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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 2- day Orientation program is comprised of educational sessions, academic advising and review of your first semester schedule, 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.

Register for Orientation

New Student Orientation Program

Pre-Orientation Online Modules

You’ll learn about how your first semester schedule is created, various resources, campus expectations, and our dynamic Pace Community. Be sure to complete the mandatory Pre-Orientation Modules - available now.

In-Person Orientation Sessions

You’ll have an opportunity to meet with academic advisors, review your first semester schedule, participate in small and large group sessions with fellow new students, and learn more about the University.

  • Thursday, June 20, 2024–Friday, June 21, 2024
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2024–Thursday, June 27, 2024
  • Thursday, July 11, 2024–Friday, July 12, 2024
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2024–Thursday, July 18, 2024
  • Thursday, July 25, 2024–Friday, July 26, 2024
  • Thursday, August 1, 2024–Friday, August 2, 2024

Student Orientation Program (PDF)

Virtual Orientation Sessions*

You’ll have an opportunity to interact with fellow new students, meet with an academic advisor, review your first semester schedule, and learn more about the campus community.

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2024
  • Thursday, August 22, 2024

Virtual Orientation Program (PDF)

* To those who attend a virtual orientation event, please note that there is an in-person session mentioned below that you must attend.

In-Person Session for Virtual Attendees

This session is designed only for students that attend the Virtual orientation session to provide them with an the opportunity to have an in-person experience, participate in small and large group sessions and meet fellow students before the semester begins.

  • Friday, August 30, 2024

In-Person Virtual Session Program (PDF)

The Parent and Family Program

Parents and Family Members, we will be offering on-line modules and in-person sessions for you as well! These informative opportunities will help guide you through your student's transition to college. New students are allowed to invite two guests to their orientation session. When your student registers for orientation, they will be asked to submit your information. Check out our parent and family modules for an overview of services and information – Visit the Parent Lingo website​.

Parent and Family Orientation Program (PDF)

Orientation Checklist

  • Register for Orientation and complete the questionnaire.

  • Take your Placement Tests immediately after registering for Orientation.

  • 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.

  • It is mandatory to submit your photo for your Pace University Student ID card before you attend orientation.

  • Access your Pace email account and check it regularly.

  • During your orientation session, students will stay in an on campus residence hall. Parents and guests can make hotel accommodations nearby. Please dress comfortably and casually. 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.

    • The First-Year program runs from 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. the following day.
    • Transfer Session: 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    • Virtual Sessions: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
    • In-Person Session for Virtual Attendees
      • Rotation 1: 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
      • Rotation 2: 1:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Pace University Center for Student Engagement offers you the opportunity to take the Clifton Strengths Assessment and receive your top 5 strengths for free! You are required to take the assessment prior to coming to orientation. You will receive an email with instructions on how to access the assessment prior to your orientation session, so be sure to check your email frequently to ensure you complete this assessment on time!

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 for Orientation

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

  • Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) as well as any college - level credits you have earned.
  • Carefully review the Learning Community information and enter, in your preferred order, the Learning Community choices you would like your advisor to take into account when making your fall schedule.

An Academic Advisor will review your responses, along with your placement test results, when creating your first semester schedule. You will receive your schedule at Orientation and have an opportunity to ask any questions.

*Please note, if you are planning to transfer college-level credits to Pace, your preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation cannot be created until official documentation is submitted to Pace. You can learn more about how to submit your official documents on our AP, IB and College Credits page.

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

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 will be held on August 20, 2024. Please visit the International website for more information.

Contact Us

Questions regarding the Orientation program?

Contact the Center for Student Engagement at

Questions regarding placement testing?

Questions regarding official documents for Undergraduate Admission?

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