How to Apply

All prospective students must apply online. You’ll begin and manage your FIDM application through our Online Application Portal. Once you’ve created your account, completed the online form, and submitted the $25 Online Application Fee, you’ll be able to return to the application as needed to add the additional required materials.

To get started:
  1. Sign Up and Log In to your Online Application Portal account.
  2. Fill out the mandatory fields.
  3. Click SAVE & PAY.
  4. Pay the $25 fee.
  5. Click SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.

Please note: You only need to create one Online Application Portal account. You may work with your Admissions Advisor to change any details on your account, such as start date, campus, or major.

After you submit your application, an Advisor from FIDM will contact you to guide you through completing it and uploading the required application materials, or you may follow the instructions below.

APPLY

How to complete your application:
  • Create an application account (see instructions above).
  • Review the application portfolio/entrance requirements for your major.
  • Review and fill in any remaining items on the Online Application and upload the materials required for your program.
  • Submit your official transcripts to your Admissions Advisor.
  • Follow up with your Admissions Advisor to ensure that all your materials are complete.


Application Requirements

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

Letters of Recommendation
Two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or employers are required. You will submit the names and email addresses of your recommenders via the Online Application Portal, and the professionals will be contacted via our online system.

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?

Submit the essay via the Online Application Portal. (2 pages maximum)

Portfolio/Entrance Project
All majors require a portfolio/entrance project specific to that major (list of Portfolio/Entrance Projects by major is available at the link below). You should submit your project via the Online Application Portal.

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
Two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or employers are required. You will submit the names and email addresses of your recommenders via the Online Application Portal, and the professionals will be contacted via our online system.

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?

Submit the essay via the Online Application Portal. (2 pages maximum)

Portfolio/Entrance Project
All majors require a portfolio/entrance project specific to that major (list of Portfolio/Entrance Projects by major is available at the link below). You should submit your project via the Online Application Portal.

Portfolio/Entrance Project Instructions

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 via the Online Application Portal.

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) via the Online Application Portal.

View the I-134 Affidavit of Support page.

Copy of Passport
Provide a copy of your Passport via the Online Application Portal. 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. Submit via the Online Application Portal.



Admissions Decisions

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

Priority application deadline for the High School Class of 2018 is December 1, 2017.

Priority application deadline for the High School Class of 2019 Junior Advantage is June 30, 2018.

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



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 Application 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.