LIM College is a four year institute based in the midtown Manhattan area of New York City, with a focus on the business of fashion. Founded as the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in 1939 as a women’s only school, LIM has been fully co-educational since 1971.
Undergraduate majors are offered in fashion media and merchandising, as well as in international business, management, marketing, and visual merchandising. While LIM is primarily focused on the fashion and clothing sector students will be taught valuable skills that can transfer across retail and industry, such as courses offered in Public Relations, eCommerce, and Brand Management.
In the graduate field, LIM offers Master of Professional Studies qualifications in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising, Global Fashion Supply, and Visual Marketing. Supply chain management was described by Dean of Graduate Studies Jacqueline Jenkins as ‘the lifeline of the industry’, and students in Global Fashion supply will be able to learn the intricacies of this all important subject through both academic teaching and firsthand upon seeing a final product at New York Fashion Week. The Fashion Marketing qualification is also available through an online course offered by LIM.
LIM College’s Midtown campus locations at the Townhouse, Fifth Avenue, and Maxwell Hall place it at a cultural and business hub of New York, presenting excellent work experience opportunities for students. Internships are a key part of studies at LIM from freshman to senior year, and in the past students have taken placements at establishments such as Oscar de la Renta, Versace, and Louis Vuitton.
Alumni of LIM College include Daniella Vitale, COO of Barneys New York, CEO at Nine West Group Kathy Nedorostek-Kaswell, and Dianne Vavra, Senior VP of Press Relations at Dior Beauty.