What to Expect Learning Online

Answers to common questions about LIM online programs

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

LIM College is located in two buildings in midtown Manhattan (216 East 45th Street, and 545 Fifth Ave.). Student housing is provided by Educational Housing Services (EHS) FOUND Study- Midtown East located in midtown Manhattan (569 Lexington Ave on the corner of E 51st St and Lexington Ave) 

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.

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.

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.

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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
  • $40 application fee (or fee waiver)

Master’s Degree Programs

  • Completed online application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges you’ve previously attended
  • Personal essay
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Interview via phone or Skype
  • Resume
  • $40 application fee (or fee waiver)

No. The SAT, ACT, or GRE are all optional.

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.

No. You can apply at any time up until the start of classes. To find our next class start check out our Academic Calendar.

Yes. Click here for our transfer credit guidelines.

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.

Yes. Please email limonline@limcollege.edu or call 212-310-0675 for more information.

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.

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.

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

If you are in an online degree program, each of your courses will run for 7 weeks. Each 7 week period is called a “session.” Sessions start on a Monday and end on a Wednesday. Click here to view the Academic Calendar. 

Typically, online students take two courses each session. However, this is up to you, based on your individual circumstances. You have the option to take a different number of courses each session.

You will work closely with an Online Advisor, and together you will select the courses you’ll need to complete your degree.

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.

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.

On average, LIM online students tend to spend between 7-8 hours each week (per course) doing coursework.

LIM provides online students with numerous resources to assist with their internship search. These resources include:

  • Handshake (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.

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.

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.)

The total cost of your program is based on how many courses you take at LIM, as well as how many sessions/semesters it takes you to complete your program. Each session is 7 weeks and there are 2 sessions in a semester.

In the associate and bachelor’s degree programs, each credit is $618* 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 session, 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 ($220) each semester, for a total cost of $7,636 per semester. Books and supplies ($360) are an additional indirect 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 $30,544 for the associate degree program and $68,724 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 $1,075 and you have to complete 30 credits. So, if you take 12 credits (4 courses) each semester, you would pay $12,900 tuition for the semester. There is an additional charge for fees ($220), for a total cost of $13,120 per semester. This results in a total program cost of $32,800. 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 2022-23 academic year. Program costs will vary by student, based on number of courses per module and number of semesters needed to complete the program.

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

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.

Yes. Please contact Student Financial Services (212-752-1530 Ext. 389) or email sfs@limcollege.edu for details.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yes, although certain conditions may apply. Please email cas@limcollege.edu for more info.

Yes. LIM College holds one Commencement ceremony in New York City each year in May for all graduates. To learn more check out our Commencement page. 

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
  • 256 GB or more hard drive

2. Operating Systems

  • Windows 10 Education or newer
  • Mac OS 10.14 (Mojave) 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.

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