Applicants for admission to Pace University are considered in terms of past achievement and future promise. The Admission Committee considers the record of each applicant individually; Pace University does not have a “cut-off” GPA or test score for applicants. All applications receive a thorough review by the Committee on Admissions, regardless of GPA or test scores. Academic achievement is the primary factor for admission to Pace, but such qualities as motivation, creativity, and community involvement are also considered during the evaluation.


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Pace University recognizes that students give serious consideration to the admission process and that they are anxious to receive a decision on their application within a reasonable period of time.  The application deadline for freshman applicants is March 1.  For full scholarship consideration, all freshman applicants should have a completed application filed prior to the end of February. Admission counselors make every effort to notify students of a decision in a timely fashion. New students may begin their studies in September or January.

For the fall semester only, Pace offers a Priority Admission Plan. The application deadline for students wishing to enter Pace University in September is March 1. Completed applications for the spring semester are evaluated as they are received, but no earlier than September.

Freshman Applicants – The following information must be submitted for a student to be considered for admission:

  • an application for admission and a nonrefundable application fee of $55.00
  • an official high school transcript or equivalency certification (GED) and scores (photocopies are not accepted)
  • SAT I or ACT scores
  • 2 recommendations from a high school counselor and/or teacher
  • a personal statement or essay

Please note: Students applying for financial aid must follow the financial aid deadline dates. A financial aid award will be made only after the applicant is accepted. (Please consult the Financial Aid section of this catalog.)

Transfer Applicants – The following information must be submitted for a student to be considered for admission:

  • an application for admission and a nonrefundable application fee of $45.00 55.00
  • official transcript(s) from all previous colleges, universities, and/or proprietary schools attended
  • an official high school transcript certifying graduation or equivalency certification (GED) and scores (photocopies are not accepted).

Please note: If the applicant has earned an associate degree from an accredited institution, a high school transcript is not needed.

An applicant must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended even if he or she does not apply for transfer credit. All OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS must be sent directly from the institution issuing them to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Transcripts brought or sent by the applicant are not considered official transcripts. (Submission of false records or omission of previous college, university and/or proprietary school attendance may result in denial of admission, reversal of admission decision, and/or denial of transfer credit.) Students who have attended a college or university outside of the United States should refer to the International Student Application section of this catalog.

Copies of the course catalogs from all colleges or universities previously attended should be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. The catalog should include a description of all courses the applicant has taken.
In order to complete the evaluation of credits and registration, all credentials should be received by the Office of Undergraduate Admission at least six weeks prior to the date of enrollment. Courses with grades of C or better are considered for transfer credit. Grades of C- or lower are not transferable.

A student may, at the discretion of the University, be permitted to transfer credits earned from one program of study at Pace to another if the credits are applicable to the new program.

Adult Applicants – A large number of adult students enroll at the University. Their concerns are different from those of traditional age students. For this reason, all adult students  should make an appointment with an admission professional in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Here, adult students will find professional guidance for academic matters that will help in their college careers. It is not necessary for adult students to submit SAT I or ACT scores.

Credits earned as a nondegree student may be applied toward the requirements of a degree program, according to the regulations set forth by the Office of Admission.

Lienhard School of Nursing Applicants – Prior to assignment to the first clinical experience, Lienhard School of Nursing students must be certified in Professional Providers CPR and submit a satisfactory medical certification, including physical examination, chest x-ray, and required immunization.

Candidates for the nursing program should consult the Lienhard School of Nursing section in this catalog for specific admission requirements.

Admission Interview – Interviews for admission to the University are strongly recommended. Applicants are encouraged to visit the campus to have the opportunity to meet with members of the faculty, student body, and the administration, to discuss the programs of study and student life. To make an appointment for an interview on campus or with an alumnus/na, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission. The office is open for interviews from 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Open Houses and information sessions are planned for the convenience of students. Call the Office of Undergraduate Admission for additional information.

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High School Diploma Recipients

Candidates for admission to the freshman class should have a minimum of 16 academic units including four years of English, three to four years of history/social science, three to four years of college preparatory mathematics, two years of lab science, two years of a foreign language, and two to three academic electives.

Students participating in an experimental secondary school curriculum should not hesitate to apply and should forward a high school profile along with their transcript. Students applying for a major in the Lubin School of Business and/or the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems must complete a minimum of three units of college preparatory mathematics.

