Academic and Cocurricular Services

 

THE CENTER FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE (CAE)


The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) provides student-centered programs that encourage and enable new Pace students to become active participants in the university community and continuing students to realize their full academic potential.  Through advisement, academic support, tutoring, and college transition programs, the CAE helps all students to prepare, achieve, and excel.  The CAE also fosters overall student development by offering opportunities for Pace students to become leaders on campus. In addition, the CAE coordinates placement testing and pre-registration for all incoming students and assists with their advisement.

For additional information contact the Center for Academic Excellence:

  • New York City, 41 Park Row, 2nd floor, (212) 346-1386
  • Pleasantville, Mortola Library, Mezzanine Level,   (914) 773-3434

Specific programs and services included within the Center are described below.

 

THE OFFICE OF FIRST YEAR PROGRAMS


The Office of First Year Programs assists all newly enrolled first-year students to make a successful transition to university life and coordinates advisement for all students in their first year of college. The Office of First Year Programs also:

  • Coordinates UNV 101, the required first semester seminar for all first-year students.
  • Manages the Comprehensive Freshman Advising Program (CFAP), an integrated advising program linked to UNV 101
  • Helps students make a successful social transition to college.
  • Provides opportunities for students to excel as peer leaders.
     

ACADEMIC RESOURCES


Academic Resources provides individual academic advising for students who are exploring options for majors, double majors, minors, or combined degree programs and for students who seek guidance on changing a major.  It is also a place where all Pace students may find information about University requirements, majors and minors, and it offers programs to enhance academic exploration.  Through the course, INT 197H, "Exploring Majors and Careers", students engage in issues related to academic planning goal setting and career orientation.
Among its many services, Academic Resources:

  • Provides opportunities for academic exploration, decision making, and planning.
  • Assists students in charting paths to major selection and graduation.
  • Directs students to the appropriate academic support.
  • Connects students to academic advisers within the appropriate college or school.
     

CHALLENGE TO ACHIEVEMENT AT PACE (CAP)


The Challenge to Achievement at Pace (CAP) program is a first-year academic support program designed to assist students who may not meet admission criteria but who show academic potential. Students newly enrolled in the CAP program are assigned full-time academic advisers who provide academic, personal, and career-related support and also instruct students in UNV 101. The CAP program:

  • Provides small classes that allow students to develop a close working relationship with their professors.
  • Works closely with faculty to ensure that students receive academic support and personal guidance.
  • Provides support in all subject areas through workshops, seminars, and tutoring.
  • Provides leadership opportunities to students qualified to become peer leaders.

In order to complete the CAP program and continue at the University, students must achieve a 2.0 CQPA (cumulative average), complete 24 credits, earn a grade of “C” or better in ENG120, and complete UNV 101. In addition, students must satisfy specific matriculation requirements for their intended majors.

 

THE TUTORING CENTER


The Tutoring Center supports student success by offering free tutoring in a range of courses in business, mathematics, the sciences, and the social sciences as well as peer counseling in academic success strategies.  Individual tutoring sessions, online tutoring, and special discussion groups connected to specific courses are designed to encourage independent learning.  Students are encouraged to visit the Tutoring Center to make use of the following services:

Subject Tutoring

Math Lab

  • Provides tutoring support for mathematics courses
  • Helps students use mathematical concepts in applications for business, science, economics and other courses
  • Encourages students to develop their mathematical reasoning skills

Accounting Lab (New York City only)

  • Provides tutoring support in foundation and upper-division accounting courses
  • Helps students develop effective study strategies
  • Prepares students for course exams

General Tutoring
Provides tutoring in various courses, including CIS 101, economics, finance, nursing, the sciences, and foreign languages (NYC); students should check the tutoring center on their respective campuses for availability in specific courses. Tutoring for courses not listed will be offered, when possible, as demand dictates.

Special Discussion Groups
In small groups, students meet weekly with a peer leader to discuss lecture and course readings. In doing so, students acquire the analytical and study strategies necessary for success in the discipline.  These meetings are in addition to the regularly scheduled classes with the professor.  Discussion groups:

  • Enhance and support selected courses.
  • Help students develop mastery in the course.

The Tutoring Center is open to all students, as well as the entire Pace community, but students are expected to act in a reasonable manner and not interfere with others’ productive use of the Center. The Center reserves the right to prohibit access, on a temporary or permanent basis, to any student whose behavior unreasonably disrupts the operation of the Center, or violates the Guiding Principles of Conduct outlined in the Student Handbook. Such behavior will be reported to the Dean for Students, who may take action consistent with the Disciplinary Process outlined in the Student Handbook.

 

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION AND CAREER SERVICES

In order to assist Pace students in understanding today’s complex career choices, Co-op and Career Services provides a variety of career development and placement activities for students in all disciplines.
 

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION/INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Pace University’s Cooperative Education Program is one of the nation’s leading internship and the largest in the New York metropolitan area among four-year colleges, with more than 900 placements each year and with more than 475 participating employers.

