LIM College

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

LIM College is a private, for-profit, 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 and Fashion Media, 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, Home Fashions and Visual Merchandising. There is also an associate degree program in Fashion merchandising.

On the graduate level, the College offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, as well as Master of Professional Studies degree programs in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management, Fashion Marketing, Visual Merchandising, and Global Fashion Supply Chain Management.[6]

Summer programs for high school and middle school students are also available.[6]

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]


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 2015, LIM College’s undergraduate enrollment was 1,515. The undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio was 8 to 1 and the average class size was 18. There were also 185 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" Archived 2013-07-18 at the Wayback Machine. College website
  6. ^ a b LIM College website
  7. ^ "LIM College" on US News website
  8. ^ "Current ACBSP Accredited Programs and Members". Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. 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

External links

  • LIM College's Official website
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