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Getting Ready for Orientation

A Guide to your Course Selection Questionnaire

All newly-enrolled students at Pace University attend an orientation session over the summer. For more information on Summer Orientation, visit the Summer Orientation website.

You will receive a large packet of information related to orientation after enrolling at Pace. Included in the New Student and Family Orientation Programs brochure is information on how to register online for a Summer Orientation date. Online, you will be asked to complete a Course Selection Questionnaire to provide necessary academic information needed to get your started at Pace. Please provide all information requested. If you have any questions about the Orientation Program, please contact the Center for Student Development and Campus Activities at (212) 346-1590.

Your Course Selection Questionnaire

The Course Selection Questionnaire is filled out online. The information you provide in the questionnaire will allow your Advisor to create your first semester schedule. Make sure to take your time and think carefully about the information you provide. Please follow these step-by-step instructions to filling out the questionnaire:

  • Carefully enter your Personal information and make any necessary corrections online or on the form itself. Please indicate:
    • if you plan to commute to Pace University. Your adviser will take this into account as he/she creates your class schedule.
    • if English is not your first language. This will all help to determine your English placement.
  • Indicate your Intended Major. The list of the majors that are available on your campus can be found in the Pre-Registration Instruction and Advising Guide (see above). If you are still considering your choice of major, please indicate that by checking the “Unsure/open to many areas” box provided on the form. Please also indicate which areas are of interest to you.
  • Specify your Learning Community preferences. Select four CAP Learning Communities that you are interested in taking and list them according to your preference. A complete list of Learning Communities is provided in the New York City Learning Communities Supplement (PDF). PLEASE BE SURE TO SELECT A CAP LEARNING COMMUNITY. Read the description of each Learning Community before you indicate your preferences. An Advisor will make every effort to accommodate your preferences in the order you list them.
  • Select Areas of Interest that appeal to you. Please select as many areas as you like, but make sure that you select no fewer than five. Your Advisor will consult this section of the Course Selection Questionnaire in order to complete your first semester schedule.
  • Indicate which Second Language you are interested in taking your first semester. Although not every student will take a language in his/her first semester, your adviser will take your interest into account when creating your schedule. Also, please use the grid to provide information about language courses you took in high school. Please be as accurate as possible.
  • If you took the second language SAT II, please indicate the language you tested in and the score you received (if known).
  • Indicate any Earned College Credits and IB/or AP credit you have earned prior to registering at Pace.
  • Make sure you digitally sign the Registration Authorization to indicate that we have your permission to register you for the courses you have identified on the Course Selection Questionnaire. We cannot create your schedule without this permission.

If you have any questions about filling out your Course Selection Questionnaire please do not hesitate to call the CAP Office at (212) 346-1997 for assistance. We are here to help!

Take Placement Exams

Read carefully below to learn about important online placement tests you must take prior to arriving for Orientation. Please make sure that you take the placement tests for the NYC campus. These placement tests are important; it is in your best interest to concentrate, apply yourself, and do the best you can. The levels of Mathematics and English/ writing into which you place can have an impact on other classes that you may need to take for your intended major requirements.

Writing Placement Test: All students will take a writing placement test online prior to Orientation to determine the appropriate English course to take in their first semester. The writing placement test requires students to write an essay. Each student will be evaluated on her or his ability to organize and develop ideas, to sustain an argument, and to use correct spelling and grammar.

Please note, though, the University Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy with regard to English/writing for students admitted through the CAP Program: Students admitted to Pace University through the CAP program will be placed into required English classes based solely on the results of their performance on Pace University’s Writing Placement Exam. Any previously earned credit for college-level English/ writing courses, or successful completion of exams through the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, will be accepted only as credits towards the General/Open Electives component of the chosen degree program.

This is important because it means that how you perform on the writing placement test will determine your first English class, regardless of any AP, IB, or Transfer Credit that you may be bringing in for English/ writing. If you have taken a college-level English course, or have AP or IB credit, then you should be able to perform to that standard on the writing placement test, which is evaluated by Pace English Faculty. Only your performance on this placement test will be used to determine your first-semester English course.

Further information can be found in the University's Transfer Credit Policy for Undergraduate Students, Section XI.

Mathematics Placement Test: All students will take a mathematics placement test online prior to Orientation to determine the appropriate mathematics course to take in their first semester. Questions range from word problems to trigonometry and pre-calculus problems. Students may use calculators, but must bring their own with them to the exam. Cell/smart phone calculators will not be allowed. Mathematics placement will be reevaluated upon receipt of appropriate college transfer credit or official AP or IB scores. View a sample placement test with problems and answers. You can use our sample placement test (PDF) to help prepare yourself for the mathematics placement test.

Incoming first-year students must take their writing and math placement tests online prior to attending Orientation. For dates and details, visit the Center for Academic Excellence Placement Testing website.