (as of October 2015)[1]
Location Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

LIM College is a private, specialized undergraduate and graduate college focused on the business of fashion in Midtown Manhattan.


The college was founded in 1939 by Maxwell F. Marcuse as the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, at the request 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, succeeded by Elizabeth S. Marcuse.[2][3] In 2009, the school changed its name to LIM College.[2][4]


The college offers undergraduate majors leading to a Bachelor's degree in International Business, Fashion merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, and Management. Concentrations are available in fields including Digital business strategy,[5] Cosmetics, Entrepreneurship, Event Planning, Fashion Communications, Fashion Merchandising , Fashion Publishing, International Marketing, Retailing, Styling, and Visual Merchandising.

It also offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, with concentrations available in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship, and a Master of Professional Studies program with concentration Fashion merchandising & Retail management and Fashion marketing.[6] There is also an Associate's degree program in Fashion merchandising.

Undergraduate students must complete internships during three of their four years at the 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 fashion companies.[7]

MBA students complete a comprehensive 51-credit program customized by the student and his/her advisor to integrate their background with their aspirations. Depending on whether students are full-time or part-time, they can complete the program in 12 months or 24 months.


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.[8][9] The Bachelor of Science in International Business degree is in candidacy for accreditation by the ACBSP.[1]


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 was 18. There were also 134 students enrolled in the LIM College's graduate programs.[1]


The campus consists of three locations in Midtown Manhattan, located in walking distance of each other, and a residence hall on the Upper East Side:[10]

On October 16, 2012, the 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.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d "College Navigator - LIM College" National Center for Education Statistics
  2. ^ a b "About LIM College: History" on the LIM College website
  3. ^ "All in the Family: Elizabeth Marcuse Heads LIM" WWD article
  4. ^ "Elizabeth S. Marcuse Talks LIM College" WWD Article
  5. ^ "LIM College Adds Concentration in Digital Business Strategy" College website
  6. ^ "MPS in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management" LIM College website
  7. ^ "LIM College" on US News website
  8. ^ "Current ACBSP Accredited Programs and Members". Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "LIM College, NY - Middle States Commission on Higher Education". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "LIM College" Princeton Review
  11. ^ "Small School does the Fashionable Thing in Midtown" Crain's New York

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