The Cooperative Education Program enables students to combine academic study with paid and non-paid internships that directly relate to career interests while they pursue their degrees. Students in all majors can explore careers through hands-on experience in a variety of settings from government and nonprofit organizations to Fortune 500 companies. Positions are available part-time during the school year and full-time or part-time during the summer.

The Benefits of a Cooperative Education Internship

  • Students integrate classroom learning with actual on-the-job experiences while working in pre-professional study-related internships.
  • Students earn excellent salaries in Pace Cooperative Education positions averaging $13.67 per hour.
  • Students learn resume writing, interviewing, and job search skills.
  • Students learn professional business practices and etiquette.
  • Students develop maturity, professionalism, and self-confidence.
  • Students can explore interests and career goals, build a competitive resume and develop valuable professional networking contacts.
  • Co-op improves opportunities for post-graduation employment. Over 40% of all graduating Pace Co-op students receive full-time job offers from their Co-op employers.
  • All Co-op students are at an advantage by graduating with career-related work experience.

The Co-op Process

  • Co-op information sessions are held each semester to learn about the Co-op program from both student and employer perspectives.
  • Students register and meet with a Co-op counselor to discuss the Co-op process.
  • Students must attend workshops in resume writing and interviewing skills to prepare for a Co-op position.
  • Once students attend the various workshops, they are able to refer themselves online for Co-op positions.
  • Once they have accepted a Co-op position, they will be asked to evaluate their experience and their supervisors will evaluate their performance.
  • Students also have the opportunity to seek a more advanced Co-op position or one in another field or work environment.

Eligibility

  • To be eligible for a Co-op internship, students must be fully matriculated in a bachelor degree program, maintain a grade point average of 2.5, and have successfully completed freshman year.
  • In addition to meeting these basic requirements, students must have the necessary qualifications to meet the criteria established by each participating employer. Cooperative education positions are competitive.
  • Students receive transcript notation upon successful completion of their Co-op positions.

 

CAREER SERVICES


Career Counseling—Counselors help students choose a major and clarify career goals through assessment of interests, skills, and values. Students are also assisted with resume preparation, mock interviews, and job search strategies through individual counseling and workshops.

Career Assessment—Online career assessment tools and inventories are available to help students make informed career decisions.

Career Panels/Seminars—During the academic year, successful alumni and other professionals come to campus to discuss career paths in a wide variety of fields. Panelists describe their careers, current trends, and offer suggestions in preparation for the competitive job market. Lunch’n Learn Seminars are frequent and Mock Interview Day is held each semester to allow students to practice with a professional recruiter.

Career Fairs—Each year representatives from more than 200 companies in a variety of industries visit our campuses for several career fairs to provide job information and employment opportunities for students and alumni.

Career Advisory Network—Pace alumni from various occupations volunteer to advise students on career information and assist them in making valuable contacts in a field of interest.

Campus Recruiting Program—Graduating students may interview for a variety of full-time positions with corporations, banks, accounting firms, insurance companies, retail stores, brokerage houses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies in the fall and spring semesters.

Job Postings— Professional full-time/part-time, and summer positions are posted online. Please note that a password is required.

The Resource Center—Books, directories, periodicals, newspapers, and corporate literature are available to students for research. Computers with Internet access are available for student use.

Credential Files—Confidential files containing letters of recommendation are maintained for students and forwarded to potential employers or graduate schools upon request.

Virtual Career Center— www.pace.edu/coopcs provides online access to hundreds of career and job search resources.

 

THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE


The English Language Institute (ELI) of Pace University offers English language instruction for non-native speakers at the New York City and Westchester campuses. The institute is dedicated to helping international students, visiting professionals, tourists and recent immigrants to improve their English skills for academic study, career advancement, or personal enrichment. ELI students receive Pace University ID cards and have access to facilities and services on all Pace campuses including the libraries, computer labs, recreational and sports facilities, theaters, cafeterias, and health clinics.

ELI courses are offered year round with seven entry dates: September, November, January, February, March, June, and July. There are two seven-week terms in the spring and fall, and a three-week winter term in January. In the summer there are two six-week terms. U.S. residents may choose to enroll full-time or part-time, but foreign visitors must enroll part-time (4 to 16 hours per week). Students holding F-1 visas must enroll full-time (at least 18 hours per week).

Courses
Noncredit courses are offered at elementary to advanced proficiency levels. All students are tested and placed in the appropriate level. Students select courses according to their goals and interests. At the lower levels, students take the Intensive English Courses in grammar, writing, reading, speaking and listening. Grammar and vocabulary are taught in context in all courses, and class discussion is strongly encouraged. Writing classes include instruction and practice in word-processing.

At the advanced level, students may choose between three tracks: the Intensive English Program, the Pre-Undergraduate Program, or the Pre-Graduate Program. The Intensive English Program is for students who are studying English for general purposes. It emphasizes American culture and uses materials from a wide variety of sources including the popular media.
The Pre-Undergraduate Program and the Pre-Graduate Program are designed for students who plan to apply to degree programs at Pace or another American university. The curriculum is content-based, emphasizing the language and skills needed to succeed in an American university and using primarily academic materials. Students increase their fluency in English by studying various academic topics using authentic reading material (textbook chapters, essays and literature) and videotaped lectures. They learn research skills, write academic papers, practice note-taking, learn test-taking strategies, and make oral presentations. TOEFL and GMAT preparation courses (for non-native speakers) are also offered.

