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Fall Orientation

We are excited that you will be joining our community for the Fall 2016 semester. We have designed an Orientation program that will prepare you to succeed at Pace University and acquaint you with your new environment. Current students who serve as Orientation Leaders will guide you through an experience that includes learning about campus resources, academic advisement, college life and expectations, receiving your class schedule, and meeting members of the campus community.

Below is all the Orientation and placement testing information you need to get started at Pace University.

Orientation Dates for Transfer Students are as follows

  • June 28
  • July 26
  • August 30

Check-in: Enter the front of One Pace Plaza at 9:00 a.m. on the day of Orientation

Signing up for Orientation and Placement Testing Information

1. The easiest way to sign-up for Orientation is through our online Orientation Registration System. You will also have an opportunity to indicate if any of your family members and guests plan to attend orientation with you.
2. Before entering the Orientation Registration System, please read the Placement Testing information below. 

In order to ensure that students transferring to Pace University begin their coursework at the appropriate level, we administer online placement tests in writing, math, and certain modern languages. If you are required to take a placement test, you will receive a letter from the Office of Undergraduate Admission. If you have any questions about Placement Testing, please contact the Center for Academic Excellence at 212-346-1386 (NYC Campus) or e-mail CAENY@pace.edu.

Online placement testing will open in the middle of May. All required placement tests should be taken at least one week prior to the Orientation session you are attending.

Writing Placement Test

Students who have not yet earned a "C" or better in a college composition course are required to take the online writing placement test one week prior to the Orientation session they are attending. The exam requires students to write one essay. Students will be placed according to their ability to develop and organize ideas, sustain an argument, and use correct spelling and grammar. Online placement testing will open in the middle of May. For more information and details, please visit our New York City writing placement exam.

Students who, at their previous institution, earned a grade of "C" or better in the equivalent first-semester college composition course are exempt from taking the writing placement test and will be placed into ENG 120, the second required composition course at Pace. Students who have earned a "C" or better for two semesters of college composition (the equivalent of ENG 110 and ENG 120) are also exempt from taking the writing placement test and will be required to complete ENG 201: Writing in the Disciplines.

If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Academic Excellence at 212-346-1386 (NYC Campus) or e-mail CAENY@pace.edu.

Mathematics Placement Test

Students who have not earned a "C" or better in college-level algebra or a more advanced math course are required to take the online math placement test one week prior to the Orientation session they are attending Questions on the exam range from word problems to trigonometry and pre-calculus. Online math placement testing will open in the middle of May.
 
A sample math placement test with problems and answers can be found at the Center for Academic Excellence Placement Testing
 
If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Academic Excellence at 212-346-1386 (NYC Campus) or e-mail CAENY@pace.edu.

Modern Languages Placement Test

Transfer students with two or more years of high school study in Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, or Italian who are NOT transferring in college credit for any of those languages and who wish to resume their study of the SAME language in the coming semester will need to take an online Modern Languages Placement Exam to ensure placement at the appropriate level. This is a short (about 15-20 minutes) online exam that scores immediately. The placement test should be taken one week prior to the Orientation session they are attending.

If you think that this will apply to you, or you would like additional information, please contact the Center for Academic Excellence at 212-346-1386 (NYC Campus) or e-mail CAENY@pace.edu.

Students who graduated from a high school where English is not the language of instruction are exempt from the modern language requirement.

Accommodated Placement Testing

If you have a disability that requires accommodations for placement tests, please contact the Counseling Center at 212-346-1526. A licensed professional counselor will need to provide the Counseling Center with documentation of your disability and a recommendation of what accommodations are needed. Counseling Services requires two weeks to evaluate your request. The information you provide and your records at the Counseling Center are confidential.

Contact/Questions

If you have any questions regarding Placement Testing or are having difficulty accessing the Orientation Registration System, please contact the Center for Academic Excellence at 212-346-1386 (NYC Campus) or e-mail CAENY@pace.edu.

Checklist prior to Orientation and the start of classes

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