Below you will find information and advice regarding our undergraduate admission process for international students. An international student is defined as any student studying at Pace University who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident. International students must complete the same application for admission as domestic applications. There are, however, additional forms and information required from international students in order to be considered for study at Pace University.
All of your application's supporting documents must be sent directly to:
Application Processing Center
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570
Or faxed to: (914) 773-3851
- 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 (PDF).
- 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.
- 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:
- 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
Applicants may send unofficial copies of all transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email address is required, please use AppProcessing@pace.edu.
English-Language Proficiency Requirements
Students who will graduate or have graduated from a high school in a country where English is not the official language and for whom English is not their first language 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 that are no more than two years old.
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.
The TOEFL codes for Pace University are as follows:
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 taken between Feb. 3 and August 31, 2020 will be accepted.
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.
You may also provide proof of English proficiency by submitting one of the following:
1. Proof of Citizenship from a country where English is the official language, i.e. Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Isles, 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, 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
Pace Global Pathways 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 Global Pathways Program. Once you submit an application, the Admission Committee will advise you about being admitted into this program.
The Pace Global Pathways Program is an excellent opportunity for international students to attend Pace but who do not yet meet the English language proficiency requirements for direct admission to one of our undergraduate degree programs. The Pathways Program consists of 1 – 3 terms (the equivalent of a 4, 8, or 12-month course) depending upon your English-language proficiency entrance score.
Students who enter the program receive college-level English-language instruction with specialized academic coursework in your field of study – all taught by Pace University professors.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will progress into a Bachelor’s degree program in Business, Arts and Sciences, or Computer Science and Information Systems with up to 17 credits towards your degree!
All accepted students are required to take University Placement Exams prior to registration. Students may be restricted to intensive English course work for at least one semester, which may extend the length of time and cost of completing a degree.
The Admission Committee may require additional testing if there are concerns about your ability to read, write, or speak English sufficiently to meet the demands of your intended curriculum, based on the materials you submitted as part of your application or on written or verbal communications with you after you submitted your application.
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
To receive a Form I-20 from Pace University for obtaining a student (F-I) visa, the applicant must demonstrate that he or she has sufficient funds available to pay for tuition and living expenses for at least one year of study in the United States. Students must provide evidence of additional financial support of $10,000 per year for a spouse and/or child who accompanies them to the U.S.
Applicants who will require a student (F-I) visa must submit the Financial Affidavit.
- For students applying for Fall 2020 entry - Financial Affidavit (PDF)
- For students applying for Fall 2020 School of Performing Arts entry - Financial Affidavit (PDF)
All monies pledged on the Pace University Financial Affidavit for International Students Form must be verified by one or more of the following:
- 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
If you are currently in the United States on an F-1 student visa, please provide the Transfer Recommendation Form completed by you and your international student adviser.
- For students attending the New York City campus - Transfer Recommendation Form (PDF)
- For students attending the Westchester campus - Transfer Recommendation Form (PDF)
Applicants for admission to Pace University are considered in terms of past achievement and future promise. The Admission Committee considers the record of each applicant individually. Academic achievement is the primary factor for admission to Pace, but qualities such as motivation, creativity, and community involvement are also considered in evaluating the applicant.
Program Specific Admission Information
Pforzheimer Honors College
The Pforzheimer Honors College is a community of high-achieving undergraduate scholars studying under the distinguished faculty of a great university. The Honors College is open to all majors within the university. Entering students who meet eligibility criteria will be invited to join the Honors College upon review of completed application for admission.
School of Performing Arts (NYC Campus Only)
Please note that the fall application deadline for this program is December 15.
- Apply for fall admission by December 15 and if eligible, schedule your callback audition or interview by January 15. 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.
Please note: Pace Performing Arts auditions and interviews students for fall term entrance only. The next round of auditions and interviews will take place from October through early March for Fall 2021.
Admission Decision Notification
Early Decision applicants will be notified in early December and Early Action applicants will be notified in early January. Regular Decision applicants will be notified on a rolling basis after the application deadline.Applicants for admission to Pace University are considered in terms of past achievement and future promise. The Admission Committee considers the record of each applicant individually. Academic achievement is the primary factor for admission to Pace, but qualities such as motivation, creativity, and community involvement are also considered in evaluating the applicant.
The Pace University Admission Committee makes every effort to notify students with a decision in a timely fashion. Early Decision applicants will be notified in early December and Early Action applicants will be notified in early January. Regular Decision applicants will be notified on a rolling basis after the application deadline.
Merit scholarship notification will be included with the admission decision
In some cases an accepted student may defer his or her enrollment for one or two semesters, provided the request is approved by the Director of International Admission. (A student who is not granted a deferral or attends another college prior to enrolling at Pace must file a new application for admission).
Requests for deferred admission should be made in writing to the Office of International Admission at email@example.com. A student who is granted approval to defer his or her admission will be reconsidered for academic scholarship, housing, and financial aid prior to enrolling at Pace University.
Students who request a deferral will be notified in writing by the Director of International Admission.
Pace University is committed to achieving full equal opportunity in all aspects of university life. Pursuant to this commitment, Pace University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, ethnicity, marital or domestic partnership status, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or veteran status.