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New Student Orientation is an important first step on your Pace Path. All new commuter and residential students are required to attend the overnight program, which takes place during the summer months. At Orientation, you will have the opportunity to explore the place you will call home for the next four years. Get to know your future classmates, learn about campus life, meet Academic Advisors, receive your fall schedule, and find your favorite spot on campus.

This is a two-day overnight program for student attendees. The Family program takes place on Day 1 (Thursday) with supplemental programs offered on Day 2 (Friday).

Orientation Dates

  • June 18-19*†
  • June 25-26
  • July 9-10*
  • July 16-17
  • July 23-24
  • September 3-4

Check-in: 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at One Pace Plaza, enter at 9 Spruce Street. The program concludes on Friday by 3:30 p.m.

Read more about what to expect at Orientation, staying overnight, and the Family program.

*Sessions are recommended for students admitted into the College of Health Professions.
Sessions are recommended for students admitted into the Pforzheimer Honors College.
Reserved for our international students holding an F-1 visa and other students traveling a great distance. Space is limited and overnight accommodations are only available to students who are living in the residence halls for the fall semester.

Please note: Currently, our summer Orientation dates are scheduled to happen as normal, however the University is continuing to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 public health situation. If there are any changes to our scheduled summer Orientation programs, registrants will be notified immediately. Please stay tuned for more information.

Orientation Checklist

  • Register for Orientation by Monday, June 1 (or within 10 days of receiving your Orientation mailer). Please review the information below regarding information you will need to complete your registration.

  • Take your placement tests by Monday, June 1 (or within 10 days of receiving your Orientation mailer).
  • If you are interested, submit an appointment request to meet with a Financial Aid Counselor during Orientation.
  • Submit your photo for your Pace ID card.
  • Access your Pace email account and check it regularly.
  • Start off on your Pace Path by attending these campus events in the fall semester.

What You Need To Know To Register

When you register for Orientation you will be asked to complete a Course Selection Questionnaire. You will need the following information, where appropriate:

  • Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and SAT II Language scores as well as any college credits you have received.
  • Carefully review the learning community guide that you will see when you log in to register for your orientation date. Then please select and enter, in your preferred order, the four learning community choices you would like your advisor to take into account when making your fall schedule.

Your Academic Advisor will review this information, along with your placement test scores, when creating your schedule. You will receive your schedule at Orientation.

Mandatory F-1 Visa Status Maintenance Information Session for New International Students

Regardless of which Orientation session you attend, all undergraduate international students on an F-1 visa who are first-time students at Pace must also attend the mandatory F-1 Visa Status Maintenance Information Session for new international students.

This information session will focus on immigration regulations pertaining to international students on F-1 visa, visa applicable benefits, restrictions and will include mandatory check-in procedure for activating F-1 student SEVIS record. Learn more about this session and preparing to enter the U.S. on an F-1 visa.

More information about staying overnight and the Family program

Staying Overnight On Campus

The overnight program is a mandatory component of the Orientation experience. It offers you the unique opportunity to stay in the residence halls and get the full campus living experience. Students planning to commute in the fall will still take part in this overnight experience. The more connected you are with campus life, programs, and your peers, the more likely you are to have a rewarding college experience.

What to bring:

  • Clothing that is comfortable and casual
  • Toiletries
  • Pillow
  • Twin bed linens or sleeping bag
  • Towel
  • Umbrella
  • Spending money (Meals will be provided throughout the program, however you may choose to bring spending money for vending machines)

Family Orientation

Families are invited to join in on the fun and information provided at Orientation, meet members of the Pace Community, explore the campus and surrounding area, and learn more about how to support their student on their Pace Path.

Families and guests wishing to attend should be included when the student registers for Orientation online.

Lunch will be provided for students and family members on Day 1 and students will receive dinner, breakfast, and lunch for the remainder of their stay. Family Orientation begins alongside the Student Orientation and concludes by 4:00 p.m. on Day 1. There are supplemental program offerings for families on Day 2 as well, concluding by 3:30 p.m.

Overnight accommodations are not available to family member or guests. View a list of local hotels around campus.