Application Process

Below you will find information and advice regarding our undergraduate admission process for first-year and transfer students. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact our Office of Admission.

Are you an international student? If so, please skip to the International Application Procedures for instructions. An International Student is defined as any student studying at Pace University who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident.

All of your application's supporting documents should be sent to:
Pace University
Application Processing Center
861 Bedford Rd
Pleasantville, NY 10570-2799

Required Documents for All Applicants

  • Application & Fee: A completed application and $50 nonrefundable application fee. Pace offers online and print application options, which vary by student type. To get started, please visit our Apply Today web page and select an application based upon your student type. Please be sure to include your name on any check or money order sent.
     
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from a teacher or counselor who knows you well and can attest to your academic potential and personal characteristics. Letter for Recommendation forms can be found on our Forms & Brochures web page.
     
  • Written essay/personal statement: One personal statement (essay), approximately 250-650 words in length. You may write on a subject of your choice or on one of the following subjects:
  • A discussion of a personal, local, or national issue;
  • An autobiographical account; or
  • A representative sample of your creative ability.
  • ​​​Transcripts and Test Scores:  First-year and transfer students with fewer than 32 completed credits must submit the following (in addition to the documents listed above):
  • An official high school transcript (with first semester senior grades, if available) or GED diploma and test scores.
  • Official SAT or ACT test scores. Applicants who have been out of school two or more years are not required to submit test scores.
  • Transfer Students Only: All transfer students must submit the following (in addition to the required documents for all applicants listed above):
  • Official college transcript from all postsecondary schools attended.
  • If you are transferring into the Lienhard Nursing program there are specific requirements, including taking the Evolve Reach Admissions Assessment (A2) examination. Please refer to the Lienhard Transfer FAQ page for additional information.
  • Optional Scholarship Consideration: Applicants for the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Community Service Scholarship need to submit an essay discussing participation and leadership roles in a community service activity. 

College Coursework Completed in High School

Applicants who completed AP, IB , or other college-level coursework while attending high school may be eligible for transfer credit. For evaluation of credits, forward official college transcripts and/or test score reports to the Undergraduate Admission Office. You may gain advanced standing at Pace through the CEEB AP Examinations. In general, if you score a 4 or higher on an AP examination, you are granted college credit. The AP Computer Science test requires a score of 3 or better to receive college credit. For a full list of Pace's AP Test score requirements, visit the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences's AP Exam Equivalencies page

Program Specific Admission Information

School of Performing Arts (NYC Campus Only)

Please note that the fall application deadline for this program is January 15th for first-year and transfer students.

  • Apply for fall admission by January 15th, and schedule your audition by February 15th. Academic admission to Pace University is separate from the audition and interview process for the School of Performing Arts. An application for admission must be on file prior to beginning the audition process.
  • Auditions and/or interviews are required for entrance to the School of Performing Arts. Information about auditions will be sent to each applicant upon receipt of application. Students will be notified on or before March 31 regarding audition results, provided the student has been admitted based on academic review by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Visit the School of Performing Arts web site for more details.

*NOTE: Pace Performing Arts auditions and interviews students for fall term entrance only. The next round of auditions and interviews will take place from December through March for Fall 2014. 

Four-Year BS in Nursing Program (Westchester Campus Only)

The four year BS in Nursing Program is offered only on the Westchester Campus in Pleasantville. Deadline for first-year and transfer applications is February 15th. Admission to the program is competitive. View a complete list of Admission deadlines.

To be considered for the nursing program, transfer students must take the Evolve Reach Admissions Assessment (A2) Exam. Please refer to the Lienhard School of Nursing FAQs for testing details.

Pforzheimer Honors College (Fall Admission: First-Year Students Only)

The Pforzheimer Honors College is a community of high-achieving undergraduate scholars studying under the distinguished faculty of a great university. The Honors College is open to all majors within the university. Entering first-year students who meet eligibility criteria will be invited to join the Honors College upon review of completed application for admission.

Challenge to Achievement at Pace (CAP) (Fall Admission: First-Year Students Only)

The CAP program is a one-year program designed to help first-year students meet the academic demands of a college education and is geared toward applicants whose potential is not fully reflected in their academic profile. Entering first-year students must apply to the University and then be invited to join by the CAP Admission Committee. Learn more about the CAP program.

Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Community Service Scholarship

Applicants for the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Community Service Scholarship must submit (in addition to the applicant list above) a separate essay/or list of activities discussing/listing participation and leadership roles on community service.

Admission Decision Notification

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. Academic achievement is the primary factor for admission to Pace, but qualities such as motivation, creativity, and community involvement are also considered in evaluating the applicant.

Pace University allows a rolling decision notification plan and the Admission Committee makes every effort to notify students with a decision in a timely fashion. Early Action applicants will be notified in early January. Incomplete Early Action applications will be reviewed for regular decision. 

Merit scholarship notification will be included with the admission decision.

Deferred Admission

In some cases an accepted student may defer his or her enrollment for one or two semesters, provided the request is approved by the Director of Admission. (A student who is not granted a deferral or attends another college prior to enrolling at Pace must file a new application for admission).

Requests for deferred admission should be made in writing to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. A student who is granted approval to defer his or her admission will be reconsidered for academic scholarship, housing, and financial aid prior to enrolling at Pace University.

Students who request a deferral will be notified in writing by the Director of Admission.