How to Apply

How to Apply

Get connected with an Advisor as early as possible. Admissions Advisors will help you explore majors and customized degree options, explain financial aid and tuition, and provide individual feedback on how to best prepare your FIDM application.

When to Apply

Applications for 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 2019 is December 1, 2018.

Priority application deadline for the High School Class of 2020 Junior Advantage is June 30, 2019.

MBA Application Process

MBA applicants should use this application packet and submit materials directly to your Admissions Advisor.

MBA Application

AA/BA/BS Application Process

Step 1: Apply Online
Complete and submit your application form and $25 payment.

Step 2: Submit Application Materials
You may submit the required Application Materials through your Student Account or directly to your Advisor.

Step 3: Schedule Admissions Interview
Connect with your Admissions Advisor who will review your application materials with you to prepare for your official Admissions Interview (in person or by phone). If accepted to FIDM, the Final Application Fee of $200 is due at that time.

Set up a Student Account by clicking on the AA/BA/BS Application button below:

AA/BA/BS Application

Application Requirements

Official Transcripts
Please submit high school and all college transcripts by mail or email directly to your Admissions Advisor. FIDM recognizes transcripts from schools that are either regionally accredited or found under the National Center for Education Statistics http://nces.ed.gov/ website.

Please submit SAT/ACT test scores if available. Although FIDM does not require ACT or SAT scores to apply to the college, in some cases, one of these nationally recognized tests may be required in order for us to determine academic readiness for acceptance to FIDM.

Home school applicants not meeting the transcript criteria above are considered with at least one of the following: SAT or ACT scores, Proficiency or GED test results.

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 your student account or you may request letters directly from your references and submit them to your Admissions Advisor. Be sure you have communicated with your Admissions Advisor by this point as your Advisor will also be providing their recommendation to your file.

Admissions Essay
Formats supported: Word (.doc or docx) and Adobe (.pdf)

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 your Student Account or mail/email to your Admissions Advisor. (2 pages maximum)

Portfolio
Requirements:

Students applying for Fashion Design, Fashion Knitwear Design, Footwear Design & Development, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Textile Design, Digital Media, and Visual Communications:

Show us who you are! Your portfolio should include a selection of 8-12 examples of your work, reflecting your ideas, inspirations, concepts and creativity. Your portfolio may concentrate on a single medium or may show a variety of media, and it does not need to specifically address the major to which you are applying. Your portfolio should reflect your unique creativity. We encourage you to include work representing your interests and development over time. No portfolio will ever be compared to another when assessing admission eligibility.

We encourage you to contact the Admissions Office if you would like advice or guidance on your portfolio.

Students applying for Apparel Industry Management, Beauty Marketing & Product Development, Social Media, Merchandise Product Development, Merchandising & Marketing:
These creative business majors require a portfolio specific to the major (click here for instructions).


Official Transcripts
Please submit high school and all college transcripts by mail or email directly to your Admissions Advisor. FIDM recognizes transcripts from schools that are either regionally accredited or found under the National Center for Education Statistics http://nces.ed.gov/ website.

Please submit SAT/ACT test scores if available. Although FIDM does not require ACT or SAT scores to apply to the college, in some cases, one of these nationally recognized tests may be required in order for us to determine academic readiness for acceptance to FIDM.

Home school applicants not meeting the transcript criteria above are considered with at least one of the following: SAT or ACT scores, Proficiency or GED test results.



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 your student account or you may request letters directly from your references and submit them to your Admissions Advisor. Be sure you have communicated with your Admissions Advisor by this point as your Advisor will also be providing their recommendation to your file.

Reference Request Form.

Admissions Essay
Formats supported: Word (.doc or docx) and Adobe (.pdf)

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 your Student Account or mail/email to your Admissions Advisor. (2 pages maximum)

Portfolio
Requirements:

Students applying for Fashion Design, Fashion Knitwear Design, Footwear Design & Development, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Textile Design, Digital Media, and Visual Communications:

Show us who you are! Your portfolio should include a selection of 8-12 examples of your work, reflecting your ideas, inspirations, concepts and creativity. Your portfolio may concentrate on a single medium or may show a variety of media, and it does not need to specifically address the major to which you are applying. Your portfolio should reflect your unique creativity. We encourage you to include work representing your interests and development over time. No portfolio will ever be compared to another when assessing admission eligibility.

We encourage you to contact the Admissions Office if you would like advice or guidance on your portfolio.

Students applying for Apparel Industry Management, Beauty Marketing & Product Development, Social Media, Merchandise Product Development, Merchandising & Marketing:
These creative business majors require a portfolio specific to the major (click here for 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.

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 or download a PDF below.

Select the FIDM campus you intend on transferring to:

Initial and Final Application Fee Schedules for All First-Time Students

These fees are in addition to the above total and are non-refundable. Refer to appropriate Application Fee 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) $400
Total $625
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.