Students on the Pace Pleasantville Campus

Supporting Our Diverse Community

DACA and Undocumented Students

First Generation Students

  • It is a remarkable achievement to be a first-generation college student. College is exciting and challenging and there can also be some additional stress and pressure being the first in your family to attend college. Some concerns specific to first-generation students include:

    • Pressure to achieve academically for both you and your family
    • Feeling other students understand more about college life
    • Doubt about your ability to succeed
    • Being unable to ask your family for advice or help
    • Fear of losing your identity in your community or family
    • Confusion about social and other rules and expectations
    • Worrying about finances
    • Feelings of guilt or shame about having the opportunity to attend college
    • Embarrassment or resentment about your family’s socioeconomic status or the level of education

    The Counseling Center welcomes the opportunity to be able to support first generation college students in their social, academic, familial and emotional adjustment and well-being.

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    Pace University Resources

    • First Generation Peer Mentoring Program (Pleasantville Campus, Erika Schmid, (914) 773-3351,

International Students

  • Beginning college is a transition for all students and an especially significant one for international students. The adjustment can be both stimulating and demanding. Common concerns for international students might include:

    • Adjustment to a new country, culture and academic system
    • Adjustment fatigue
    • Missing your country and home, not being able to go home often
    • Completing schoolwork in a foreign language
    • Changes in concentration, eating, sleeping and other habits
    • Having more physical or medical issues, navigating a different medical system
    • Immigration and visa concerns
    • Difficulty communicating, being understood and expressing yourself
    • Encountering prejudice or misperceptions about your culture
    • Feeling lonely, sad, irritable and/or anxious
    • Differences in social, dating and other values at home and in your new environment
    • Finding that the personal problems you faced at home may also be present here

    The Counseling Center understands that different countries have varying outlooks on mental health and getting professional support. We are committed to providing culturally-affirmative therapy by respecting and seeking to understand every student’s cultural background and values.

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    Pace University Resources

LGBTQA Students

Non-Traditional Age Students

  • Adjusting to college or graduate school can be difficult. Students of non-traditional college age may grapple with additional stressors which might include:

    • Adjustment to University life or academics
    • Social isolation, struggling to connect to other students
    • Balancing family, work and academic demands
    • Financial difficulties
    • Grappling with changes in your own identity

    The Counseling Center is a resource to help you navigate this next step in your personal and professional life. We welcome your reaching out for support and guidance in this transition.

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Religiously Diverse Students

Students of Color

Students with Disabilities

Transfer Students

Veteran Students