High School Equivalency Diploma Recipient –Candidates for admission who hold a recognized high school equivalency diploma (GED) should have a minimum total score of at least 3,000, with a minimum score of 410 on each individual part of the test. An applicant who has taken the GED scoring less than  3,000 is eligible for admission as a nondegree student. The applicant must submit official test scores and a diploma (photocopies are not accepted) to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Note: Pace does not offer preparation courses for the GED examinations.

Placement Examinations – Some freshmen may be required to take placement examinations to determine their first-year programming. Details will be sent beginning in May after acceptance to the University. Upon review of Freshmen Placement Exam results, each student admitted to the University creates a schedule for his or her selected degree program in consultation with an academic adviser.  Generally, students will be assigned a standard course load of 12–16 credits per semester for their first year depending on the results of the placement test. Some students are admitted to a reduced program and are advised to enroll in a program of 12–13 credits for their first year if academic record and placement test results indicate the need for a gradual adjustment to the rigors of college-level work.

Students are bound by the degree requirements specified in the current catalog at the time of matriculation.

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Transfer candidates must submit their high school records and college transcripts (even if transfer credit is not requested) with their application. Submission of false records or omission of previous college, university, and/or proprietary school attendance may result in denial of admission, reversal of admission decision, and/or denial of transfer credit.

Transfer credit is evaluated according to the following policy:

Grade Requirements – Transfer credit may be received only for courses taken at other institutions in which a grade of C or better was earned (C– grades are not transferable).

Major Program – Fifty (50) percent of the student’s major program must be completed at Pace University. A major program is defined as those courses directly related to the student’s primary course of study (e.g., accounting, marketing, history, mathematics, computer science, etc.). For students in the Lubin School of Business, the business core requirement is considered part of the major program.

Degree Program – The number of transferable credits is limited by the degree program to which the credits will be applied.

Bachelor’s Degree – A maximum of 96 credits may be transferred to a bachelor’s degree program from accredited four-year institutions (see below for limitations on transfer from two-year colleges). Specific credits are awarded dependent upon the program in which the student registers.

Transfer from Two-Year Colleges – A maximum of 68 credits may be transferred from accredited two-year institutions toward a bachelor’s degree program. Credit will be granted only for equivalent lower-division and some upper-level courses offered at Pace as determined by the appropriate academic department.

Placement Test for Transfer Students – Some new students admitted to the Lienhard School of Nursing and the Physician Assistant Program are required to take a placement test prior to registration. Specific information will be sent to students after acceptance.

Course Equivalency – Courses transferred must be applicable and comparable to corresponding courses in which the student is, or will be, enrolled at Pace University. In cases where the student’s program at Pace provides for electives, the student may receive elective credit toward the degree requirement for those courses taken at another institution that are not offered at Pace.

Sources of Transfer Credit:

  • Institutions accredited by a regional affiliate of the Commission on Higher Education (e.g., The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools);
  • Institutions that have entered into transfer credit articulation agreements with Pace University;
  • Other institutions, with the approval of the appropriate chairpersons and dean;
  • Results of acceptable performance on standardized proficiency examinations.

Where a standardized proficiency examination is not available, a Pace departmental Challenge Proficiency Examination may be administered. The cost of each examination is one credit of tuition for each course challenged.

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An international student is defined by Pace as any student who enters the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa, including a student, exchange student, diplomatic, or dependent visa, to study at the University.

Application Procedures
International students are required to complete the Application for Admission for Undergraduate International Students. The application is to be returned to the Pace University Application Processing Center with a $55.00 nonrefundable fee.
Although there is no application deadline, the Office Undergraduate Admission recommends that all applications be submitted prior to July 15 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester.

In support of the application for admission, the following information is required by the Office of Undergraduate Admission before a final admission decision can be made:

  • Official academic records (transcripts), diplomas, and final examination scores from all secondary (high school) and post secondary (college, university) institutions. Photocopies and notarized copies of academic records (transcripts) are not considered official and will not be accepted.
  • Academic records (transcripts) issued in a language other than English are required to be translated and attested by the institution of origin or an approved evaluation/translation agency accepted by Pace University.
  • Transfer applicants should also submit an official catalog or syllabus of course work from each post secondary institution attended to receive transfer credit.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit the results of the Test of English as a  Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Official test scores must be sent directly to Pace University. Photocopies or notarized copies of TOEFL or IELTS scores are not accepted.
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, academic counselor, or individual who knows the applicant well and can describe her or his academic potential and personal characteristics
  • A personal statement or essay on a topic of their choice.

