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Pace Path

Sample four-year overview

The Pace Path is an innovative program unique to Pace University that helps each student become successful in college, career, and life. It was developed to prepare students to meet the needs of the 21st century workplace. Each student develops strengths in managing oneself, interpersonal relations, and organizational awareness through co-curricular activities within an academic program. This is accomplished through collaboration with Pace faculty, advisers, staff, coaches and mentors. The Pace Path is framed by Pace's historic mission of Opportunitas and prepares innovative thinkers through a powerful combination of knowledge in the professions, real-world experience, and a rigorous liberal arts curriculum.

First-Year

The Pace Path begins in the first-year with UNV 101, a one-credit course that focuses on the student’s transition to college life.

  • In UNV 101, students develop their customized four-year plan that establishes personal, academic, and professional goals and advising continues into the spring semester.

  • Students engage in co-curricular activities and begin forming important relationships with offices such as Career Services, Student Development and Campus Activities, Office for Student Success, Center for Academic Excellence, Writing Center, Center for Community Action and Research, and Pace International.


Sophomore Year

With the assistance of professional and faculty advisers, students select and participate in Pace Path activities tailored to their individual four-year plans.

  • Students begin to work with coaches/mentors identified by professional and faculty advisers and engage in co-curricular activities.
  • Students engage in experiential learning such as service learning, international study, and research.

Junior Year

By the end of the junior year, students will select coaches/mentors of their choosing and continue engagement in experiential learning.

  • Coaches/mentors continue to be faculty and advisers, peer mentors, graduate students, work or intern supervisors, and/or alumni. Student can also choose their mentors outside of the Pace Community in order to have exposure to external perspectives. Students have opportunities to find mentors through their Schools/Colleges and the Alumni-Student Mentoring Program. Students continue to engage in co-curricular activities.
  • Students continue to engage in co-curricular activities and show progress with experiential learning activities such as service learning, international study, and research. Many students will choose internship, cooperative education, and clinical experiences.

Senior Year

By senior year, students in most majors should be connected to coaches/mentors who do professional work in their chosen fields.

  • These professional settings will be related to the chosen college major and include internships, clinical experiences, and research. Students continue engaging in co-curricular activities.
  • Many majors incorporate the Pace Path into the curriculum in the form of capstone projects, such as internships, cooperative education, clinical experiences, research projects, civic engagement, and practical applications.


Over the course of four years at Pace, students learn to be fluent in three types of literacy within their academic programs: language, quantitative, and technology. These academic skills are developed through curricular and experiential learning opportunities within each student's unique Pace Path.