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Online Programs - Frequently Asked Questions

We know you have a lot of questions about what LIM College has to offer, and we’re here to answer them. Below are some of the questions we hear most often. If you need more info, just call us at (212) 752-1530. We’d love to hear from you!

Is there an application deadline?
No. You can apply at any time up until the start of classes. Our next set of classes start on September 8, 2020.

When do classes start?
Our next online classes start on September 8, 2020.

General

Where is LIM College located?
LIM College is located in three buildings in midtown Manhattan (12 East 53rd Street, 216 East 45th Street, and 545 Fifth Ave.). Student housing is provided by Educational Housing Services (EHS) The New Yorker located in midtown Manhattan (481 Eighth Ave. between West 34th–35th Streets).

Is LIM College accredited?
LIM College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Additionally, our BBA, BPS, and associate degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

What online degree programs does LIM College offer?
Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Fashion Marketing
Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management
Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in the Business of Fashion
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Fashion Merchandising
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in the Business of Fashion*
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Fashion Merchandising & Management

*For transfer students with at least 60 credits or those who already have an associate degree.

How long will it take to earn my degree?
The amount of time it will take you to earn your degree depends on how many classes you take each module. The associate degree can be completed in as few as 1.5 years (or even less if you transfer credits in). The bachelor’s degree can be completed in as little as 3 years (or even less if you transfer credits in), and master’s degree programs can be completed as quickly as one year.

What kind of jobs do graduates of LIM College’s online programs get after graduation?
LIM College graduates work in all areas of fashion and its related fields. Among the students who completed their master’s degrees online in 2018, sample positions include: Visual Manager, Target; Regional Project Manager, Advantage Apparel; Associate Beauty Editor, Green Park Content; Store Director, Pronovias; Marketing Associate, Sysco; and Production Manager, Anni Kuan Design.

Admissions

How do I apply to an online program?
Click here to start your online application.

What are the admissions requirements for online programs?
In order to be considered for admission to our online degree programs, you must submit the following:

Associate and Bachelor’s Degree Programs
-Completed online application
-Official high school and (if applicable) college transcripts
-Personal essay
-Letter of recommendation
-$40 application fee (or fee waiver)

Master’s Degree Programs
-Completed online application
-Official transcripts from all colleges you’ve previously attended
-Personal essay
-Two letters of recommendation
-Interview via phone or Skype
-Resume
-$40 application fee (or fee waiver)

Do I need to submit SAT, ACT, or GRE scores?
No. The SAT, ACT, or GRE are all optional.

Is there an application fee?
Yes. You must submit a $40 application fee. This fee is non-refundable. Email limonline@limcollege.edu if you would like to apply for a fee waiver.

Is there an application deadline?
No. You can apply at any time up until the start of classes. Our next online classes start on September 8, 2020.

Can I transfer credits I earned at another college into an LIM College online program?
Yes. Click here for our transfer credit guidelines.

Can international students enroll in online programs at LIM College?
Yes. You may be required to complete the TOEFL or another exam to prove English language proficiency. Students on an F-1 visa are only permitted to take one online course per semester.

Can I start in online and switch to on-campus (and vice-versa)?
Yes. Please email limonline@limcollege.edu or call 212-310-0675 for more information.

When do classes start?
Our next online classes start on September 8, 2020.

Academics

How do online classes work?
Online classes run on a Monday through Sunday schedule. This means that new learning materials and assignments are posted online each Monday and your assignments for that week are typically due by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. You will also have at least one online discussion board each week and you’ll need to post in it by Wednesday. Every course includes videos, links to articles, and other learning materials to ensure you have everything you need to complete your coursework and assignments. You’ll interact with your instructors and classmates via email, online discussion boards, and occasionally video chats.

Do online classes meet at specific times?
No. Online courses are fully asynchronous. This means that you do your work on your own time. However, there are deadlines. Typically, discussion board posts are due on Wednesdays, while other assignments are due by Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

Do I need to buy books?
You will need to purchase books for some of your courses. In other courses, books will be accessible online via the LIM College library.

How long is an online course? What is the academic calendar for online programs?
If you are in an online degree program, each of your courses will run for 7.5 weeks. Each 7.5 week period is called a “module.” Modules start on a Monday and end on a Wednesday. Click here to view the Academic Calendar.

How many courses will I take at once?
Typically, online students take two courses each module. However, this is up to you, based on your individual circumstances. You have the option to take a different number of courses each module.

How will I know which courses to take – and when to take them?
You will work closely with an Online Advisor, and together you will select the courses you’ll need to complete your degree.

How will I interact with my professor and classmates in an online course?
Much of the communication will take place via email, online text discussions, along with some video discussions, too. We encourage online students to form study groups using apps such as WhatsApp or GroupMe.

What kinds of assignments will I need to complete?
There are a range of assignments in online courses. These include discussion boards, individual projects, quizzes, and creative exercises. Some courses also include practice exams, so you can test yourself before you take the graded exam.

How many hours a week do I need to dedicate to each course?
On average, LIM online students tend to spend between 7-8 hours each week (per course) doing coursework.

