Application/ TOEFL Requirements

Congratulations on your decision to apply to Pace University!

Below you will find information and advice regarding our undergraduate admission process for international students. 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. International students must complete the same application for admission as domestic applications. There are, however, additional forms and information required from international students in order to be considered for study at Pace University. 
 
All of your application's supporting documents must be sent directly to:
Pace University
Application Processing Center
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570
Or faxed to: (914) 773-3851

Required Documents:

  • 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.
     
  • Identification: Send a photocopy or fax of your valid passport/national identity card displaying your photo and name.
     
  • 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 of Recommendation forms can be found on our Forms & Brochures web page.
     
  • A written essay/personal statement: A personal statement, approximately 500-700 words in length. You may submit an essay on a subject of your choice or on one of the following subjects:
1. A discussion of a personal, local, or national issue;
2. An autobiographical account; or
3. A representative sample of your creative ability.
  • Course descriptions or syllabus (in English) from each post-secondary school attended (transfer applicants only).
     
  • Official test scores and other educational materials must be sent directly from the testing authority or institution.
     
  • Official transcripts, diplomas, and leaving examination scores from secondary and post-secondary schools (in English). Transcripts are considered official only if they are sent directly to:
1. Pace University from the education institution of origin OR
2. Sent from any NACES accredited translation evaluator (preferred)-www.naces.org OR
3. The student's Ministry of Education OR
4. A U.S. consular officer OR
5. An EducationUSA adviser-www.educationusa.state.gov
PLEASE NOTE: Photocopies, facsimiles, and notarized copies of academic records are not considered to be official and will not be accepted. Academic records issued in a language other than English are required to be translated and attested to be the institution of origin by a Pace-approved translation agency accredited through NACES (www.naces.org).

TOEFL Requirements

Students who will or have graduated from a high school in a country where English is not the official language and for whom English is not their first language must present proof of English proficiency by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),  the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson PTE academic that are no more than two years old.  
 
In general, a minimum TOEFL score of 570 (paper-based version), 230 (computer-based version), or 88/89 (Internet-based version), a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or a Pearson PTE academic score of 60 is sufficient to demonstrate the required proficiency in English for admission directly into Pace University programs.
 
The TOEFL codes for Pace University are as follows:
 
New York City Campus: 2635
Westchester Campus: 2685
 
If your TOEFL or IELTS scores are below the minimums stated above or Admission determines that you need additional English language preparation to be a fully matriculated student, you could be a candidate for the Pace University Global Pathways program. Once you submit an application, the Admission Committee will advise you about being admitted into this program. 
 
You may also provide proof of English proficiency by submitting one of the following:
1. Proof of Citizenship and secondary school graduation from a country where English is the Official language, i.e. Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, United Kingdom, Ireland, Antigua, Scotland, St. Lucia, Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad/Tobago, Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Belize, Anguilla, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda
2. ACT/SAT scores. Although not mandatory, international students may submit an SAT/ACT score in lieu of a TOEFL/IELTS score. (Although not a rule, generally a 500 or better on the Critical Reading section would warrant a waiver and suffice English proficiency). Submission of SAT/ACT scores may also make international applicants eligible for merit scholarships
3.  IB students may submit ENGLISH A1/A2 or B1/B2 results with a score of 4 or better. Students with Higher Level (HL) courses will be awarded college credit as well
4. AP English exam with a score of 4 or better
5. A college level English composition course from an accredited institution in the US with a C or better
6. Successfully complete the Pre-Undergraduate program through Pace's English Language Institute

 

Additional Information

All accepted students are required to take University Placement Exams prior to registration. Students may be restricted to intensive English course work for at least one semester, which may extend the length of time and cost of completing a degree.
 
The Admission Committee may require additional testing if there are concerns about your ability to read, write, and speak English sufficiently to meet the demands of your intended curriculum, based on the materials you submitted as part of your application or on written or verbal communications with you after you submitted your application.
 

University Coursework Completed in High School

Applicants who completed AP, IB , or other university-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. In general, AP scores of 4 or better are awarded credit at Pace. The computer science, environmental science, and physics departments grant credit for a score of 3 or better.

I-20 & Visa Process

To receive a form I-20 from Pace University for obtaining a student (F-I) visa, the applicant must demonstrate that he or she has sufficient funds available to pay for tuition and living expenses for at least one year of study in the U.S. Students must provide evidence of additional financial support of $10,000 per year for a spouse and/or child who accompanies them to the U.S.
 
Applicants who will require a student (F-I) visa must submit the Financial Affidavit. 
All monies pledged on the Pace University Financial Affidavit for International Students Form must be verified by one or more of the following:
  • Bank statements for the last six months showing regular deposits, owner's name, and current balance greater than the amount listed on the Financial Affidavit
  • A letter from a bank on bank letterhead indicating the date, account number, account holder’s name, and amount on deposit in U.S. dollars. The letter must include the signature of a bank official. Bank statements are also accepted
  • Proof of government or employer sponsorship
  • A letter of support from a sponsoring scholarship program, fellowship program, or grant organization
If you are currently in the United States on an F-1 student visa, please provide the Transfer Recommendation Form completed by you and your international student adviser.
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.

Program Specific Admission Information

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.

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. 

 

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.

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 International 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 International Admission at intladm@pace.edu. 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 International Admission.