Advanced-level students may be allowed to take one or two undergraduate courses in addition to their ELI courses if they are academically qualified. These credits can be applied to a degree program if the student becomes matriculated.
ELI course sections are offered on a pass/fail basis. Grades are recorded in the University’s student records, and official transcripts can be obtained from Student Accounts and Registrar Services. Certificates of completion are available upon request.

Admission
The English Language Institute courses are open to any student who is at least 16 years old and who has completed secondary school. TOEFL scores are not required. The English Language Institute is authorized to issue the I-20 document for full-time, intensive English study (18 or more hours per week).

Admission to the English Language Institute does not constitute admission to Pace University. Each undergraduate and graduate degree program has its own admission requirements. However, academically qualified students who successfully complete the English Language Institute Pre-Undergraduate Program do not have to take the TOEFL test for admission to undergraduate degree programs at Pace University.   For more information, contact the Admission Offices.

Special Programs
The English Language Institute also designs special programs for high school students and other visiting groups who do not wish to enroll in the regularly scheduled classes. In addition, English for Professionals classes can be taught on-site or on campus. Short-term programs for foreign visitors can be designed to include on-campus housing and cultural activities. For applications and more information, contact the English Language Institute at (212) 346-1562 or eli@pace.edu, or visit www.pace.edu/eli.  For information about the English for Professionals Program, call (212) 346-1841, send an e-mail to engpro@pace.edu, or visit the website at www.pace.edu/efp.

 

PFORZHEIMER HONORS COLLEGE 


The Pforzheimer Honors College is designed to foster the development of outstanding students by enabling them to exercise greater responsibility and initiative in their academic work and by providing them with exceptional opportunities for growth—both inside and outside of the classroom. The Honors College gives its students the opportunity to participate in a scholarly community of students and professors. The Honors College is open to all Pace students, regardless of major.

Eligibility for membership is competitive and is based on a student’s prior academic achievements. Students selected for membership receive scholarships and complimentary laptop computers. Honors courses, taught by the top professors at Pace, are taken throughout all four undergraduate years. In the junior or senior year, an Independent Research project (fundable by an Honors College Research Grant) may be undertaken in which a student collaborates with a faculty mentor; the results of this research are presented at the annual Honors Independent Research Conference and may then be published in Pace University’s scholarly journal and online.

Honor students benefit from a variety of special activities and events on campus as well as trips that provide access to the New York City area’s museums and theaters. Additionally, Honors students have an Honors College Advisor, receive the Honors College newsletter, may use the Honors Study Room, may choose to live in the Honors dormitory, are paired with an upperclass Honors mentor, enjoy early registration, and much more.

Honors courses are noted on the student’s transcript, and an Honors certificate and medallion are awarded at graduation.

  • Pleasantville Campus, Mortola Library, third floor
    Director: Dr. Janetta Rebold Benton, (914) 773-3848, E-mail: jbenton@pace.edu
     
  • New York Campus, One Pace Plaza, Room W207
    Director: Dr. Christopher Malone, (212) 346-1146, E-mail: cmalone@pace.edu

 

OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES


The Office of International Programs and Services is available to assist international students during their initial transition to Pace and all students who wish to study overseas. The office acts as a resource center for students, faculty, and administrators by encouraging and supporting the enrollment of international students within Pace University, and providing advisement on study abroad opportunities to all Pace students. The office collaborates with faculty, and administrators to develop new programs in other countries and improve existing linkages and services. The staff is committed to international education and to working with the community to achieve the goal of internationalizing Pace.

International Students and Scholar Services
The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) supports the internationalization efforts of Pace University by serving as the primary resource center for international students, scholars, their dependents and the University community.  The Office promotes international and cross cultural communications and understanding.

The International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) is committed to providing quality services to international students, scholars and their dependents at Pace University.

The Office assists with matters of special concerns of the international population. The Office strives to educate and inform each international student and scholar through providing information prior to their arrival, conducting orientation programs, advising on visa and employment matters, legal rights and responsibilities, health insurance, adjustment issues and personal concerns, and coordinating a variety of programs and activities on campus. The International Students & Scholars Office is responsible for institutional compliance with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) regulations. For detailed information please visit the following website: www.pace.edu/international

Study Abroad
Pace University is committed to providing its students with a variety of overseas opportunities to travel and learn abroad.  The Study Abroad Office provides advising services and support to students considering study abroad. The staff provides information on program and country options, explains policies and procedures, reviews applications and student records, processes academic credit for study abroad, and provides orientation and resources for study abroad participants. The Study Abroad Office staff also works closely with faculty members on the development and administration of short-term travel courses, semester and summer study abroad programs, and various exchange and global partnerships. For more information on study abroad destinations, programs and options please visit: www.pace.edu/studyabroad