The program I’m interested in requires me to do an internship. How does that work if I’m an online student?
LIM provides online students with numerous resources to assist with their internship search. These resources include:

  • Symplicity (our job and internship database that features nationwide listings of fashion-related companies)
  • Online Career Coach (helps students search, prepare, network, and apply for positions and assists with the interview process)
  • Virtual Career Fair
    Held over two days, the Fair is held virtually through an online platform where students can explore career opportunities, learn about companies, and apply for jobs and internships. Employers are active during various times over the course of the two days, and students can chat live with them online.

Where have online students interned?
Online students may complete internships in any U.S. state or country, including internships that are completely virtual/remote. Some of the companies where online students have previously interned include: Sephora, Yumi Kim, Ross Stores, Playback Media Group, Urban Outfitters, and Farrah Covington Designs.

Will my diploma indicate that I earned my degree online instead of on campus?
No. Your diploma will not indicate whether you earned your degree from an online or on-campus program. Your diploma only indicates what type of academic credential you’ve earned (i.e. Bachelor of Business Administration in Fashion Merchandising, Master of Professional Studies in Marketing, etc.)

Funding Your Education

How much will my program cost?
The total cost of your program is based on how many courses you take at LIM, as well as how many modules/semesters it takes you to complete your program. Each module is 7.5 weeks and there are 2 modules in a semester.

In the associate and bachelor’s degree programs, each credit is $580* and most courses are 3 credits each. The associate degree requires you to complete 62 credits, and the bachelor’s degree is 122 credits. (Please note that you may be able to transfer in credits you previously earned at other colleges to count towards this total.)

So, if you take 6 credits (2 courses) per module, which would be 12 credits (4 courses) for the semester, you would pay $6,960 tuition for the semester. There is an additional charge for fees ($200) each semester, for a total cost of $7,160 per semester. Books and supplies ($360) are an additional indrect cost that a student may or may not incur.

Assuming you are not transferring in credits from any other colleges, it takes a minimum of 4 semesters (1.5 years) to complete the associate degree program and a minimum of 9 semesters (3 years) to complete the bachelor’s degree program. This results in a total tuition cost of $28,640 for the associate degree program and $64,440 for the bachelor’s degree program. (Total tuition cost is shown as an estimate as tuition may increase per year).

For master’s degree programs, each credit costs $1010 and you have to complete 30 credits. So, if you take 12 credits (4 courses) each semester, you would pay $12,120 tuition for the semester. There is an additional charge for fees ($200), for a total cost of $12,320 per semester. This results in a total program cost of $30,800.  Books and supplies ($360) are an additional indirect cost that a student may or may not incur. (Total program cost is shown as an estimate as tuition may increase per year).

*All figures are for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs will vary by student, based on number of courses per module and number of semesters needed to complete the program.

What types of financial aid are available?
Several types of financial aid are available to online students, including scholarships, grants, and government and private loans.

How do I apply for financial aid? What are the deadlines?
To receive financial aid, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) every academic year. You must have a valid FAFSA on file before the start of classes for each module if you plan on using financial aid to pay your tuition. LIM’s school code for the FAFSA is 007466.

Are there payment plans available?
Yes. Please contact Student Financial Services (212-752-1530 Ext. 389) or email sfs@limcollege.edu for details.

Student Life and Services

Is there an Orientation for online students?
Yes. Our online New Student Orientation gives you an opportunity to learn more about the programs and services at LIM College, as well as how to get started on your courses. You can also interact with other new online students during this Orientation.

What academic support resources are available to online students?
Online students have access to a variety of academic support services, including tutoring and guidance from our Math and Writing Centers, academic program advising, and online library resources.

What career development services do online students receive?
Our Office of Career and Internship Services provides online students with a diverse array of services, including: one-on-one career coaching, job and internship search assistance, interview preparation, resume and cover letter reviews, professional development workshops, webinars, and career fairs.

What tech support services are available for online students?
We have an IT Help Desk that you can contact 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Assistance is provided by email (ITsupport@limcollege.edu) or phone (646-218-2190). On-campus IT Help Desk hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday.

Can online students participate in any on-campus activities, such as clubs or special events?
Yes. We encourage students in online programs to participate in whatever clubs interest them and to attend as many special events as they can, such as career workshops, guest speakers, etc. Email studentlife@limcollege.edu for more info.

Can online students use the counseling center?
Yes, although certain conditions may apply. Please email counselingaccessibility@limcollege.edu for more info.

Can online students attend graduation?
Yes. LIM College holds one Commencement ceremony in New York City each year in May for all graduates. Our 2020 Commencement ceremony will be held at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.

Technology Requirements

To use Canvas, along with other course technologies, we recommend you have access to the following:

1. Desktop or laptop

  • At least 8GB of RAM
  • Intel Core i7 / AMD A7 or better processor
  • 256 GB or more hard drive

2. Operating Systems

  • Windows 10 and newer
  • Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) or newer

3. Broadband Internet Connect

  • Minimum 4Mbps
  • Dial-up connections are not recommended due to the nature of rich media in your courses.

4. Updated browsers

  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. Your browser will notify you if there is a new version available.

5. Microphone | Camera

  • You may need to post video or audio comments or participate in videoconferences for some online courses.

Check out our Technology Requirements handout for more information on basic computer specifications.

NOTE: While you can access Canvas on a mobile device (tablet/phone), we strongly recommend you have access to a desktop or laptop for major projects.