Pace University


Pace University students do more than keep pace; They Work Toward Greatness. Pace University is serious about academics but the school’s motto encompasses the entire student experience. Students define what greatness means to them through opportunities and experiences, and then gain the education to achieve it.

Pace University includes five schools and one college. More than 13,500 students are enrolled in 100 different undergraduate majors in 27 bachelor’s degree programs (and 3,000 courses), 47 master’s programs, and four doctoral programs. Majors with the highest enrollment include accounting, finance, and nursing. Disciplines with the highest pecentage of degrees awarded are business/marketing, health professions and related sciences, communication technologies, computer and information sciences, and education. Graduate degrees include the MBA, law degrees, and physician assistant, among many others. A number of joint degree programs with other universities are also available. Pace also has an undergraduate honors college and study abroad opportunities.

The 100+ year old university offers a lot of modern options for degree seekers including accelerated programs, distance learning, double major, dual enrollment, independent study, internships, study abroad, learning communities, and service learning.

Pace has an outcome oriented environment that produces results. Among points of pride:

  • BusinessWeek ranked Pace among the top 50 colleges and universities in the U.S. in 2008 for graduates with the highest earning potential
  • U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” 2009 survey ranked Pace’s part-time MBA program 26th in the nation
  • U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks Pace’s Environmental Law Program 3rd in the nation
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked Pace’s family nurse practitioner program 9th in the nation.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Information Summary

Ranks 84th in New York and 803rd overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 82.9
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $66,499
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 27 / 1220
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 21 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 79% / 78%
Enrollment Total (all students) 13,326


To apply for admission to Pace University, students must complete the Pace application or the Common Application, both of which can be submitted online or via mail. Applicants must also submit two letters of recommendation from a faculty member or counselor who can speak of the student’s accomplishments or academic potential and personal characteristics. A personal statement of 500-700 words is also required on a topic of the student’s choice. Suggested topics include a personal, local, or national issue; autobiographical information; or a creative piece.

Applicants must submit a high school transcript or proof of GED, along with official ACT and SAT scores (unless out of school for more than two years). Very important factors in admissions include rigor of secondary school and test scores; important factors are class rank and GPA; other factors considered include essay, recommendations, alumni/ae relation, character and personal qualities, activities, volunteer work, talent, and work experience.

The average high school GPA of students accepted to Pace is 3.2 and about 70 percent of Pace students are from public high schools.

There are a number of admissions events held for different degrees and fields. Check the Pace website for dates and times.

Once you are accepted, visit out the accepted students’ blog for more information and to get acquainted with the campus at


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Financial Aid

Applicants may be eligible for financial aid at Pace University. Types of aid available for students include need-based scholarships and grants, federal Pell grants, SEOG, state scholarships and grants, private scholarships, school scholarships, federal nursing scholarships, endowed and restricted scholarships and grants, plus a variety of loans and work study opportunities.

Pace Unviersity states that the amount of aid offered to new undergraduates is $16,000+ and that 97 percent of first year students receive some type of aid. Merit-based aid (based on test scores, GPA, activities, and other factors) distributed by Pace University usually ranges from $4000 to more than $18,000.

To get started, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

There are also many unique scholarships available for international students, as well as financial aid for extenuating financial circumstances.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1597th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in New York.


Students have a choice of nearly 80 organizations on campus, including fraternities, sororities, religious organizations, choral groups, drama, dance theater, literary magazine, musical theater, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, television station, yearbook, international student organization.

Get the inside scoop on student life by reading the student blogs, written by more than 17 bloggers talking about campus life, trips abroad, budgeting time, and new experiences.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The following sports are offered by the university:

  • Men’s NCAA Division I, Men’s Intercollegiate and Men’s Scholarship Baseball
  • Men’s NCAA Division II, Women’s NCAA Division II, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural, Women’s Intramural, Men’s Scholarship and Women’s Scholarship Basketball
  • Men’s NCAA Division II, Women’s NCAA Division II, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Scholarship and Women’s Scholarship Cross_country
  • Men’s NCAA Division II, Men’s Intercollegiate and Men’s Intramural Football
  • Men’s NCAA Division II, Women’s NCAA Division II, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Scholarship and Women’s Scholarship Golf
  • Women’s NCAA Division II, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural, Women’s Intramural, Men’s Club and Women’s Scholarship Soccer
  • Women’s NCAA Division II, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural, Women’s Intramural and Women’s Scholarship Softball
  • Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Scholarship and Women’s Scholarship Track_and_field
  • Men’s NCAA Division II and Women’s NCAA Division II Track_outdoor
  • Women’s NCAA Division II, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural, Women’s Intramural, Men’s Club and Women’s Scholarship Volleyball
The Setters are a member of NCAA.

Additional School Information

Pace University—New York has two campuses; one in lower Mahattan, and the other in Westchester County. The New York City campus is near the dynamic civic and financial center of the city and serves as a cultural and intellectual focal point in that area of the city. The Weschester County campus, on the other hand, is set on 200 acres of countryside. Although the two campuses couldn’t be more different, they share the same mission and vision and traditions of Pace University. A shutttle bus connects all of the university campuses.

Pace University has been named one of the 50 safest campuses, according to the Daily Beast.

Pace hosts Bravo’s Inside the Actor’s Studio series, with James Lipton, and also offers the well-known Actor’s Studio Masters in Fine Arts program.


  • Complete Book of Colleges, New York: Random House, Inc., 2010. Print.
  • Pace University. Web. May 28, 2011

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