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Undergraduate Admission

Below you will find information and advice regarding our undergraduate admission process for first-year 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 Now 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 essay/personal statement, approximately 250-650 words in length, which will assist the Admission Committee in reviewing your application. The essay/personal statement you submit must consist solely of your own origin work. You may write on a subject of your choice or one of the following subjects:
    • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? 
    • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
    • Describe a problem you have solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
    • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
  • ​​​Transcripts and Test Scores:  First-year 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. To request SAT/ACT scores, use the codes below. We will also accept SAT/ACT scores sent by your high school counselor on the official high school transcript. Applicants who have been out of school two or more years are not required to submit test scores.
    • High school students who wish to apply for the AA in General Arts & Sciences degree are not required to submit SAT or ACT test scores. Learn more about the test-optional policy.
    • Please note: Pace University participates in several electronic transcripts networks: Credentials, Parchment Exchange, National Student Clearing House, and eSCRIP-SAFE. Whenever possible, Pace prefers to receive transcripts electronically. Confirm with the prior institution to determine if they participate in any of these networks. If a send-to e-mail address is required, please use  
    • Test Codes: SAT (NYC - 2635; Westchester - 2685); ACT (NYC - 2852; Westchester - 2855)

  • Optional Scholarship Consideration: Applicants for the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Community Service Scholarship need to submit an essay or list of activites discussing/listing 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 students.

  • Apply for fall admission by January 15th and if eligible, schedule your callback audition or interview 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 Admission. Visit the School of Performing Arts web site for more details.

Please 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 2016. 

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 applications is February 15th. Admission to the program is competitive. Clinical courses begin fall semester only. View a complete list of Admission deadlines.

Pforzheimer Honors College

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 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.

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.