- Application & Fee: 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 form.
- Identification: Send a photocopy or fax of your valid passport/national identity card displaying your photo and name.
- Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from a teacher or counselor who knows you well and can attest to your academic potential and personal characteristics. Letter of Recommendation forms can be found on our Forms & Brochures web page. (Letters of recommendation are not required for international transfer students.)
- A written essay/personal statement: 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.
- 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.
Note about the new SAT Scores: for the Spring 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018 terms, we will accept both the old SAT scores (from tests taken prior to March 2016) and the new SAT scores. Students taking the new SAT are not required to submit the Optional Essay. Starting with the Fall of 2018, we will accept only the new SAT scores.
- 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:
- Pace University from the education institution of origin OR
- Sent from any NACES accredited translation evaluator (preferred) OR
- The student's Ministry of Education OR
- A U.S. consular officer OR
- An EducationUSA adviser OR
- The Institute for Foreign Credential Services: www.ifcsevals.com
Please note: 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 e-mail address is required, please use AppProcessing@pace.edu.
English-Language Proficiency Requirements
2. SAT or ACT scores. International students may submit an SAT or ACT score in lieu of a TOEFL or IELTS score. Although not a rule, generally the following scores would warrant a waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS and sufficiently demonstrate English proficiency:
- SAT-Old Score (test taken prior to March 2016): Score of 500 or better on the Critical Reading section
- SAT - New Score (test taken after March 2016): Score of 560 or better on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section
- ACT - Score of 20 or higher on the English section
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
Global Pathways Bridge Program
If your TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson PTE scores are below the minimums stated above or Admission determines that you need additional English language preparation to be a fully matriculated student, you could be a candidate for the Pace University Global Pathways Bridge Program. Once you submit an application, the Admission Committee will advise you about being admitted into this program.
University Coursework Completed in High School
Applicants who completed AP, IB , or other university-level coursework while attending high school may be eligible for transfer credit. For evaluation of credits, forward official college transcripts and/or test score reports to the Undergraduate Admission Office. In general, AP scores of 4 or better are awarded credit at Pace. The computer science, environmental science, and physics departments grant credit for a score of 3 or better.
I-20 & Visa Process
- For students applying for Fall 2016 - Financial Affidavit
- Bank statements for the last six months showing regular deposits, owner's name, and current balance greater than the amount listed on the Financial Affidavit
- A letter from a bank on bank letterhead indicating the date, account number, account holder’s name, and amount on deposit in U.S. dollars. The letter must include the signature of a bank official. Bank statements are also accepted
- Proof of government or employer sponsorship
- A letter of support from a sponsoring scholarship program, fellowship program, or grant organization
- For students attending the New York City campus - Transfer Recommendation Form
- For students attending the Westchester campus - Transfer Recommendation Form
Program Specific Admission Information
- Apply for fall admission by January 15th and if eligible, schedule your callback audition or interview by February 15th. Academic admission to Pace University is separate from the audition and interview process for the School of Performing Arts. An application for admission must be on file prior to beginning the audition process.
- Auditions and/or interviews are required for entrance to the School of Performing Arts. Information about auditions will be sent to each applicant upon receipt of application. Students will be notified on or before March 31 regarding audition results, provided the student has been admitted based on academic review by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Visit the School of Performing Arts web site for more details.
Admission Decision Notification