How to Apply

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Once we receive your Initial Application, you will be contacted by an Admissions Advisor and given access to our private online community of FIDM applicants.

Students may request an Admissions Advisor anytime prior to application to discuss majors, degree options, financial aid, and scholarships by calling 213-624-1201 or emailing admissions@fidm.edu.

Application Requirements

Initial Application Requirements
  • Initial Application and $25 Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts -- Please submit upon application by email or mail to your Advisor
  • SAT/ACT Scores -- Recommended but not required

  • Submit Your Initial Application


    Final Application Requirements
    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 and Entrance Project
    If applying to any of the majors below, you must submit a portfolio or an entrance project.

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

    Portfolio and 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 (TOEFL / ESL)
    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:



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

    Please email all application materials to your Advisor or admissions@fidm.edu, or mail them to:
    FIDM Admissions
    919 South Grand Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90015-1421

    Admissions Decisions

    FIDM reviews completed applications on a rolling basis in the order in which they are received. Admissions decisions are made as space permits.

    Priority deadline for the Class of 2017 Junior Advantage Application period is June 30.

    Contact Us

    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.

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