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Academics & Admission

What are the dates for the semester?
Spring runs from the end of January – mid-May. Fall runs from September – mid-December. For actual dates, visit the University's academic calendar.

What is the average class size for students?
18 students.

What is the student to professor ratio?
The student to professor ratio is 16:1.

How do students register for classes?
You can register online 7 days a week, 24-hours a day through the MyPace Portal once you are eligible to do so. You are also able to view your registration dates and times under the "Registration Status" section of the MyPace Portal. This information will be available approximately a week prior to the opening of semester registration. You can find more information on the Office of Student Assistance website.

Do you provide tutors or a tutoring service?
Free tutoring is available both in person and online for specific subject areas and no appointment is necessary. For more information, visit the Learning Center website or the Writing Center website.

What services are available to help students make a successful transition to college life?
The Center for Academic Excellence is the comprehensive academic support network at Pace University that can guide students through their academic and social transitions to college while helping them move forward to graduation. For more information, please visit the Center For Academic Excellence website.

What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s education records. Once a student reaches 18 years of age or attends a postsecondary institution, the rights created by FERPA transfer from the student’s parents to the student. Find more information on the FERPA website.

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Residence Life

What items are not allowed in student rooms?
There is a list of items on the Residence Life website (PDF).

Can a student get a single room in the residence halls?
There are very few single rooms in Pace housing. Most are selected by upper-class students at Room Selection Process; first-year and transfer students aren’t generally eligible for single rooms. If a student has a medical reason for requesting a single room accommodation the student must self-identify and register with the Office of Student Accessibility services on their campus.  

How are roommate assignments made?
There are two means by which students are assigned.  First, students who select one another as roommates are placed together, as long as the request is reciprocal, and all students in a group have applied for housing by the guaranteed housing deadline.  Secondly, students who do not select one or more roommates are matched with roommates based on the four primary criteria of smoking status, bed time, room cleanliness, and preferred study atmosphere. 

Where can I find out more about housing and residential life?
The Housing and Residential Life departments on each campus have additional FAQ on their web sites.  Check out the NYC pages and Pleasantville pages for more information.

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Financial Aid & Money Matters

What is the FAFSA federal school code for Pace University?
New York City Campus: 002791
Westchester Campus: 002792
White Plains Graduate Center: 002727

How do I apply for Financial Aid?
In order to receive federal or state aid, all students must complete the FAFSA Online.

How much does Pace cost?
Lear more about the tuition costs of Pace University.

How do I view and pay my student’s bill?
Your student will receive a bill online in their MyPace Portal and a paper bill will be mailed to their address on file. You can find more information about payments on the Office of Student Assistance.

Do you offer Academic Scholarships?
Yes. Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information.

How can a student apply for a scholarship at Pace?
Once your student applies to Pace, they are automatically eligible for Pace scholarships. There are, however, additional scholarships available for students through our Endowed Scholarship Fund.

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Safety and Security

How safe is campus?
Very safe! The primary responsibility of the Safety and Security Department is to ensure the safety and security of the students, faculty, staff and visitors of the University. There is a supervisor on duty at all times in addition to fixed and patrol assignments. You can find more information on the Safety and Security website.

What security services are available?
Listed below are a few services provided by Pace security:

  • Respond and correct safety and security issues.
  • Maintains visibility and vigilance by conducting mobile patrols, managing access points, verifying identification and monitor campus activities via CCTV system.
  • Provides safety and security training to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Maintains and distributes campus keys and regulate/monitor electronic access systems.
  • Provides an escort between any two points on campus.
  • Administers the University parking program, including issuing permits and enforcing regulations.  Jump-start vehicles with dead batteries and provides slim-jims to those who have locked themselves out of their cars (PLV campus).
  • Notifies members of the University community in the event of certain crimes and campus emergencies.

What are the campus safety protocols in case of emergency?
Pace employs several different emergency protocols to assist the University community in handling emergencies.

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Health and Wellness

Who can I talk to if my student is having a problem?
The Counseling Center Staff is available to discuss any personal or emotional difficulties in complete confidentiality. Services include individual and group counseling and range from counseling for personal and professional problems to crisis intervention. You can find more information on the Counseling Center website.

What is the campus alcohol policy?
Pace University has a strong commitment to a healthy and safe environment for all members of the University community. It is the policy of the University that the unlawful use, possession, sale, distribution, or manufacture of controlled substances and alcohol on University property or at University sponsored programs and activities are prohibited. Read the full Drug and Alcohol Policy.

Are students required to have health insurance?
All full-time undergraduate and graduate domestic and international students must have health insurance. These students will automatically be enrolled on the school accident/sickness plan when they register. You may waive the school's insurance if you provide comparable proof of coverage. Learn more about health insurance and waivers.

Where is the nearest hospital?

  • For NYC, the nearest hospital is New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. The address is 170 William Street, New York, NY 10038.
  • For Westchester, the nearest hospital is Phelps Memorial Hospital Center. The address is Route 9 at Route 117, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591.

What is the meal plan all about?
All resident students are required to purchase one of the supplemental meal plans. Plans are assigned based upon your earned academic credit hours and if you’re living on or off campus.

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Career Services

Who can help with career planning?
The staff at Career Services will be able to help your student with career planning. Career preparation is an extremely important part of the Pace experience and is instrumental in helping your student chart their course from freshman to senior year and beyond! Learn more on the Career Services website.

What resources are available for student and graduates seeking jobs?
The Career Services Department offers practice interviews, career fairs, and career advising for all students here at Pace. This department will help prepare your student to enter the workforce with the necessary skills to succeed.

After graduation, what is the career placement rate?
Thousands of Pace students are participating in internships, practicums, and fieldwork experiences currently. Each year, many Pace students participate in some form of experiential learning! Learn more information by visiting the Career Services website.

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Student Activities

What activities are there on campus?
There are plenty of activities for your student to participate in. They range from student leadership, concerts/events, Greek life, athletics, and intramurals. Find out more information about Student Development and Campus Activities on both the NYC campus and Pleasantville campus

What types of organizations are there on campus?
The types of organizations on campus range from business/professional, academic/college interest, cultural/social/religious, media/entertainment, and student governance. More information can be found on the Student Development and Campus Activities web sites for NYC and Pleasantville

Are there any athletic/sporting events?
Pace University offers a wide range of athletics and intramurals for Pace students to participate and enjoy. You can find more information and events on the Pace athletics website.

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