General Notice

LIM College will be closed on Friday, July 22 and will reopen Monday, July 25. Summer Fashion Lab is not affected and will follow its usual Friday schedule.



How to Apply

I am LIM

Katie, a student from Australia and current junior, talks about life at LIM and in NYC.


LIM College welcomes international applicants from across the globe. As one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the world, New York City makes an ideal location to learn the fashion industry. The LIM College campus in Midtown Manhattan puts students in the heart of the fashion business and offers unparalleled opportunities for internships and networking.

LIM College defines international students as students who require a student visa to attend LIM College and/or have attended school outside the United States. Chinese students should visit LIM College on Weibo for more information.

LIM College has a rolling admissions policy allowing you to submit your application up to the beginning of the semester. We strongly recommend international students submit your application as early as possible to allow sufficient time for a visa to be issued. The visa process begins upon acceptance to LIM College. Applicants receive an admission decision by email on LIM College letterhead within four to six weeks of completing the application process.




In a 300-500 word essay, please describe the most significant experience, accomplishment, risk you have taken, moral dilemma or personal triumph you have faced and its impact on you.


Please write a Personal Statement that addresses the following:

  • Why you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree at LIM College
  • What makes you a good candidate for admission
  • What you hope to gain/learn by completing the program

The length should be between 250-500 words or 1-2 pages, double spaced. 


To be considered for admissions, you must submit an online or paper application along with a $40 non-refundable application fee or approved fee waiver. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for admissions.  

Mail materials to:

LIM College
Undergraduate Admissions
12 East 53rd St.
New York, NY 10022


Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendations from academic or work-related references. The letters of recommendation should demonstrate insight into your teamwork, leadership, communication, intellectual and interpersonal skills and abilities; as well as your level of maturity, strengths and weaknesses.

Send your letters of recommendation to and, or submit them via our application portal


English Proficiency

All non-native English language speakers must demonstrate English language competency.

Not required to prove English proficiency if:
  • Applicants who graduated from an American, Canadian, or British school in and completed two (2) years of regular English courses.
  • Student has taken at least two (2) years of English Composition in an accredited institution.
  • Applicants from the following countries: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Dominica, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, St. Lucia, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, & U.S. Pacific Trust.
Prove language proficiency by:
  • Critical writing SAT score of 460 or higher; or ACT English score of 19 or higher.
  • A transcript from an accredited and approved institution, indicating a grade of “C” or better in English composition.
  • An official “A” level GSCE Certificate indicating a grade of “C” or better in English.
  • Students earned at least 24 college credit hours or have made significant progress toward an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree from an accredited university. 

All other applicants must submit proof of English proficiency. TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson's Test of English (PTE), TOEIC, and ITEP scores and meet the minimum requirement. All official scores must be less than two years old.


Third Party Examinations Acceptance Level
TOEFL Internet- 80   Paper-550
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 55
TOEIC Listening/Reading: 700; Speaking / Writing: 7 or 270
ITEP 3.8 and above

Our school code for the TOEFL is 2830. Scores are available as early as 15 business days from the date of testing. Please inform your Admissions Counselor if you will be taking the TOEFL or IELTS or if you will be enrolling in an English language program

Below is the list of all approved English Language Schools.

Regardless of language proficiency all international students are required to take a placement exam upon their start of classes.  Prior course work does not preclude students from remedial language or business courses based on placement.

ESL SCHOOL Acceptance Level
Kaplan Advanced Level
Zoni Intensive English Program, Advanced Level Course
Rennert Upper-high Intermediate Level
ILSC A1, A2, and A3
Global ESL Academy Advanced Level Academic Program
ELS Level 112
TALK INT'L University Placement Level 9 Program
Bridge Language Centers English Level C1
Converse Int'l School of Language English for Academic Program (EAP)
EF-Education First Level C1-1
ELI Advanced Level
Manhattan Language Advanced Level
New York Language Upper-Intermediate Level
Universal English Center TOEFL Exam
OHLA (Open Heart Language Academy) Advanced 2
ELC Upper Advanced (combined score of 1000 or greater)

U.S. citizens who have completed the majority of their coursework abroad may be considered international students for admissions purposes.

All instances that do not fit within these specified criteria will be judged on a case-by-case basis. After review of your application, the Office of Admissions reserves the right to request additional documentation and/or translation of materials to support your application.



High School/Secondary School Transcripts

The minimum academic requirement for admission to LIM College for an Undergraduate degree program is the completion of high school or secondary school. The high school or secondary documentation is required even if you have college or university work. A transcript (record of subjects/courses and grades) and verification of graduation is required. The document(s) must represent the equivalence of high school graduation in the U.S. All documents not written in English must be submitted along with a certified English translation. If your degree was completed outside of the United States the Office of Admissions may request your transcripts be evaluated by an evaluation agency approved by NACES, prior to enrollment.

*Please contact your Admissions Counselor for the specific documents required.

Transfer Credits

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate program, you must submit your official university or college transcripts for admission purposes and in order to have your records reviewed for transfer credits. If your documents are from another country, they must be submitted to an evaluation agency approved by NACES for an evaluation. All documents not written in English must be submitted along with a certified English translation.

*If your curretly enrolled in your degree you must submit a final official trascript prior to enrolling at LIM College. Please contact your Admissions Counselor for the specific documents required

University/College Records-Graduate Programs

Students must submit an official transcript from the institution in which the applicant holds an undergraduate degree. We may request transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended at the undergraduate or graduate level to make an admissions decision. If your documents are from another country, they may need to be submitted to an education credential evaluation service to determine U.S. degree and GPA equivalency. All documents not written in English must be submitted along with a certifiedEnglish translation to an evaluation agency approved by NACES.

If your curretly enrolled in your degree you must submit a final official college trascript outlining the degree awarded prior to enrolling at LIM College.

*Please contact your Admissions Counselor for the specific documents required according to country of study.


All students who are not required to submit a credential evaluation, must forward official documents directly to the Office of Admissions. Official documents must be signed and sealed in original packaging and issued from the institution and are certified, notarized or attested.

Activity Sheet

The activity sheet gives us a deeper understanding of your work and volunteer experiences, extracurricular activities and awards and achievements. It is not required for admissions consideration, but we strongly encourage you to submit an activity sheet. You may submit your resume in place of the activity sheet.

Activity Sheet


A personal interview is required by LIM College for international students. To schedule your interview, contact International Admissions.

After reviewing your application, the Office of Admissions reserves the right to request additional documentation and/or translation of materials in support of your application.


Regular Admissions



Early Action Admissions 

October 1


Graduate Dates

Spring Priority Deadline

November 15


Fall Priority Deadline

March 1


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