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How do I apply?

To apply as an international student, follow the same steps to apply as all Pace University first year applicants.

Submit Required Documents

  • A completed application and $50 nonrefundable application fee. Pace offers online and print application options, which vary by student type. To get started, please visit our Apply Now web page and select an application based upon your student type. Applicants applying under the Early Decision plan, please submit the Early Decision Agreement (PDF).

  • Send a photocopy or fax of your valid passport/national identity card displaying your photo and name.

  • Two letters of recommendation from a teacher or counselor who knows you well and can attest to your academic potential and personal characteristics.  Letters of recommendation are not required for international transfer students.

  • One essay/personal statement, approximately 250-650 words in length, which will assist the Admission Committee in reviewing your application. The essay/personal statement you submit must consist solely of your own original work. You may write on a subject of your choice or one of the following subjects:

    • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
    • Describe a problem you have solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
    • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
    • Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
    • Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, or one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
  • Course descriptions or syllabus (in English) from each post-secondary school attended (transfer applicants only).

  • Official test scores and other educational materials must be sent directly from the testing authority or institution.

  • Official transcripts, diplomas, and leaving examination scores from secondary and post-secondary schools (in English). Transcripts are considered official only if they are sent directly to:

    Applicants may send unofficial copies of all transcripts to intladm@pace.edu for the initial processing and review of your application. Please include your name and program of interest. If you are admitted, your offer is contingent upon the receipt and verification of all official printed transcripts.
     

Electronic Transcript Networks

Pace University participates with several electronic transcripts networks: Credentials, Parchment Exchange, National Student Clearing House, and eSCRIP-SAFE. Whenever possible, Pace prefers to receive transcripts electronically. Confirm with the prior institution to determine if they participate in any of these networks. If a send-to email address is required, please use AppProcessing@pace.edu.

All of your application's supporting documents must be sent directly to:

Pace University
Application Processing Center
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570
Or faxed to: (914) 773-3851

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

Students who do not qualify for one of the English Proficiency exam waivers listed below must present proof of English proficiency by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson PTE academic academic that are no more than two years old.

Please note that students that have been in the United States for less than 6 years will be required to submit an exam indicating proof of English proficiency.

In general, a minimum TOEFL score of 80, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or a Pearson PTE academic score of 54 is sufficient to demonstrate the required proficiency in English for admission directly into Pace University programs.

Pace University accepts MyBest™ scores for the TOEFL iBT® test, in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date.

TOEFL codes for Pace University

  • New York City Campus: 2635
  • Westchester Campus: 2685

For students affected by center closures

For international students affected by testing centers closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Pace University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English test in place of the in-person TOEFL, IELTS and PTE English proficiency exams. Duolingo English tests will be accepted for all Fall 2021 applications.

The exam cost is $49 (USD) and may be taken from any computer that has a camera, audio and reliable internet. The exam portion of the Duolingo English test contains a series of speaking, reading, writing and listening exercises. Following the exam, there will be an interview portion that will ask you to respond to various prompts in 30 to 90 seconds. The exam will take about 45 minutes to complete and you will need either a passport, driver license, or national or state ID to show the camera. The score results are generally received within a few days of exam completion.

A verification email will be sent to you a few days after completing the exam containing a link to send your score to Pace University.

For additional information, please review the frequently asked questions.

Additional ways of providing proof of English proficiency

1. Proof of Citizenship from a country where English is the official language, i.e. Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Canada, Christmas Island, Cocos, Cooks Islands, Dominica, England, Fiji, Grenada, Grenadines, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Keeling Island, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montserrat, N. Marianas, Nevis, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Christopher, St. Helena, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, American Virgin Islands, Zambia

2. SAT or ACT scores. International students may submit an SAT or ACT score in lieu of a TOEFL or IELTS score. The following scores would warrant a waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS and sufficiently demonstrate English proficiency:

  • SAT - A score of a 27 or better on the reading test subsection
  • ACT - Score of 20 or higher on the English section

Submission of SAT/ACT scores will qualify international applicants for merit scholarship consideration

3. IB students may submit ENGLISH A1/A2 or B1/B2 results with a score of 4 or better. Students with Higher Level (HL) courses will be awarded college credit as well

4. AP English exam with a score of 4 or better

5. A college level English composition course from an accredited institution in the US with a C or better

6. Successfully complete the Pre-Undergraduate program through Pace's English Language Institute