FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the tuition?
$30,632 per year for new students beginning in Fall 2008

What does housing cost?
The housing rates vary depending upon the style of residence a student chooses, however the average cost of room and board for the year is $11,180.

Who is eligible for financial aid?
Financial Aid is available to undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted and are enrolled in a matriculated program, enrolled for at least 6 credits, making satisfactory academic progress, and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). International students are not eligible for Federal or State aid.

What’s the average class size?
25 Students

What’s the student to faculty ratio?

Is the campus safe?
Pace University has a highly professional security staff on duty and visible 24 hours a day/7 days a week. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni must show identification to enter the premises, and all visitors must register at the security stations before entering. However, Pace University is located in a major metropolitan area, so community members are expected to follow safety guidelines and use discretion and common sense.

May I take classes at the New York City and the Pleasantville campus?
Yes, a student may take classes on each of the campuses if he or she chooses to do so, but it is never necessary. Scheduling should be considered carefully because of the 30 mile distance between the Manhattan and Pleasantville campus. It is not advised to take classes on each campus on the same day, but many students will choose a day during the week to travel to the other campus or choose to spend a semester at the other campus.

If I apply to one campus, may I attend the other instead?
Yes. Once accepted to the university, you are also accepted to all campuses.

How many freshmen get financial aid?
74% of first time freshmen who applied received financial aid (2005-2006). Over 88% received scholarship.

What degrees are offered at Pace?
Pace offers over 100 academic programs in five schools and one college ranging from Accounting to Women’s and Gender studies. Depending upon the program, students obtain their bachelors, masters or doctorate degree.

Is Pace University accredited?
Yes. Pace University is chartered by the Regents of the State of New York and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Each of the schools and colleges are accredited by the appropriate accrediting association.

Does Pace have a Pre-Med major?
Students often confuse a Pre-Med major with a Pre-Med track, which is the standard course of study. Pace offers a Pre-Med track preparing students for medical school admission.

Does Pace have a Pre-Law major?
Students often confuse a Pre-Law major with a Pre-Law track, which is the standard course of study. Pace offers a Pre-Law track preparing students for law school admission.

How long will it take to graduate?
Except for very few programs such as combined degree majors, Pace University promises that students can graduate within four years as long as the student remains registered full time, in good academic standing and works with his or her adviser. We call it the Pace Promise, and we will open closed classes or open new class sections in order to keep that promise.

Does Pace accept AP credit?
Yes. In general, students who score a “3” or higher on an AP examination are granted college credit. The English, History, Modern Languages, and Psychology departments only grant credit for a score of 4 or better.

What is Pace known for?
Its roots are in Accounting, and many know Pace for its historically strong business and entrepreneurial spirit, but Pace has grown into a comprehensive university over its 100 year history offering quality programs in computer science, nursing, education, the arts and sciences as well as business.

What are the most popular majors?
Accounting, Finance, Psychology, and Communication

What is the core curriculum?
Pace has an innovative and flexible core curriculum that allows students to design an academic plan personalized to their educational pursuit. All students take what are known as Foundation courses that ensure students achieve competency in communication and quantitative skills. Students broaden their exposure to the perspectives of the humanities, social sciences, and sciences by taking courses known as Areas of Knowledge. Finally, the core is completed when students choose courses known as Inquiry and Exploration that allow students to concentrate on a special interest.

Is the student body diverse?
The New York metropolitan area’s own neighborhood contributes 70 percent of our student body. Last year, students came from 48 U.S. states, 5 U.S. territories, and 129 countries.

Does Pace University offer scholarships?
Yes, Pace offers all students an extensive financial aid program. Our financial aid packages include a combination of scholarships, grants, and work-study funds. School-based scholarships are also available.

How does Pace meet the needs of disabled students?
Pace University takes seriously its obligations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. A student with a disability who believes that he or she will need an auxiliary aid or other accommodations must notify the Counseling Center prior to the beginning of classes.