About Pace University
Ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, Pace University provides a transformative education for its diverse students—academically, professionally, and socioeconomically.
Pace prepares students to become leaders in their fields by providing an education that combines exceptional academics with real-world experiences including internships, research, clinicals, civic engagement, and study abroad.
Founded as a one-room accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, and enrolls more than 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs. Its six schools and colleges—the College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems—offer a variety of courses in business, health care, computer science, humanities, education, science, law, the arts, and more.
At the core of a Pace education is a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences with an emphasis on the combination of theory and practice. More than 50 cutting-edge centers, institutes, labs, and clinics, including the NYC Design Factory, Entrepreneurship Lab, Environmental Policy Clinic, Cybersecurity Education and Research Lab, Immigration Justice Clinic, and Health Care Simulation Labs serve as a training ground for future leaders. One of the fastest-growing and most competitive programs at the University is the performing arts, with the Pace School of Performing Arts for undergraduates ranked among the top programs in the country and The Actors Studio Drama School for graduates recognized by many as the home of the Emmy Award-winning television show Inside the Actors Studio. The University’s environmental law program has long been recognized as a leading program and was ranked #3 by U.S. News & World Report in 2020.
Pace combines the benefits and resources of a large university with the personalized attention and focus associated with a small college, with an average class size of only 20 students and a 14:1 student to faculty ratio. Academic experiences at Pace emphasize teaching from both a practical and theoretical perspective, drawing on the expertise of full-time and adjunct faculty members who balance academic preparation with professional experience to bring a unique dynamic to the classroom. Research is a cornerstone of the Pace educational experience and in FY2019, Pace received more than $9.4 million in research grant funding. Our faculty’s commitment to intellectual discourse and research is surpassed only by their desire to help students realize their dreams.
The University’s signature program, the Pace Path is an individualized plan for each student that leverages Pace’s emphasis on experiential learning to support strong academics while incorporating customized goal-setting and dedicated mentoring and advising. Pace University has one of the largest internship programs of any college in the New York metropolitan area. Last year, Pace students engaged in more than 8,000 internships, co-ops, field experiences, and clinicals with more than 1,000 different employers. Over the years, more than 3,000 alumni have reached top executive positions at their companies. PayScale.com ranks Pace among the top 10% of private US colleges that provide the best return on tuition investment.
With three campuses located in and around New York City, as well as flexible, hybrid, and cutting-edge learning environments, Pace offers students a diverse selection of learning and living experiences. The New York City Campus in Lower Manhattan, recently renovated with ultramodern facilities, collaborative learning spaces, and residence halls, is within walking distance to Wall Street, South Street Seaport, and the Brooklyn Bridge, and a subway ride from all that the city has to offer. The Pleasantville Campus in Westchester County, only an hour by train from New York City, offers students the traditional suburban collegiate setting with state-of-the-art renovations on a 200-acre bucolic campus and 14 NCAA Division II teams. The White Plains Campus, home to the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, is situated in the heart of White Plains’ buzzing suburban sprawl. These three strategic locations are regularly cited as a top reason why students choose to attend Pace University.
Pace is a university whose resources have played an essential role in the realization of individual dreams of achievement, and whose mission is voiced in the motto: Opportunitas.