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Challenge to Achievement Program

Prospective Students

The Challenge To Achievement At Pace (CAP) Program

Often the most difficult part of starting a university career can be figuring out how to get by in a demanding new environment. Sometimes it’s just about learning how to learn, or thinking about learning in a new way.

The CAP Program is designed for first-year students whose college applications do not accurately reflect their potential for success in an undergraduate program. All facets of the CAP Program work toward the goal of successfully assisting you with the transition from high school to college. Advisers work closely with you in the CAP Program to provide academic and personal guidance. Carefully designed courses, small class settings, seminars, workshops, and tutorials will assist you in acquiring the academic skills necessary to succeed at Pace University. All CAP courses will count toward your undergraduate degree.

Special Features of The CAP Program

Advisement and Guidance

You will be assigned a CAP Academic Adviser once you attend orientation. This adviser will follow your academic progress and personal growth throughout your first year of college and be available to you as an academic mentor.

Peer Mentoring

You will also be assigned a CAP Peer Leader, a Pace University student who completed his or her freshman year in the CAP Program and who will act as a peer mentor throughout your first year at Pace.

Special Seminars

The University 101 course is designed to help you develop the best strategies for success throughout your college career. You will improve your skills in time management, test taking, note taking, and other study methods effective in college courses. You will also be oriented to the University Community and learn about available services and opportunities through presentations and class discussion.

Academic Support

The Tutoring Center and The Writing Center each provide free academic support if you are seeking additional assistance with course work and/or study skills.


In order to successfully complete the CAP Program, students must complete 24 credits, achieve and maintain at minimum a cumulative “C” average (2.0 GPA), earn at minimum a “C” in English 120, and pass UNV 101. Continuation of overall enrollment is contingent upon successful progress in accordance with University regulations and completion of these CAP Program requirements within two consecutive semesters. Students who successfully complete their CAP Program must satisfy the matriculation requirements for their intended major.


CAP candidates are students who have the potential to achieve academically and to be successful at our University, but whose academic record has not met Pace University’s admission criteria (high school average and/or SAT/ACT). You must apply and be admitted to the University, and then be referred to the CAP Program to participate. Matriculation begins in the Fall semester only. Students accepted to Pace University through the CAP Program are required to pay at the time of general billing a one-time fee of $500.00 for the specific academic support services offered only to CAP students.