How to Apply

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Submit the application form with the $25 Initial Application fee. Upon application, watch your email or phone for an introductory message from your Advisor, or to speak to an Advisor now, call 213-624-1201 or email admissions@fidm.edu.

You will also be invited to join our online community of FIDM applicants.

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Application Requirements

Your Advisor will provide feedback and assist you throughout the next steps in the application process, discussing majors, degree paths, financial aid, and scholarships.

We suggest that applicants submit the following items within 2-3 weeks of completing the Initial Application.

Official Transcripts
Please submit high school and all college transcripts by mail or email to your Advisor.

Letters of Recommendation
Three (3) letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or employers are required. You may ask these professionals to write you a letter of recommendation, or you can have them fill out the Reference Request form below.

Reference Request Form.

Admissions Essay
Write an essay containing answers to the following questions:

  1. What are your expectations, goals, hobbies, and special interests?
  2. What appeals to you about the major you are considering?
  3. What are your goals and aspirations?

(2 pages maximum)

Portfolio/Entrance Project
If applying to any of the majors below, you must submit a portfolio/entrance project.

Portfolio/Entrance Project Instructions

Official Transcripts
Please send records from all schools attended. All applicants educated outside the U.S. are required to have their credentials evaluated by an Accredited Education Evaluation Service. For possible exceptions to this requirement, consult with your Admissions Advisor.

Letters of Recommendation
Three (3) letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or employers are required. You may ask these professionals to write you a letter of recommendation, or you can have them fill out the Reference Request form below.

Reference Request Form.

Admissions Essay
Write an essay containing answers to the following questions:

  1. What are your expectations, goals, hobbies, and special interests?
  2. What are your reasons for choosing FIDM?
  3. What appeals to you about the major you are considering?
  4. What are your goals and aspirations upon graduation from FIDM?

(2 pages maximum)

Portfolio/Entrance Project
If applying to any of the majors below, you must submit a portfolio or an entrance project.

Portfolio/Entrance Project Instructions

Information & Authorization Form
International Students must provide a permanent home address outside of the US. Complete and submit the form below.

Information & Authorization Form

International Student Financial Statement
The US government requires all international students to provide proof of the ability to pay tuition and living expenses for the first academic year. Complete and submit the form below.

International Student Financial Statement.

International Students must provide a permanent home address outside of the US. Along with the form above, you must submit a Bank Statement or I-134 (if sponsored by a resident of the US).
View the I-134 Affidavit of Support page.

Copy of Passport
Provide a copy of your Passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months into the future.

Proof of English Proficiency
Students whose first language is not English and who have not taken AND passed a regular (not ESL) English class at a U.S. accredited college or a US high school must submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score - or a TOEFL equivalent - prior to acceptance. Students who have TOEFL scores of 207 computer-based / or 76 Internet-based and above are exempt from FIDM's Development Writing (ESL) classes.

The minimum TOEFL score or a TOEFL equivalent for acceptance to FIDM is a computer-based score of 183 or an Internet-based score of 65.

FIDM offers Developmental Writing (ESL), an advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) course, for students whose scores range from 183-203 computer-based, 65-75 internet-based. FIDM students take the Developmental Writing (ESL) classes in conjunction with courses in their major. The cost for the Developmental Writing (ESL) class is $850 (tuition, books, and supplies).

Transfer Request Form (if required)
Required for students transferring from U.S. high schools. language institutes, colleges, or universities.

Select the FIDM campus you intend on transferring to:





View tuition schedules by major.

Please send your transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, and other items to your Advisor or admissions@fidm.edu, or mail them to:

FIDM Admissions
919 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1421

Admissions Decisions

Applications for High School Seniors and older are accepted on a rolling basis as space permits. We highly encourage early submissions.

The Final Application fee of $200 is due upon acceptance. The total FIDM application fees are $225.

Priority deadline for the Class of 2018 Junior Advantage Application period is June 30.

Initial and Final Application Fees Schedule for All Students

These fees are in addition to the above total and are non-refundable. Refer to appropriate application fees schedule below.

Initial Application Fee (non-refundable) $25
Final Application Fee (non-refundable, due upon acceptance) $200
Total $225
Initial Application Fee (non-refundable) $25
Final Application Fee (non-refundable, due upon acceptance) $200
Additional Out-of-State Fee (refundable, due prior to registration) $150
Total $375
Initial Application Fee (non-refundable) $25
Final Application Fee (non-refundable, due upon acceptance) $200
Additional International Fee (refundable, due prior to registration) $300
Total $525
Explanation of Fees
  1. The student agrees to pay the non-refundable Initial Application Fee of $25 along with the Application form. This application does not obligate the student or FIDM in any way. Enrollment and financial arrangements will be completed upon acceptance.
  2. The $200 non-refundable Final Applicationt Fee should also be submitted as a separate check or money order prior to determining the student's acceptance for Out-of-State and International students. It will be returned if the student is not accepted.

If you have questions, we’re here to help

Feel free to contact us by phone or email, or even chat with us live during regular business hours. We look forward to hearing from you.

FIDM Admissions Department

Phone: 213-624-1201
In-state/out-of-state toll-free: 800-624-1200
Email: admissions@fidm.edu