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Undergraduate Admission

Pace University recognizes the value in reviewing an application holistically and many factors are taken into consideration. Most important is academic achievement (including class rank, if provided), followed by the personal essay and letters of recommendation. Undergraduate Admission also considers a student’s contribution to the community and leadership.

While most of our programs do not require standardized test scores, SAT or ACT scores are required at the time of application for the following students, academic majors, and/or Pace University scholarship opportunities:

  • Students wishing to be considered for the Pforzheimer Honors College and Honors Opportunity Scholarship, the Carl & Lily Pforzheimer Community Service Scholarship, or endowed scholarships
  • Students applying to the combined Accounting BBA/MBA
  • Students applying to the four-year BS in Nursing program
  • Students applying with a narrative transcript
  • Students who were homeschooled during high school
  • Students presenting SAT or ACT scores as proof of English proficiency in lieu of TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson PTE exams. 

Test-Optional Frequently Asked Questions

Can students who do not submit standardized test scores still be considered for merit scholarship?

Yes! All admitted students, with the exception of international first-year students, are considered for a merit scholarship and do not need to submit the SAT or ACT.

However, to be considered for the Honors Opportunity Scholarship and endowed scholarships, including the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Community Service Scholarship, test scores are required when a student submits their application. A test-optional applicant will not be considered for the Honors Opportunity Scholarship and endowed scholarships. Please note that students are unable to change their testing plan after an admission decision is rendered.

What if I submitted my standardized test scores but now I would like to apply without them?
If you would like to change your testing plan and you have not received an admission decision, please email the Office of Undergraduate Admission. The email should include your first and last name as it appears on your application. However, students are unable to change their testing plan after an admission decision is rendered.

Do athletes need to submit standardized test scores?
Student athletes, are mandated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, are required to submit SAT or ACT scores through the NCAA Eligilbility Center. However, test scores are not required for admission to Pace University.

How do I know if I should submit my standardized test scores?
If your academic plan does not require test scores, the decision to apply test-optional is a personal one. You may be a good fit for our test-optional path if you feel your test scores are not representative of your academic achievement and do not reflect your future potential in college.

We encourage you to discuss our test-optional policy with your school or college counselor or with a Pace University Undergraduate Admission counselor. We are all here to help you!

What if I cannot afford to send Pace University my test scores?
If you are proud of your scores, cost should not be a barrier for you to submit them. There are a variety of ways to qualify for free options. You should connect with your school or college counselor for more information about qualifying fee waivers.