Two students walking aorund the NYC campus.

New York City Campus First-Year Orientation

You're In! Let's Get Started.

Get ahead of the pack and start your college experience right now by registering for Orientation. It's a vital rite of passage for all students, and where your journey at Pace will begin—even before the semester starts.

This year, due to COVID-19, Orientation will be held virtually with additional portions that will require online completion before your registered Orientation date.  All new students are required to attend the virtual Orientation program. Additional events may offer students the opportunity to come to campus for shorter programs.

New Student Orientation Program

Pre-Orientation Online Modules

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

Virtual Orientation Sessions

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

Summer Setter Days

Join our engaging in-person opportunities for students and parents that will likely be 1/2 day programs aimed at those individuals within driving distance. Participants will have an opportunity to schedule a campus tour, connect with current students, learn about our thriving Pace Community, and get excited about starting in the fall. Register today.

"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

New Student Virtual Orientation Dates

All dates open to all students.

  • Thursday, June 24, 2021
    Recommended for students admitted into the Pforzheimer Honors College.
  • Thursday, July 1, 2021
    Recommended for students admitted into the Pforzheimer Honors College.
  • Thursday, July 8, 2021
    Recommended for students admitted into the College of Health Professions.
  • Thursday, July 15, 2021
  • Thursday, July 22, 2021
  • Thursday, July 29, 2021
  • Thursday, August 5, 2021
  • Thursday, August 26, 2021

Orientation Checklist

  • Register for Orientation within 10 days of receiving your Orientation email. Registration will open May 2.

  • Take your Placement Tests no later than June 1st (or within 10 days of receiving your Orientation email)

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

  • Submit an appointment request to speak with a Financial Aid Counselor during Orientation, if interested (for Domestic Students only).

    If you have any questions pertaining to billing and payments or payment options and arrangements, you may register online for a virtual appointment with the Student Accounts office. The link to register for an appointment can be found in your confirmation email.

    If you have any questions pertaining to your financial aid package, you may register online for a virtual appointment time slot with the Financial Aid Office. The link to register for an appointment can be found in your reminder or confirmation email.

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

  • Access your Pace email account and check it regularly.

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

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 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 Parent and Family Program

Parents and Family Members: We will be offering on-line modules 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. Be sure to check out all that we have planned for you and register for the Live Parent and Family Orientation session now!

Contact Us

Questions regarding the Orientation program?

Contact the Center for Student Engagement at

Questions regarding placement testing?

Contact or

Questions regarding official documents for Undergraduate Admission?

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (212) 346-1323 or email