Dressing appropriately for an interview, career fair, or networking event is key to boosting your confidence and helping you make a great first impression.

Thanks to the generous donation from alumni donors and our recruiting partners, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, we offer the Clothing Closet free of charge to make sure you have everything you need to be successful in your job search!

The Clothing Closet allows current students from the five schools we serve to borrow suits and accessories to attend an interview, career fair, or professional networking event. This service is not open to alumni.

We have black suits for women in sizes of W0 to W22. Most suit sets includes a jacket, skirt and pants. Women can also select pearl earrings as accessories. We have black/navy (select sizes) suits for men in sizes M36 to M46. Also available are white dress shirts, dress shoes, ties, belts and overcoats for the winter.  

In addition to our generous donors and Macy’s and Bloomingdales, we would like to thank Ye Olde Dry Cleaners for providing cleaning services for our Clothing Closet suits.


  • To request a suit, please read and complete our policy agreement form and review the FAQ section below.
  • Once we’ve received your request, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to try on and pick up your suit.  
  • The CCE Clothing Closet Service is open for students to try on and pick up suits Monday and Wednesday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm and to return suits Friday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm. 
  • When preparing for an interview or event, please keep in mind that submitting a Clothing Closet request does not guarantee a reservation. Also, please remember that these items are loaned to you, so returning them in the condition you received them helps us provide the Clothing Closet to your friends. Before you check out a suit, be sure to familiarize yourself with our policies regarding return dates and damages. Also, you’re welcome to try on your suit to ensure a great fit before you check it out!


How do I reserve a suit?

  1. Read and Complete the Policy Agreement Form
    In order to borrow a suit, you’ll have to read and submit the policy agreement form. Please review the agreement carefully. Clothing Closet suits are University property and you’ll be responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen items. If you don’t follow the Clothing Closet policies, you will be subject to Dean’s discipline. It is very important that you return suits in a timely manner. Failure to return a suit in wearable condition by the due date means that the student next in line will be left without a suit for his or her interview. Suits are available to be tried on and picked up Monday and Wednesday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm. Suits must be returned that same week on Friday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm. 

  2. Submit a Suit Request Form to See if Your Size is Available
    After you have completed the policy agreement form, you will automatically be taken to the Suit Request form. Select your suit size and indicate what week you will need to borrow it. Requests must be submitted at least two business days prior to the week you would like to reserve the suit. Once we’ve received your request, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to try on and pick up your suit.  

  3. Reserve Your Suit
    After submitting your policy agreement and suit request forms, you may come to CCE to try on and pick up your suit Monday and Wednesday afternoons between 1PM and 4PM. If your suit is not available, we suggest that you go back to the request form and try selecting another date or another suit size. 

  4. Pick Up Your Suit
    CCE is located in East Campus, Lower Level. Suit pick-ups are on Monday and Wednesday afternoons between 1PM and 4PM. Please check the suit before leaving to make sure that it is not damaged when you receive it. When you return the suit, it will be inspected for stains and tears. You will be responsible for any stains or damage that was not there when you picked it up.

  5. Return Your Suit on or Before the Due Date
    The confirmation email you receive will include the date that your suit must be returned. Suits must be returned between 1PM and 4PM on Friday unless our office is closed. Please note that we’re not open on weekends, holidays, or during CCE-sponsored career fairs. If your suit is due on a day when we’re closed, please return the suit by noon on the next day we are open. Please call CCE at (212) 854-5609 or email us at cce@columbia.edu if you have any questions.

Do I have to dry clean the suit before I return it?

No. We have our suits dry cleaned on a regular basis.

Can I reserve more than one suit at a time?

No. In order to accomodate as many requests as possible, you can only reserve one suit at a time. Once you’ve returned your suit, you’re welcome to submit another request.

What do I do if I stain the suit?

If you stain a suit, please do not dry clean the suit on your own. We dry clean our suits on a regular basis to make our suits last as long as possible. If the stain still does not come off after cleaning, you may be subject to a damage fee.

What do I do if I rip the hem?

If you damage a suit, you’ll be subject to a fine. The fine is $25 — $40 for minor repairs, $50 — $150 for moderate repairs, and $250 if the suit needs to be replaced.

What happens if the suit is ripped or stained when I get it?

If a suit is damaged when you’re checking it out, please make sure you let our staff know. We’ll make a note so you’re not responsible for the damage.


Yes. If you have any questions, please call CCE at (212) 854-5609 or email us at cce@columbia.edu. 

How long do I get to keep the suit?

Suits may be picked up Monday or Wednesday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm and must be returned on Friday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm. Students are not permitted to keep suits over the weekend. 

I need to use the suit for a CCE career fair that does not end until Friday evening. I won’t be able to make it back to Your office by 4PM. When can I return my suit? Will I be subject to a late fee if I bring it in on Monday?

No. If you’re borrowing a suit for a CCE-sponsored career fair, you may return the suit the next day that our office is open. You will not be subject to a late fee.

I need to use the suit for an interview or information session on Friday afternoon or over the weekend, so I cannot return the suit by 4PM on Friday. Can I return the suit on Monday? Will I be charged a late fee?

Unfortunately, suits cannot be checked out over the weekend. If you have a special circumstance, please call CCE at (212) 854-5609 or email us at cce@columbia.edu to discuss your situation.

What do I do if I lose a suit?

If you lose a suit, you are subject to a $250 replacement fee.

What happens if I can’t return the suit on time?

Please call CCE at (212) 854-5609 or email us at cce@columbia.edu to discuss your situation.

I don’t need the suit anymore; what should I do?

If you make a reservation, but decide you no longer need the suit, you must cancel your request at least 2 business days in advance. Failure to do so means that another student who may have wanted the suit is unable to check it out. To cancel your reservation, please call (212) 854-5609 or email us at cce@columbia.edu.