Student and Exchange Student Visas
To receive an entry visa for study in the U.S., an international student must demonstrate that he or she has sufficient funds available to pay for tuition, room and board, and all living expenses for his or her studies at Pace University for a minimum of one year.

In order to obtain the necessary documentation from Pace University (to apply for either a student [F-1] or exchange student [J-1] visa), all international students must submit a Confidential Statement for Financing of Studies at Pace University/Affidavit of Financial Support. All monies pledged in support of the student’s studies must be verified. Monies can be verified in one or more of the following ways:

  • A bank letter on bank letterhead in English, which contains your name or your sponsor’s name, an account number, the amount of money in U.S. dollars, and the signature of a bank official;
  • Letter of support from sponsoring scholarship, fellowship, loan, or granting institution.

Please note that Pace University provides limited financial assistance to international students.

Enrollment and Registration – After a student has been notified of her or his acceptance, a $100 nonrefundable deposit will be if she or he chooses to live off campus. For students planning to live in university-sponsored housing, a nonrefundable $600 tuition and housing deposit will be required. Specific information will be sent by the Director of Admission at the time of admission regarding the deposit deadline. All new international students are required to complete the University’s placement examination upon arrival on campus and prior to registration. Students having limited English skills may be required to enroll in intensive noncredit English classes prior to their enrollment in academic courses. Noncredit intensive English courses will entail additional expense and extend the time normally required to complete the student’s degree.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program – Pace University recognizes the demanding course of study involved with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) and views IB coursework as a strong indicator of academic promise and achievement.

At Pace University, credit or advanced standing may be awarded for higher level (HL) examinations with scores of 4, 5, 6, or 7. Credit and advanced standing is determined on a course-by-course basis.

For more detailed information, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Additional information regarding the International Baccalaureate can be obtained from your guidance counselor or the IB North America Regional Office in New York:

Telephone: (212) 696-4464
Fax: (212) 889-9242

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Early Action (fall admission only) – Pace subscribes to the College Entrance Examination Board’s first choice Early Action Plan. Under this plan, candidates must apply before December 1. They will receive notification from the University by January 1. Any applicant who is not accepted under the Early Action Plan will be reviewed, without bias, under the regular admission program.

Deferred Admission – Pace offers deferred admission to students who wish to take time off before beginning full-time studies. Once accepted, such students may be granted a one-year deferment and are assured a place in the following year’s class provided they do not attend another institution during the deferment period. Requests for deferred admission should be made in writing to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

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Nondegree students, (nonmatriculated students), are admitted, advised, and registered by the Office of Adult and Continuing Education.  Students are considered for admission for nondegree status on an individual basis. Nondegree students may be admitted as follows: post-baccalaureate students; students enrolled for short-term study who are not taking courses toward a degree; students with no previous college study who have been out of high school for more than two years and do not have the required high school average for admission as a degree candidate. (Submission of false records or omission of previous college, university, and/or proprietary school attendance may result in denial of admission, reversal of admission decision, and/or denial of transfer credit.). Nondegree students attend classes on a part-time basis and can enroll in a maximum of 11 credits per semester. Non-degree students may matriculate in a degree by meeting requirements listed under the Procedures for Admission of Degree Students section of this catalog.

Visiting students who wish to take classes at Pace for the purpose of transferring the credits back to another university or college should enroll through the Office of Adult and Continuing Education. They must provide an official copy of their transcript and a letter of permission from their resident academic institution to ensure eligibility of transfer credits.

CEEB Advanced Placement Program – Pace University is a participant in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board, which encourages able and ambitious students to take college-level courses while attending secondary school. Students who achieve satisfactory scores on the Advanced Placement Tests of CEEB may request advanced placement.

For more detailed information, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Information concerning these tests can be obtained from your guidance counselor or by writing directly to:

Educational Testing Service
Box 592
Princeton, NJ 08540 
- or -  Educational Testing Service
Box 1025
Berkeley, CA 94701 




Credit may be awarded for results obtained through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the New York State College Proficiency Exam Program (CPEP) provided that the courses are applicable to the degree program chosen and a satisfactory score has been achieved.

CLEP General Examinations – Students must attain at least a minimum score of 50 to receive credit from the general examination.

CLEP Subject Examinations – The standard score required for credit must be equivalent to a C grade (based on the most recent college board norming data). The number of credits awarded is based upon the recommendations of the Co