How to Apply

Everything you need to know to get started

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If you're ready to begin the application process please fill out the application form. Upon completion, an Admissions Advisor will contact you to review your application and assist with gathering the additional required application materials.

Application Form

Additional Application Requirements

Official Transcripts
Official transcripts from your high school and all colleges or universities attended are required.

SAT/ACT Test Scores
If you attended high school in the U.S. you may submit your SAT and/or ACT test scores (recommended but not required.)

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

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:



Application and Enrollment 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.

Application Fee (non-refundable) $25
Enrollment Fee (non-refundable, due upon acceptance) $200
Total $225
Application Fee (non-refundable) $25
Enrollment Fee (non-refundable, due upon acceptance) $200
Additional Out-of-State Fee (refundable, due prior to registration) $150
Total $375
Application Fee (non-refundable) $25
Enrollment 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 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 Enrollment 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.


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