Located in midtown Manhattan, the fashion capital of the world, LIM College is the nation’s only four-year institution devoted to the business of fashion. Offering undergraduate programs in four fashion-forward disciplines, LIM College prepares students for exciting careers in every aspect of the fashion industry.
LIM College History
More than seven decades ago, Maxwell F. Marcuse, an authority and pioneer in the fields of education and fashion, was asked by leading retailers to create an educational institution for the business of fashion and merchandising. In 1939 Mr. Marcuse founded what was originally known as the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM) and is today LIM College. Mr. Marcuse brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to establishing LIM College. In addition to holding several advertising positions with prominent retailers such as R.H. Macy & Co., Inc., he lectured on retail advertising, sales promotion, and fashion merchandising. He was also the author of several books on retailing. Mr. Marcuse’s background was instrumental in incorporating hands-on training and practical work experience as the foundation of LIM College’s mission. Maxwell F. Marcuse’s son, Adrian G. Marcuse, joined LIM College in 1962 and assumed the presidency 10 years later. In his 40 years at the College, he kept alive the vision created by his father and successfully took LIM College from an institution that granted certificates for a one-year program to a Middle States-accredited, four-year college that granted baccalaureate degrees.
LIM College’s current president, Elizabeth S. Marcuse, is the third generation of the founding family to hold this position. With nearly 20 years of experience in the fashion industry, President Marcuse’s background and expertise bring fresh insight to LIM College’s mission. Under her leadership the College has experienced significant strategic growth and greatly expanded its physical plant and academic offerings, most notably with the addition in 2009 of the nation’s only Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program with concentrations in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship.
The LIM College Campus
LIM College is situated in four buildings—on East 45th, East 53rd, and East 54th Streets, and on Fifth Avenue—just steps from some of the world’s most famous companies and retail stores. Our facilities include a comprehensive 5,000-square-foot library with more than 18,000 volumes, slides, films, software, videos, periodicals, and online databases; state-of-the-art computer labs, learning centers and studios, a bookstore, and a coffee bar. Student housing is located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, at the 1760 Third Avenue Residence Hall.
About the LIM Fashion Education Foundation
The LIM Fashion Education Foundation (FEF) was founded in 1977 and has as its primary purpose the provision of scholarship and grant aid to students who wish to attend LIM College. An independent, tax-exempt institution with a Board of Trustees that is separate and distinct from LIM College, the FEF raises funds through individual and corporate contributions and special fundraising events. The FEF also works to secure in-kind donations to enhance the educational capabilities of LIM College.
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