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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.

Orientation Dates

  • July 1 - 2
  • July 8 - 9*†
  • July 15 - 16*†
  • July 22 - 23
  • September 3 - 4‡

Check-in: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at Alumni Hall. Please use Entrance 3. Program concludes by 2:00 p.m. on day two.

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 Saturday, 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.

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.

Early Arrival Program

Only available for July Orientation sessions.

If you are traveling from a long distance or just wish to arrive the night before Orientation, we offer an early arrival program that includes a room, dinner, and some social activities for $15 per person. Please indicate your interest in the early arrival program on your Orientation registration or call the Office of Student Development and Campus Activities (SDCA) for more information at (914) 773-3767.

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.

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 or campus bookstore.)

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 your student on the Pace Path.

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

Students and registered family members will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2.

There is a non-refundable fee of $50 per family member/guest to stay on campus overnight (University accommodations; only available for July Orientation sessions). If you wish to stay off campus, a list of local hotels is available.