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New York City Campus First-Year Orientation

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The purpose of Orientation is to introduce you to Pace and provide essential information that will prepare you for your first semester of classes. The Orientation program is comprised of educational sessions, academic advising, and an information fair where you can learn more about student organizations and departments across the University. Orientation also provides numerous opportunities to meet and connect with incoming and current Pace students. It is our hope that you gain valuable information which will prepare you to succeed at Pace.

The Orientation program is a mandatory two-day overnight program.

New Student Orientation Program

Pre-Orientation Online Modules

You’ll learn about various resources, campus expectations, and our dynamic Pace Community. Complete the Pre-Orientation Modules. Pre-Orientation Modules are available now.

In-Person Orientation Sessions

You’ll have an opportunity to meet with academic advisors, participate in small and large group sessions with current and new students, and learn more about the University.

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 10:00 a.m.–Thursday, June 16, 2022, 3:00 p.m.*
  • Thursday, June 23, 2022, 10:00 a.m.–Friday, June 24, 2022, 3:00 p.m.*
  • Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 10:00 a.m.–Thursday, June 30, 2022, 3:00 p.m.**
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 10:00 a.m.–Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 21, 2022, 10:00–Friday, July 22, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

* Recommended for students admitted into the Pforzheimer Honors College.
** Recommended for students admitted into the College of Health Professions.

Virtual Orientation Sessions

You’ll have an opportunity to interact with current students, meet with your advisor, and learn more about the campus community. These virtual sessions are designed for students who need to travel a greater distance to come to campus.

  • Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 10:00 a.m.–5:45 p.m. (First Year and Transfer Students)
  • Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 10:00 a.m.–5:45 p.m. (First Year and Transfer Students)

"Orientation serves as a gateway to your next four years at Pace. I remember being extremely nervous at my Orientation, but that went away shortly after my arrival because of all the amazing people. You gain so much knowledge about the University, you’ll be ready to start school before the summer is over. The community surrounding Pace is like no other, and you’ll quickly find your home away from home!"

Hannah Schuh '20
Orientation Leader"

Orientation Checklist

  • Register for Orientation within 10 days of receiving your Orientation email.

  • Take your Placement Tests as soon as possible and before attending the Orientation session for which you register.

  • Complete the Pre-Orientation Modules, prior to attending Orientation. Pre-Orientation Modules are available now.

  • If you are interested in meeting with a Financial Aid Counselor, please schedule an appointment. You can schedule an appointment up to two weeks in advance, and it must be in the student's name. Once you have scheduled your appointment, you will receive any updates via text to the phone number used to schedule the appointment. If you are unable to schedule an appointment, you may contact the Financial Aid Office directly at (877) 672-1830 and speak with a Financial Aid representative.

  • Submit your photo for your Pace University Student ID card.

  • Access your Pace email account and check it regularly.

  • Please dress comfortably and causally. In addition, all students should bring toiletries, shower shoes, a towel, long twin-size bed linens or a sleeping bag, a pillow, sweatshirt/jacket, an umbrella, and any other personal items or medication that you will need.

Application Dashboard

In addition to your Orientation checklist, there are some other things you’ll need to do this summer to make sure you’re ready for a great start this fall. To keep track of your progress, we’ve created a checklist for you in your Application Dashboard. Be sure to check it often as additional items may be added throughout the summer.

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 Supplement that you will see when you log in to register for your Orientation date. Then please select and enter, in your preferred order, the Learning Community choices you would like your advisor to take into account when making your fall schedule.

A school or program-based Academic Advisor will review this information, along with your placement test scores, when creating your schedule. You will receive your schedule at Orientation.*Please note your preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation will not be created until official documentation is submitted. You can learn more about how to submit your documents on our AP, IB and College Credits page.

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

Orientation is an important first step towards your successful transition to life at Pace. All international students are required to attend one of our Orientation sessions.

All undergraduate international students on an F-1 visa who are first-time students at Pace must also attend a 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 an F-1 visa, visa applicable benefits, restrictions, and will include a mandatory check-in procedure for activating an F-1 student's SEVIS record. Learn more about preparing to enter the US on an F-1 visa.

The Mandatory F-1 Virtual Information Session for New International Students is Wednesday, August 17, 2022 from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The Parent and Family Program

Parents and Family Members: We will be offering on-line modules, in-person sessions, and live sessions for you as well! These will help guide you through your student's transition to college. When your student registers for Orientation, they will be asked to provide your email address so that we can be in direct contact with you regarding these resources and opportunities. See all that we have planned for you and register for one of our family and parent orientation sessions now! Check out our parent and family modules for an overview of services and information – Visit the Parent Lingo website​.

Contact Us

Questions regarding the Orientation program?

Contact the Center for Student Engagement at nycorientation@pace.edu.

Questions regarding placement testing?

Contact shaick@pace.edu for English placement testing.
Contact rchristofferson@pace.edu for mathematics placement testing.

Questions regarding official documents for Undergraduate Admission?

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (212) 346-1323 or email undergradadmission@pace.edu.