Congratulate Admitted Students

The ASPIRE program is seeking volunteers to write “hand-written” notes of congratulations to newly admitted students.

Sending a personal note of congratulations regarding a prospective student's admittance to the university is a great way to welcome new students and add a personal touch to an important time in a student's senior year. For some admitted students, Pace University is their first choice, and they will be honored to receive a hand-written note from a member of the alumni. For others, they are still not sure which college they want to attend, and the special outreach from alumni can be particularly helpful to students and their families regarding the benefits of a Pace education. In both cases, the alumni's endorsement is important because it expresses a strong commitment to Pace and gives validation to the mission and values of the university.

How the Program Works

Once you sign-up to write congratulatory note cards, the university will send you a list of 10-25 student names and addresses and a supply of Pace University note cards and envelopes. Volunteers hand-write their congratulations, insert a personal business card (optional), and encourage the student to make contact if he or she would like to ask questions or share experiences. (To help defray the mailing costs to the University, participants are asked to contribute postage and to mail the cards.)

Sample Note Card Text:

“Dear Matthew,
On behalf of the alumni, I congratulate you on your acceptance to Pace University. We look forward to welcoming you on campus, but in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, and I will try to help you!
Alumni name Class of ___”


If you would like to participate or if you have any questions, email Dawn Knipe at Please indicate how many note cards you would like to write, what your major was while attending Pace University, and your zip code. We do our best to connect you to students with similar majors and/or who live in your neighborhood whenever possible.

In today’s fast paced world of electronic media, email blasts, and slick advertising, nothing feels quite as special as a friendly, hand-written note offering best wishes!