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Undergraduate Admission

High school students wishing to apply for the Associates of Arts in General Arts & Sciences degree program are not required to submit SAT or ACT test scores.
Pace University reviews an application holistically and takes many factors into consideration, including NY Regents exams when available. Most important will be the academic achievement (including class rank and school rigor), followed by the essay and recommendations. We will also review the student’s contribution to the community, and leadership positions held during high school.

How does a high school student apply to the Associates of Arts in General Arts & Sciences?

High school students will select the Associates of Arts in General Arts & Sciences on the Common Application, the Pace web application, paper application or Pace Advantage application. By selecting this degree, a student will not be asked for test scores to complete their application. Should a student change his or her mind and decide to apply as a bachelor degree seeking student, the student must send an e-mail to indicating the desire to change to a bachelor degree and consequently, will need to submit test scores for evaluation. 

Please note: Once an offer of admission is made to the Associate Degree program, the student will not be able to change his or her major before enrollment. However, after completing one year (and maintaining satisfactory academic standing), students may transfer into a Bachelor degree program.

Are high school students eligible for merit scholarships and need-based grants?

Yes, high school students applying for admission to the Associate Degree program are evaluated for scholarship based upon their High School GPA. Need-based grants are available to full-time students matriculated in a degree program. Awards are based on academic promise and financial need. This award is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually, and list Pace University as a school to be attended on the form. Priority is given to students who file the FAFSA by November 15 each year.

Are there any exceptions to the test-optional policy?

Yes, here is the list of high school students who are still required to submit standardized scores:
  • Students wishing to be considered for the Honors College
  • Students wishing to be considered for the School of Performing Arts
  • Students wishing to apply to the RN4 program
  • Students wishing to compete at the NCAA level
  • Homeschooled students 
  • Students applying to the OASIS (Ongoing Academic and Social Instructional Support) program 
International students will still be required to be submit their TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of their admission application.